A mattress is a serious investment, so you want to make sure it lasts, and that means learning how to clean it. Mattresses harbor dust mites, dead skin, dirt, and other debris, so they need to be cleaned regularly, especially if you have allergies, pets, or just a midnight snack.
The good news is that cleaning a mattress is easier than you might think. Read on to discover nine simple steps you can take to keep your mattress clean and sleep-ready for years to come. With expert insight from Ed Curry, President of Duxiana Mattress Company, and Neil Parikh, Co-Founder of Casper, here are tips on how to properly care for your mattress so you can sleep soundly.1. Gather your mattress cleaning supplies
You will need certain materials to deep clean your mattress. Collect:
vacuum cleaner with hood attachment
enzyme cleaner or dish soap to remove stains
- Make the bed and wash all bedding
While you’re cleaning your mattress, remove the sheets, pillowcases, and mattress covers and spin them in the washing machine. Washing all bedding in hot water will help get rid of dust mites. Depending on the type of pillow you have, you can also wash them (If you’re not sure, double-check the care label and research how to wash your pillow.)
- Vacuum the mattress
Grab the vacuum cover attachment and sweep over the entire surface of the mattress, including the sides. Pay special attention to the layer and cut the crack attachment to remove hidden dirt and dust.
- Clean your mattress with stain remover
Now it’s time to focus on removing stains from the mattress, which means spot cleaning. Never soak or apply water or cleaning solutions to your mattress. For example, memory foam does not get wet at all. That’s why it’s important to be careful and work on the principle that less is more.