Keeping your mattress clean is an important part of sleep hygiene. While you probably wash your sheets, bedcovers and mattress protectors regularly, it’s easy to forget that your mattress and box springs need some attention too. Dry skin flakes, sweat and pollen can penetrate even the best mattress covers, leaving you with a mattress that’s less than pristine. A clean mattress is a healthy mattress. Learning how to clean a mattress can help preserve your investment and help you sleep better.
6 Mattress Cleaning Tips For Great Sleep Hygiene
Vacuum Your Mattress Every 3 Months
Strip the sheets off of your bed completely and use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to clean the top and sides of your mattress every few months. By pressing firmly as you move the upholstery attachment over the fabric, you’ll draw out the dust and dirt from deep inside your mattress. Pay particular attention to the seams, using the crevice tool to dislodge accumulated dirt.
Rotate Your Mattress
While you have your bed stripped, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that you take the opportunity to wipe down the bed frame and rotate your mattress and box springs. Many newer mattresses have only one right side up, so flipping them over isn’t possible, but if you have a mattress that can be flipped, it’s also a good time to do that as well. Rotating your mattress will help prevent lumps and wallows from forming, and it should be done every 3 months.
Get The Stains Out Of Your Mattress
We’ll cover this topic further in upcoming posts, but if you’re wondering how to get urine stains out of a mattress (or any other kind of stain), mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap and baking soda and rub some gently on the stain. Afterwards, blot it clean with a clean rag. Another suggestion is to mix lemon juice and salt into a paste and leave it on the stain for about 60 minutes. Use a soft rag to wipe up the salt crystals left behind. When you finish removing the stains, sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress. Let it sit for several hours before vacuuming to freshen and deodorize your mattress.
Air Out Your Mattress
If possible, air out your mattress outside on a bright sunny day to help naturally eliminate bacteria. Since it may not be practical to drag your mattress outside, an alternative is to open your windows on a sunny day and position your bed to receive some fresh air and UV rays.
Use A Mattress Protector
Prevention is the best way to keep your mattress clean. We recommend covering your mattress with a mattress protector to provide the best barrier against dust mites, which thrive on dead skin particles. This machine washable mattress cover is made from a waterproof material that’s also breathable to keep you comfortable year round.
Lower Your Bedroom Temperature & Humidity
Keep your bedroom’s temperature and humidity low to help thwart the growth of dust mite populations, and remove plants and pets from your bedroom to prevent pollen and dander from ever reaching your mattress.
Because you spend approximately one third of your life on your mattress, you want it to be as clean and comfortable as possible. The proper care and cleaning of your mattress will help extend its life, but after about eight years of use, it will begin to show signs of wear and will need to be replaced. When that time comes, visit The Daily Doze Mattress Tips & Education for professional advice about the best mattress for your lifestyle.
About The Author
Craig McAndrews is the former chief strategy officer for Mattress Firm. In his role, he led product development and merchandising strategy, both in-store and online. When he was a regular contributor to The Daily Doze, he shared insights on to how make the mattress buying process a little easier, and what is really important when it comes to selecting your sleep system.
Craig’s career in the bedding industry initially began with Sealy’s Stearns & Foster, where he regularly worked with Mattress Firm, giving him the opportunity to witness the company’s special culture first hand. He soon joined the Mattress Firm team as a franchise owner, and played a part in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Later, Craig served in a variety of roles for Mattress Firm; and his passion for helping customers “Sleep Happy” and commitment to sharing his extensive industry knowledge with his teammates have garnered the respect and admiration of coworkers and peers alike.
Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Houston with his wife April and their two sons Ben and Nate.
Best Night’s Sleep: His best nights’ sleep happen at home when he is with his family – and, of course, following a Cowboys win.