Mattresses are among the most expensive and longest lasting items in your home so it is best to take care of it by regularly cleaning it. Mattresses can harbour several types of unhygienic matter including dust mites, dead skin, dirt and other debris. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to explain how you can effectively clean your mattress to keep it in tip-top shape.
Why do you need to clean a mattress?
Regardless of how often you change your bed linen, you must still give your mattress a thorough clean every so often.
Mattresses may not look unclean, but according to the Sleep Council, the average adult loses 285ml of fluid each night.
Humans also shed around 454g of dead skin during one year, most of which is left in one’s bed.
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How to clean your mattress
If your mattress is stain-free, the cleaning process is uncomplicated and easy to complete quickly.
To clean a stain-free mattress you should strip your bed and wash the bed linen.
Begin cleaning your mattress by gently vacuuming the surface of the mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, making sure the attachment is clean before you begin.
You should be sure to go over any nooks and crannies thoroughly to ensure you pick up every last bit of dust and other debris.
Next, rotate your mattress from head to toe if it is one-sided, or flip it if its two sides.
Air your mattress for a few hours to allow the fabric to breathe, leaving the window open if possible to allow fresh air to circulate.
Finally, remake your bed.
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How to remove mattress stains
When it comes to removing mattress stains, you should try to get rid of them as soon as they occur as it will then be much easier to remove the stain.
You should check the mattress label before applying any cleaning product as not all products are suited to all mattresses.
If you are unsure about a product and its suitability for your mattress, you should test the solution on a small part of the stain before proceeding with the entire stain.