Mattresses can have stains, dirt, dust, dust mites and worse – so, maintaining a clean mattress is important!
Vacuum your mattress: This will remove the dust, dead skin cells and other debris that lands on your mattress and which accumulates over time.
Deodorize your mattress: To do this simply sift baking soda over your mattress, leave for thirty minutes and then vacuum up with that upholstery attachment. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it will definitely help neutralize any odors.
Spot clean your mattress: Fresh stains can usually be removed with a mixture of salt, baking soda and water. Create a paste, rub it on the area and brush off 30 minutes later. Then, use some cool water on a damp cloth to remove the excess and allow to dry. Just remember to use as little liquid as possible and to ensure your mattress is completely dried before using it again to avoid growing your very own mold spores. Placing fans in the room can speed up the process.
Flip your mattress: Turn and/or flip your mattress so it will wear evenly, do this at the turn of every season and rotate clockwise.
If you have bed bugs: This is a serious issue and should not be a DIY project. Act fast and call a professional.
Buy a mattress protector: It is much easier to take off a mattress protector and throw it in the washing machine then to fiddle around on your mattress trying to remove tough stains or spills.
For dry blood stains: Make a paste of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tbsp. each liquid dish soap and table salt. Rub this into the stain and allow it to sit until dry before scraping the residue off. Dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped into hydrogen peroxide, rotating the rag as the stain lifts off. (Using a white rag prevents dye transfer from the cloth to the mattress.) No hydrogen peroxide? Make a paste of meat tenderizer and water instead. The tenderizer’s enzymes will dissolve the blood’s protein bonds.
For urine stains: Dissolve 3 tbsp. baking soda in 8 oz. of hydrogen peroxide then add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Dab this solution on to the spot. (Do NOT drench your mattress!) If the stain persists, wait until the mattress is dry then whisk together 3 tablespoons dry laundry detergent powder (NOT Oxiclean or anything containing oxygenated bleach) and 1 tablespoon water to make a dry foam. Lightly spread this on the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrape away any residue and vacuum well.
Other bodily fluids (vomit, etc.): Open the windows then, using a white rag, blot the stain with undiluted, unscented household ammonia. Do NOT drench your mattress! Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth and sprinkle the spot with baking soda to neutralize the ammonia odor and pull out any lingering moisture. Let this dry then vacuum the area thoroughly.
Remove mold and mildew: These types of stains are caused by too much moisture. Try taking your mattress outside on a bright, sunny day and let the sun dry it out. Try to remove the excess mold and mildew by wiping or sweeping it off. Vacuum your mattress on both sides. When you’ve finished, dispose of the vacuum’s filter and bag. This will prevent the mold spores from leaking out the next time you use the vacuum. Or Mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and warm water. Sponge it onto the mattress. Rinse the area with warm water. Use a common disinfectant. Products such as Lysol will kill any spores that linger.