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All Things Snooze

How to Clean a Mattress:
8 Steps

Over time, mattresses can gather a variety of unwanted guests, like dead skin, dust, dirt, and more. And since we spend about one-third of our lives in bed, it’s important to keep our mattress healthy and clean.

Here are the steps we recommend for cleaning your mattress thoroughly. We also added tips on how to get stains out and keep things smelling fresh. Your mattress will mostly need to dry overnight, so plan accordingly.

Step 1: Collect Your Supplies

First of all, you will need to gather the supplies needed to clean your mattress. Most of the supplies are items you can find in your home.

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For cleaning your mattress, you will need a sturdy spray bottle, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, rags, laundry detergent, and a vacuum (handheld works the best).

Step 2: Strip the Bed

Strip your mattress of all bedding, pillows, sheets and stuffed animals (no judgment) so that your mattress is completely bare. While you’re cleaning your mattress, you can use this time to wash your sheets as well.

Step 4: Spot-Clean Mattress Stains

Mattresses are an investment and they’re personal, thus it can be frustrating when you notice any stains on them. In order to clean mattress stains, you will need a stain remover. The type of stain remover needed will depend on the type of stain. For sweat, vomit, blood, or urine stains, reach for an enzyme-based cleaner.

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Incase you don’t have an enzyme-based cleaner, go the DIY way and make your own at home. To make the solution, use:

  • 16 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2–4 generous drops of liquid detergent

Feel free to add a few drops of essential oil — like lavender or eucalyptus — to help fight against any stains that have an odor and leave your mattress feeling fresh. Pour your DIY cleaner in a sturdy spray bottle and spray on all stains generously.

For spills or night-time accidents, it’s advised to clean the affected area as quickly as possible. Using a gentle detergent or stain remover (without bleach) will break down brand new blemishes, but won’t affect the performance of the mattress. To get rid of rigid mystery blotches, a laundry brush paired with the cleaner will work wonders.

What are those Yellow Stains on my Mattress?

The usual causes of yellow stains on a mattress are urine, sweat, food preservatives, and other bodily fluids. With time, it is natural for mattresses to become a little discolored. To cleans sweat and urine from a mattress, you will need to spot the area (don’t scrub!). Then spray a vinegar solution on the stain and let it soak for at least 10–15 minutes. After the area is soaked, cover the stain with baking soda and let it stay for 8–10 hours. Then, vacuum the dry baking soda.

Step 5: Sprinkle Baking Soda

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Sprinkle and spread a layer of baking soda over your mattress and leave for a couple of hours. The longer you leave it on, the better. The baking soda helps to break down acid and absorb liquids and smells. You can add essential oils to the baking soda before you layer it on. This will add a pleasant, clean scent.

Step 6: Vacuum Again

When the baking soda has done its job, thoroughly vacuum it. A cordless hand vacuum cleaner works the best. However, you can also use another type of vacuum cleaner or use a broom (the clean up will just be a little messier).

Step 7: Air Out Your Mattress

Let the mattress dry for about 8–10 hours. If you need it that night you can put a fan on it or put it outside to speed up the drying process.

Step 8: Flip the Mattress and Repeat

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Great, you’ve cleaned one side! It may not be required though as this side is always sealed in contact with your base. But if you feel it’s not looking fresh or dirty, it’s time to do the other side! Flip your mattress and redo steps 1–8 and you’ll have a perfectly clean mattress.

Make sure you flip it back to correct side after cleaning. The GetRest mattress should not be used up-side down. If you sleep on one side of the bed or sleep with a partner that is significantly heavier than you, then you should rotate the bed 180 degrees every 3-6 months.

How to Clean a Memory Foam Mattress

While cleaning a memory foam mattress, the steps are usually the same. The major difference is the drying process. Memory foam mattresses are like super sponges so they absorb moisture quickly and dry slowly. When drying your memory foam mattress, use a hairdryer on low heat or a fan to speed up the drying process.

For memory foam pillows, fill up a bathtub or a utensil with water and add some gentle laundry detergent. Memory foam should never go in the washer or dryer. Drench your pillow into the water and squeeze it a couple of times to allow the water to absorb into the pillow. Then, squeeze and put pressure on your pillow (don’t twist!) to remove all excess water. Leave to air dry outside or by a fan. You can also spot clean the stains on a pillow the same way you would for a mattress.

Tips for Keeping Your Mattress Clean

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Experts, somnologists (sleep doctor) and GetRest Labs recommend replacing your mattress every 8-10 years. To keep your mattress in pristine shape during that time while getting the most amount of beauty sleep out of it, we’ve rounded up some of our favorable tips for keeping your mattress clean.

Use Protection

Utilizing a waterproof mattress protector is a no-brainer to shield against dirt, spills, and normal wear and tear.

Give It a Bath

While we don’t recommend attempting to wash it yourself, there are several professionals out there who can get the job done. We suggest contacting your local mattress cleaning service and scheduling a convenient home visit.

Keep the Smell Fresh

To keep scents/smells in check, air out the mattress by taking off the sheets and opening a few windows. For serious smell situations, consider sprinkling baking soda on the cover, then vacuuming it away before putting the sheets back on.

Keep Out Dust with well Fitted Sheets

Use well fitted sheets to protect your mattress from dust, dirt, and dead skin. This will help keep your allergies at bay and make sure that dust mites don’t find a new place to shelter.

Rotate Your Mattress, DON'T FLIP IT

Parallel with regular cleaning, you can periodically rotate your mattress head-to-foot (180°) every six months to make sure it wears out evenly, but don’t ever flip a GetRest Mattress. The GetRest mattress is strategically layered for your comfort so it shouldn’t be flipped in any case.

Also, the correct setup will make a huge impact on the bed’s lifespan. You’ll find that the type of support that sits under your mattress is just as important as the different layers of materials.

A quality mattress is an investment and protecting your mattress is crucial to getting the most out of it. Cleaning your mattress regularly will extend its life and ensure it stays comfortable. However, all good things come to an end. After 8–10 years, it’s time to re invest in a new mattress.

Make sure you find a mattress that suits your support and cooling needs. At GetRest, we are dedicated to engineering mattresses that keep you cool, comfortable, and cradled all night long.