Cleaning Your Mattress

December 12, 2018

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When you think about your most used piece of furniture, chances are you think it's your couch or microwave.  But your mattress is used every night and for hours each time.  And while you routinely clean your furniture and appliances, your mattress probably hasn't been cleaned since you bought it.  Although linens and mattress pads offer some layer of clean, you should clean your mattress once every six months. Cleaning it is fairly easy too. First, start with a nice vacuum.  Remove your sheets and mattress cover and do a quick pass with a vacuum cleaner across the top and sides of your mattress. You'll get rid of those cracker crumbs from late night munching sessions, along with any other dirt, pet hair, and dust that's accumulated over time. Spot clean any stain. Most stains are protein-based, meaning its sweat, blood and urine. Treat stains with a combination of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and baking soda. Mix them into a spray bottle and treat the stained area. Blot and/or rub with a clean rag. Or make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Apply the mixture to the stain, and let it stand for 30–60 minutes. Wipe off salt with a clean towel. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the entire surface and let it sit for a long time (at least a couple of hours). It will absorb any excess liquid from the stain removal process, and leave your mattress smelling fresh and clean. Vacuum off the baking soda, making sure to get into any crevices to remove the powder. If you're able to haul the mattress outside for the day, do so as the sun's UV rays naturally eliminate bacteria. As for memory foam, avoid using hard products that could damage the memory of the mattress.  Skip cleaning products with bleach or ammonia and use a simple mixture of half dish soap and half water, or a spray bottle filled with diluted white vinegar. Your memory foam mattress might take a while to dry out; you can speed the process up with lots of sun or a warm hair dryer.  

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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