As normal adults, we sweat and shed dead skin cells while we sleep. All of this gets absorbed by the bedsheets as well as the mattresses. The moisture, along with the skin cells, acts as the perfect environment for allergens, mites, bed bugs, etc., to thrive in your bed.
We all wash bedding as a part of our weekly or monthly chores. However, what about our mattresses, particularly ones that have been in storage for some time? You need to freshen your mattress to keep yourself healthy and prolong the mattress’ life as well. You can’t put the mattress in a washing machine, or can you? In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about how to freshen a mattress that has been in storage. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!
How to Freshen a Mattress – Step-by-Step Instructions
Knowing how to clean all kinds of stains on the mattress and how often you should turn it aren’t enough for keeping your mattress in good shape. Apart from the cleanup, whether you have a memory foam mattress or a regular one, mattresses also need to be freshened up more regularly. Below we have all the materials and tools required and the steps to follow. So, ready to start freshening your mattress?
Things You Will Need
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Upholstery Attachment
- Crevice Attachment
- Spray Bottle
- Safety Goggles
- Clean Cloth
- Baking Soda
- Distilled Water
- Essential Oil
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Laundry Detergent
DIY Mattress Cleaning Steps
1. Strip the Mattress
Before you start to deep clean the mattress, you have to remove anything that isn’t a part of it. If there is a mattress topper, mattress liner or mattress protector, remove them. Fold them carefully and ensure that no more dust or dirt falls on the old mattress.
2. Vacuum the Mattress
Now, prepare the mattress for cleaning, and the best way to do that is to vacuum it. If you don’t vacuum it properly, the dust and dirt on the entire surface of the mattress will undermine your cleaning efforts.
Fix an upholstery attachment with the vacuum. Go back and forth systematically, width-wise, on your mattress until you have vacuumed the whole thing. To vacuum the hard-to-reach places such as embroidery, indentations, etc., use the crevice attachment. Once you have vacuumed one side, flip the mattress and similarly do the other side.
3. Deodorise the Mattress
No one likes sleeping on a mattress that smells bad. The next step is to get rid of the musty, unwanted smells from the mattress. Deodorising a mattress is very simple. Sprinkle some baking soda on the entire mattress.
Let the baking soda sit for almost 24 hours. The longer you let the baking soda sit, the more odour and moisture it will be able to absorb. It is okay if you end up using an entire box of baking soda or even more.
If you don’t want to use baking soda, you can use any mattress deodoriser product available in the market. However, make sure that you follow the instructions given on the back of the box down to the tee.
If you live in a dry region, then we suggest that you keep your windows open. If possible, keep the mattress in sunlight, as it will naturally kill germs, bacteria, etc. Vacuum the mattress again, following the instructions given above to remove the deodoriser.
4. Kill the Dust Mites
If your mattress has been in storage for a while, it is bound to have dust mites in it, and you have to kill them. This step is very important as dust mites aggravate allergies, cause asthma, rashes, and a lot more.
Take 470 mL of hot water and mix 2 tbsps of any essential oil that you like. You can use tea tree, caraway, eucalyptus, rosemary, clove, etc. Put this mixture in a sprayer bottle and spray this mixture all over the mattress. Let it dry before you proceed.
5. Disinfect the Mattress
There are germs everywhere, and if your mattress has been in storage for some time, you need to disinfect it. This is important since the mattress can accumulate bacteria, germs, and other contaminants over the passage of time.
Mix 60 mL of bleach with 3.8 L of cold water. Put this mixture into a sprayer bottle and spray the mixture all over the mattress. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Wipe the mattress down with a clean, damp cloth.
Make sure that you are using safety equipment such as masks, gloves, goggles, etc. Moreover, ensure that you are working in a well-ventilated area. If possible, bring the mattress out in the sun to dry. If you don’t want to use bleach, you can also use other disinfectants and sanitising products.
6. Remove the Stains
If there are any stains on the mattress, you will have to remove them. For mattresses that have been in the storage, dirt and dust stains are very likely. The dirt stains not only look bad, but they are also a breeding ground for dust mites, bacteria, germs, etc.
To remove them, lightly spray white vinegar on the mattress and then sprinkle baking soda on top of it. Let the mixture sit for a few hours. Use a butter knife to scrape the dried mixture off. Then, vacuum the mattress.
If the dirt stains are tough, you can use a mattress cleaner or any other stain remover product for better results. Make sure that you follow the instructions given in the box of the cleaning products.
One of the most common mattress stains, particularly in mattresses used by kids, is urine stains. You can purchase an enzyme cleaner to break down the stains. Or else mix 2 tbsp baking soda with 240 mL peroxide. Add ½ tbsp of dish soap to it.
With the help of a sponge, dab the mixture on the stain. Don’t soak the mattress with the cleaning solution. Let the area dry. If the stain is still there, mix 3 tbsp laundry powder and 1 tbsp hot water. Spread this mixture on the stain and let it sit for over half an hour. Remove the paste using a butter knife. Vacuum and remove any residue.
Even though blood stains are not very common, they are not rare. They don’t smell bad comparatively but are harder to remove—mix 60 mL of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp dish soap.
Spread this mixture over the stain and leave it for 15 minutes. Scrape off the dried paste with a butter knife. If the stain is still there, dip a cloth in peroxide and dab the stain with it until it is gone.
To clean vomit stains, dip a clean cloth in ammonia and dab the stain with it. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wipe with a clean white cloth and warm water. You can use paper towels as well. Don’t use a lot of ammonia and ventilate the room.
Voila! Your mattress is ready for use!
Tips for Keeping Your Mattress Clean
Here are a few cleaning tips to make sure that your best mattress stays clean for a long time.
- Once you have cleaned your mattress thoroughly, you should cover it with a mattress cover to protect it from dirt, dust, grime, etc. It will keep the mattress clean for a longer period of time. Moreover, you get a waterproof mattress topper or mattress pad that will protect the mattress from sweat stains, body oils, water spills, etc.
- Instead of letting the stains sit on the mattress, we recommend that you clean them as soon as possible. Removing fresh stains is easy as compared to dried, stubborn ones.
- Keep the room airy and ventilated. If your mattress is damp, it will invite spores, mould, mildew, bacteria, fungi, etc. Keep the ceiling fan on for half an hour after you wake to get rid of any moisture in your bed from sweat, bodily fluids, etc.
- You can use a steam cleaner to deep clean your mattress as well. However, make sure that your mattress dries thoroughly before putting linens, pillow tops, etc., on top of your new mattress.
Most of us spend 1/3 of our lives on a mattress. Therefore, it is not rocket science when we say that mattresses end up with a lot of dust, dirt, and stains as well. After some time, the mattresses not only start to look dirty, but they also pose a health risk to you & your family if you don’t clean them properly.
This stands true for the mattresses in storage as they might also pick up additional offensive smells or scents. Thankfully, by spring cleaning your mattress thoroughly with the help of the steps and methods we have detailed above, you can deep clean your mattress and live a healthy, happy life.
Here’s to a peaceful, good night’s sleep, folks!