1. Start with the dust
Remove the sheet and pillowcases and toss them into the washing machine. Secondly, dust the surface of the mattress. Here is an important tip. If you make it a habit never to leave your mattress uncovered by a bedsheet, you may only need to wash the sheet and not bother about the mattress.
It is also important that you have more than one bedsheet for each of the mattresses in your home so that when one of them is washed, another one will be spread to cover the mattress. So, to remove the dust on your mattress, you need to vacuum every part of the surface. Focus more on the crevices and seams as they collect more dust and dirt. You may need to run a garment steamer through your mattress to kill any dust mite that may be hiding in it.
2. Tackle all odors
Several months of dust and sweat can cause odors in your mattress. So, killing odors should be part of cleaning the mattress. To deodorize it, you should spray some disinfecting spray like Lysol. It won’t only kill the odor, it will also kill the bacteria behind the odor.
You may also need to sprinkle some Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to freshen the smell around your mattress. The first leg is to kill offensive odor and the second leg is to give a nice smell. The best time to do this is before you vacuum the mattress at all.
3. Remove nasty stains
Do you take coffee in bed before you sleep or in the morning? Do you love having breakfast in bed?
Chances are high that you must have spilled your drink on your mattress before and the stain is still there even though you tried to remove it then.
On the other hand, you may also over to cuddle your little furry pet on your bed. The best way to remove pet stains is to use a pet stain remover.
A good pet stain remover is Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Bissell Stain Remover. It also removes odor and this is an added benefit since most stains come with their distinctive odors. However, spray it mildly on your mattress so that you don’t over-wet it.
Don’t make the bed immediately after spraying it. You need to give it some time to dry up completely before you make it.
4. Use homemade stain removers
The good news is that you don’t have to purchase any expensive stain remover if you can’t afford it since there are several cheaper options. You can make a paste of salt and lemon juice. Paste the mixture on the stain and leave it for about 45 minutes before you wipe it off with a clean and dry towel.
A combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid dish soap will do wonders on the stains on your mattress. Mix the three items up in a spray bottle and spray the mixture on the stained area. Leave it for a while before you wipe it off with a towel or a clean rag.
5. Air it outside
After cleaning it, it is a good idea to air it outside in the sun. Well, if you live in a high rise apartment, it may not be possible. Well, you can still stand it near the window facing the sun or use a warm air dryer for it.
In conclusion, do you know that you won’t need to go through all the stress of cleaning your mattress if you make sure it is always covered by a bedspread? You will only need to wash the bedspread and its pillowcases. So, from now on, make sure you always cover your mattress and pillows with a bedspread and pillowcases.
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