If you enjoy the prospect of living in a healthy environment, you have to put in the effort of keeping all items in your home clean and tidy. The more often you clean, the quicker and easier your subsequent sessions will become. So far, so good, right? There is, however, one item which often gets overlooked – the mattress. This all-important piece of bedding is directly responsible for the quality of your rest at night, as well as the overall air quality in your bedroom.
“But my mattress doesn’t seem dirty” – one might argue. But this argument is flawed – just as with everything else related to cleaning, you simply cannot afford to wait for your mattress to get visibly dirty before getting around to cleaning it. Dirt and germs build up 24/7 but only become visible to the naked eye once an item is completely covered by a thick layer of dust. By that point, you’ve already been exposed to their damaging influence for days or possibly – even weeks! So, remember – just because your mattress looks comfy and plushy doesn’t mean that it can’t use an extra cleaning session!
Still not convinced?
Here are 3 reasons to clean your mattress right now:
How to Clean your mattress – a Step-by-step guide
Step 1 – Strip the bed
Begin your mattress cleaning session by removing all pillows and decorations and working your way down – toys, blankets and linens. Take a minute to evaluate the state of your linens and pillowcases and decide whether they need washing – chances are that they do. Put them in the washing machine, as per the label instructions.
Step 2 – Vacuuming
Take out your trusty vacuum cleaner, snap on the upholstery attachment and get to vacuuming. This will ensure that you get rid of the larger debris as well as the majority of dust and dirt on the surface of your mattress. Don’t forget to vacuum the edges of the bed, as well as the mattress piping.
Step 3 – Check for spills
If there are any fresh spills on your mattress, you want to get them out immediately. Grab a clean cloth and some water and start blotting. Just as with carpet and upholstery cleaning, you want to blot instead of rubbing to avoid pushing the stains deeper into the fabric.
Step 4 – Spot cleaning
To get rid of any spots on your mattress, you can use a mixture of 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide to 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Grab an old (but clean!) toothbrush and gently scrub the stains. After you’re done, wipe away any leftovers with a clean and damp cloth.
Step 5 – Deodorise
Now comes the time for odour removal. This is best done with the help of baking soda – no need for fancy commercial cleaners! Liberally sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and let it do its thing for about half an hour. You can use this time to check on your linens in the washing machine. Then, simply vacuum the soda away.
Step 6 – Air it out
Let your mattress breathe some fresh air by opening the windows. This will ensure that there’s no remaining moisture as well as aid in further deodorisation.
Keeping your mattress safe
There are a few more tricks to keeping your mattress safe beyond simple cleaning sessions. Here’s what you can do:
The finishing touch
Once your mattress is thoroughly cleaned, and you’ve got your fresh set of linens and pillowcases, you’ve only got one last check to perform before you put your bed back together. Take a couple of minutes to feel your mattress for moisture carefully – excessive moisture can lead to mould formations and permanent damage.
If everything’s in order, then it’s time to put the bed back together. Start from the fitted sheets and work your way back up, reversing the procedure in Step 1.
There are few things in life as inevitable as the fact that your home will continuously be in need of cleaning. Whether it is an immediate mess that you need to address or perhaps just the regular domestic cleaning round, you will have to invest the time and effort to restore the conditions in your place back to normal.
Without a doubt, you wish to spend as little time cleaning as possible. After all, it is not the best of activities. To do that, you need to look into a few ways that keep your home clean for longer and minimise the need to clean it all that often.
There is little doubt that these tips will help you keep the mess at home under control and reduce the amount of effort you have to invest in the job.
At London Domestic Cleaners we always try to teach our clients how to clean at home with ease and expertise. Be sure to contact us on 020 3907 7267 for further details.