Does the thought of microscopic critter hiding in your mattress conjure a gag reflex in you? It certainly does in me. Dust mites thrive in dust particles around your home and feed on dead human skin you shed on a daily basis.
This means that your bedding, including the fabric of your mattress is one of their favorite places to live. While washing your bed sheets weekly and cleaning and refreshing it every month is recommended to control these pesky mites, it is not the only reason for doing so.
You probably spend six to eight hours on it every night. This probably the longest time you spend in one spot and inevitably, your sweat may accumulate over time resulting in stains and bad odors.
Now, every time you start getting creeped out about dust mites living where you sleep or smell a hint of bad odors, you should freshen your mattress by stripping of that mattress pad as well as those sheets, wash them in hot water and eliminate the stains. After this, you should clean and refresh it to extend its lifespan and keep your bed smelling fresh.
1. Remove The Dust Mites
We can’t prevent dust mites any more than we can completely eliminate germs and bacteria, but we sure can keep them under control and minimize any possible negative impacts on our health and quality of life. Moreover, dust mites can also reduce the lifespan if left unchecked. Follow these simple steps to clean a mattress and remove dust mites:
- Remove the mattress cover, blankets, sheets, and pillows.
- Vacuum the top and sides.
- Pull off the mattress and vacuum the bed’s box springs, ensuring that you also do the sides.
- Flip it over and vacuum its bottom.
2. Remove Stains
No matter how careful you are, you will occasionally need to remove stains too. Ideally, you should use a small steam cleaner to cover the affected area with the cleaner solution without saturating it with water as this may spread the stain across the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide is a good stain remover that won’t damage the mattress’ fabric.
- Spray the cleaning solution to the stain.
- Using a steam cleaner, extract the material or use a clean cloth the blot the area.
- Turn on your fan or open your bedroom windows to let it air dry.
- Do not cover it with bedding till it dries completely.
3. Remove The Odors
Odors can be difficult to remove once they get absorbed into a mattress. Baking soda and vinegar remove odors by balancing the pH levels of the odor-causing material. Neutral materials have little to not odor at all. There are three ways you can use to remove odors completely.
- Using vinegar – Vinegar is highly acidic which makes it an excellent disinfectant that neutralizes the odors disinfects the material and leaves no residue so there is no need to rinse it afterwards. To remove odors with white vinegar, simple spray it over the entire mattress after vacuuming it then let is air dry.
- Using baking soda – This is a very effective alkaline odor neutralizer. To remove odors with baking soda, sprinkle it over the striped mattress, let it sit overnight then vacuum the baking soda off the next day.
- Air and sunlight – Exposing your mattress to air and sunlight is great way to deodorize it naturally. The sun’s UV light can dissipate chemical odors and may change the chemical composition of some substances stopping the odors right from the source. Take it out to air dry in the sun for at least 12 hours.
These are the tools you need to clean your mattress and freshen it. You can use a cover to minimize damage and increase its lifespan.