Mattresses endure a lot over time. They may be subject to sweat, drool, hair and body oils, dust, allergens, pet dander, and indoor pollutants such as cigarette smoke. Luckily, there are ways to prolong the life of your mattress and eliminate odors. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Clean a Mattress
Strip your mattress of all bedding, and use the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean both sides slowly. Vacuuming removes dust, dust mites, pet dander and fur, assorted crumbs, and other debris. Have a friend or family member help you lift it so you can vacuum each side.
2. Apply Spot Treatments
Use household products to treat any stains. If there’s a vomit stain, for example, apply a spot treatment of equal parts white vinegar and water, a solution that also deodorizes and disinfects. Spray and blot the stain for the best results. Hydrogen peroxide works on blood stains; spray it, blot, and let the liquid air dry. Finally, utilize an enzyme-based pet odor remover or upholstery cleaner to spot-clean sweat and urine.
3. Deodorize With Baking Soda
Wait for the spot treatments to fully air dry before sprinkling the side you sleep on with baking soda. Use a 1-pound box and leave the powder on for 24 hours for maximum odor absorption. Stay at a family member’s house during this process, or use a futon or air mattress.
4. Vacuum Again
Vacuum the furniture piece again to remove the baking soda. Flip it over before putting bed sheets back on, as mattresses require flipping every three to six months to prevent sagging and uneven wear. Flipping restores the shape to keep your investment in excellent condition for many years.
America’s Mattress offers a wide range of replacements when your mattress hits its expiration date. This Middletown, NY-based store offers queen to California king sizes and stocks high-end brands, such as Beautyrest™, Perfect Sleeper®, and iComfort®. Call (845) 342-6749 today with questions, or review the inventory online.