15 Cleaning Tips for Beds and Mattresses

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When was the last time you gave your bed and mattress a thorough deep cleaning? Probably you can't remember, Maybe you have never done it, or perhaps you often want to do it, but you have no idea how to start. Well, this piece of information is for you.

At the sunset of every day after a tedious, fun, depressing day we all turn to our beds. Sleeping reduces a lot of tension and stresses accumulated from daily activities. Averagely we spend 6-8 hours every day on our beds.

This translates to 1/3 of your lifetime in bed. With this information in mind, our beds need to be the cleanest place around the house.  Surprisingly, the bed and the mattress are the last things in mind to clean when most people are generally cleaning their house.

General cleaning tips of bed and mattress

They are several ways of cleaning your bedding and mattresses. Depending on what materials you can access, one or a combination of two processes below are good for your mattress.

  • The first step to cleaning your bed is cleaning it covers. Remove decorations, pillows, duvets, blankets and all linen that covers your bed. Wash all these covers and linen in hot water.  The purpose of hot water is to kill the mites present in your bedding.  In your washing basket, add Y. cup of vinegar to remove odors and any persistent mites that may not be destroyed by the water temperature.
  • Clean the sides, corners, and edges of the mattress using a long upholstery nozzle of a vacuum cleaner.  Choosing the right vacuum cleaner that's suitable for your mattress will help clear away dust, dead skin, mites, hair and any other diminutive dirt from your bed.
  • Sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress; let it sit for 45 min to 1 hour for the baking soda to absorb sweat odors. After 1 hour, consider vacuuming your mattress to remove the baking soda residue on the mattress. An alternative to vacuuming once you have let your baking soda settle is using a piece of cloth. Pat your cloth around the mattress ensuring that no baking soda spots are left behind.
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    On a sunny day, take your mattress outside for aeration. Ultra -Violet rays help in sanitizing and refreshing fabrics. Letting your mattress stay under the sun for more than 3 hours helps fight dust mites and kill any organism on the surface of your mattress.  Place your mattress on top of a trampoline, a sunny deck, or you can lean it on a wall. It works out perfectly too. After some hours you can take back in your mattress.
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    Beating is another way of cleaning your mattress. On a sunny day, take your mattress outside, using a bat a rod or any light long stick; beat your mattress for around 20-25 minutes.  Make sure you beat it on both sides. This action helps get rid of dust mites and skin cells not forgetting it a good workout for your body too! After beating, you can consider an additional measure of the tip above, or take it inside as it is.
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    For a scrupulous cleaning process, spray your mattress with vinegar and sprinkle the top with baking soda. As the mixture bubbles, place a clean piece of cloth over it and let it sit for 1 hour.  Remove the cloth; wipe away the mattress using a clean towel to remove the baking soda. At this point, you can consider leaving it that way or vacuum clean it for extra cleanliness.
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    If your mattress has a persistent unpleasant odor, acquire a plastic mattress bag, the bags used in a box or moving company.  Sprinkle your mattress with baking soda, ensure the baking soda covers majority parts of your mattress, place it in the bag and seal it for 24-48 hours. After this period all odors should have gone. Remove the mattress and vacuum to remove the baking soda residues.

Stains removal tips on mattresses

When removing stains from your mattress, minimize the use the cleaning fluid to avoid over saturation

  • If your mattress is stained with general dirt, consider purchasing an upholstery cleaning agent from a stall, follow the detailed instructions on the container and in some few minutes, your mattress will be free from stains. Ensure your mattress is not saturated by the liquid to avoid spoiling its inner pad.
  • For blood stains, use hydrogen peroxide. Put few drops of the liquid to the blood stain and while it is bubbling, blot using a clean white cloth. Leave it for around 5 to 10 minutes after it stops bubbling. Lightly spray the area with cold water and blot until it dries. Hot water spreads the stain further.
  • Besides hydrogen peroxide, blood stains can also be removed with cold salty water. Mix 2 cups of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt. After the salt has dissolved, lightly sprinkle the water on the stained part and leave it to soak for 4-6 minutes. Pat dry with a clean cloth.
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    For urine stains, pat dry the excess fluid using a clean, dry towel. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon of dish soap and lightly sprinkle the mixture or apply it using a soaked clot to the stained parts. Let the mixture settle on the stained area for 24 hours. With the lapse of this time, your mattress will be clean with a few residues of baking soda. You can vacuum clean or wipe the residues using a clean cloth.

Bed frames and boards cleaning tips

Bed frames and boards need to be cleaned and maintained to as part of the process of cleaning the mattress. A well -maintained bed board and frames help support you and your mattress for a longer duration of time.

  • Bed frames and boards that are made of metal are capable of rusting and harboring dust. First dust the boards and flames using a dry cloth and then check for spots that are rusted or those that are due to rust. Brush this spots with a stiff wire brush and finish with a sealant paint to avoid the rust from reappearing.
  • For beds that are made of wood, dust the frames and board periodically. Wood can be a bug harbor, be cautious when dealing with this type of beds. After dusting, tighten any loose nuts and hinges to avoid accidents.
  • If your bed board or frame is infested by bed bugs, take the frames outside to avoid spreading their eggs to other parts of the room. Consider getting a bug spray, and entirely spray all the wooden parts taking special care to corners and hinges.
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    Soaking the wooden flames on hot water is an alternative to dealing with bugs. Once your bed board and frames are out, boil come considerable amount of water around 5 liters and carefully spray on the boards. Keep it outside to dry to avoid rotting. When dealing with hot water be cautious.

Conclusion

However much the thought of cleaning a mattress and bed can be a frightening one, the tips above optimistically will drive away your fear. Cleaning your bed and mattress on a regular basis helps keep off dust and allergens and also supports the mattress longevity. When stains and spills occasionally occur in your mattress make sure to wipe them out immediately to avoid harsh and ugly marks on your beautiful mattress.