Mattress Cleaning Facts and Tips Provided by Anyclean

updated: 06/07/2024

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We don't usually think about mattress stains until too late: your new bed is arriving, the movers are here, and you strip the bed, only to notice unsightly stains. It can be embarrassing, so remember to include mattress cleaning in the list of preparations before the day comes.

There are many good commercial products on the market. Most of them will do a great job cleaning your mattress, but some stains can be removed with cleaning products you probably already have on hand. After the stain is gone, and even when you change the sheets, placing a scented dryer sheet between the mattress and the bottom sheet will help keep the mattress and room smelling fresh.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is an excellent mattress-cleaning product. You can buy lemon-scented cleaners at the store or mix a half cup of lemon juice with cold water for a bleach-like chemical reaction with most mattress fabric stains. Always blot the stains, or else they will spread, and at the very least, you will encounter a ring of ugly brown water spots after the area has dried. Mild white powder detergent is suitable for mattress cleaning, too. Be sure to use white powder detergent and not a liquid blue. It may stain the mattress worse.

Baking Soda

It's not recommended to smoke in bed, as the smell is one of the least of your problems. But if you do, you could soon notice that the entire room smells like an ashtray. If this is the case, remove all the sheets and sprinkle baking soda liberally over the mattress. Let it set for the entire day, then vacuum it with the attachment.

Mould Problem

Moisture causes mould; your bedroom may smell a little musty if you live in a colder climate. This could be from mildew deep inside your mattress. This mould can make you ill, so replace the mattress if possible. In the meantime, use a light solution of bleach and water to kill any remaining mildew. Running a humidifier and fan in the room can help alleviate mildew further. Of course, the best thing for mildew is the sun, so if you can, drag your mattress out into the backyard and give it a good vacuuming. Let it stand in the sun for a few hours to refresh it.

Remove Urine Stains

Urine can destroy your mattress. For your mattress cleaning needs in this area, blot up as much of the stain as possible and use a commercial cleaner specially formulated for pet urine stains. This is better than any home remedy because commercial cleaners have chemicals that will kill any bacteria from the stain penetrating the surface of the mattress. Emergency treatment is to saturate the urine stain with vinegar and warm water, blot as much as possible, repeat, sprinkle baking soda, and vacuum it off twenty-four hours later.

These are just a few ideas to help with mattress cleaning. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer for cleaning instructions.

Call a professional carpet, rug, and mattress cleaning company for the best results. No offence to your DIY skills, but their tools, materials, and expertise are unmatched. On top of that, you can go down to the pub and have a pint. It couldn't get better than that, could it?

How To Clean a Mattress?

  1. Remove any linen and mattress protectors, and use the vacuum cleaner to vacuum the mattress thoroughly. Vacuuming also helps reduce the dust mites that live on the mattress.
  2. You can rub any marks and stains visible on the surface of the mattress with upholstery cleaners and a cloth.
  3. Rinse the stain and the cleaning detergent with warm water and a clean cloth or towel and let it dry. Do not use too much water, as it may lead to mould development in the mattress foam, which will be difficult to clean and leave a nasty smell.
  4. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process so that you can use the mattress immediately.

Alternatively, professional cleaning companies offer mattress cleaning, which you can benefit from.

General Advice On How to Keep Your Mattress Clean

  1. Use a mattress protector to keep your mattress clean and stains free. Washing it regularly is a good idea, as it accumulates dust and dirt from the human body. For best results, wash it on the same day as your bed linen, and it might be useful to have a spare one in case it hasn’t dried until it is time to use it.
  2. Vacuum the mattress regularly. Most vacuum cleaners have an attachment for cleaning upholstery. Doing this once a week will significantly reduce the amount of dust.
  3. Do not bring food and drinks to the bed to prevent spillages, which can lead to unpleasant stains and smells.

Mattresses are an essential part of our home furniture, and like anything else, they need to be cleaned regularly for better sleep and lifestyle.

About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.