How to clean a mattress?

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How to clean a mattress?



Cleaning the mattress is very important for rest and quality of life. For a good rest, we need a good mattress, a suitable box spring and a pillow adapted to your sleeping needs. However, cleaning the mattress is very important. The condition of each of these elements is essential, here is how to clean a mattress.



 

How to Clean a Mattress: Healthy Basics

Having a clean home is essential for a good quality of life. With use and time, dust and dust mites accumulate, especially in the bedrooms and especially on the mattress. To have good hygiene in the room, it is recommended :


  • Change sheets weekly
  • Ventilate the room at least 5 minutes before making the bed
  • Properly make the pillows and sheets
  • Vacuum the mattress weekly

These tips are very useful for daily and weekly cleaning of the room. But over time, a fundamental element of rest and hygiene is forgotten, the mattress. Even if you don't believe it, on the mattress, thousands and thousands of stains accumulate every day . Sweat is one of the main causes of the appearance of stains and dampness on the mattress. In the case of children's mattresses, urine can be other types of stains that can appear. And it must be solved as soon as possible, otherwise they will end up affecting the quality of the mattress, our quality of sleep and our health. Since they produce countless bacteria that must be eliminated


 

Tips for cleaning the mattress

Every day our mattress accumulates dust, bacteria and dust mites that can cause health and well-being problems. This is why it is so important to maintain good hygiene in bedding and good cleaning of the mattress. And it's simpler than it looks. We all have certain items or products at home that are very useful when cleaning, especially when it comes to difficult stains:

 

Tips for cleaning a mattress with products

 

Lemon and water:

Lemon is great for mattress stains such as urine, sweat, and vomit. It is usually mixed with water and is quite effective in permanently removing odors from the mattress.


 

Bicarbonate:

Baking soda has a multitude of uses for cleaning silver, degreasing, unclogging pipes and cleaning tough stains on mattresses. This home remedy, combined with lukewarm water, generates a paste that is quite effective in removing stains from the mattress.

 

Vinegar:

For how to clean a mattress of these stains, any type of vinegar will not work. The most effective is white, for urine and sweat stains. It is used with a cloth dampened with vinegar by rubbing the affected area.

 

Oxygenated water:

Although it may not seem like it, it is the most effective remedy for bloodstains. It is to be applied directly to the stain using a cloth or cotton.

 

 

Detergent

When home remedies don't work, you have to resort to detergent, better liquid. Rub the area with a cloth dampened with a little detergent and water, let it act a little. It is cleaned with water and dries well.


In some cases, when these mattress cleaning tips don't work, you can use solvents. But these can damage the mattress if you are not careful.

 

How to clean a mattress according to the type of stain

The main cause of stains on mattresses is accumulated dust and dirt, as well as perspiration. However, there are other types of soiling that are more common than we imagine.

 

How to clean a mattress with pee?

This type of stain is very common, especially on children's mattresses. Normally what we all do is take the sheets off, soak them and wash them. But in this process we neglect the mattress, which is also affected by the action of urine. Especially if it's been there for a long time. Here's how to clean a mattress of urine:


To clean urine stains, use a mixture of four parts water to one part White vinegar . If the stain is dry, try the baking soda. Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda, cover it with plastic, and let it sit overnight. The next morning, remove the packaging and vacuum the mixture. If that does not work, you can spray a preparation with 235 ml of hydrogen peroxide and three tablespoons of baking soda, leave to act and dry.

 

 

The sweat

Hot summers, hearty dinners, fever, stomach pain, etc. They can cause sweating. We all sweat more or less, and this type of stain is the most common on mattresses. Normally what is usually done is to ventilate for a while and change the sheets every week. In these cases, after sweating, you need to change the sheets, protector at the same time. In addition to the corresponding maintenance of the mattress.


The most effective way to remove sweat from the mattress is to use a mixture of ammonia, water and liquid soap. It is not necessary to soak the mattress, just rub the surface a little with a well-drained sponge.

 

Blood

A wound that opens, menstruation ... are some of the factors that can cause stains in the bed. If care is not taken, these stains can seep into the mattress. And if there's anything in the blood, it's one of the hardest stains to remove.

Bloodstains should be removed as soon as possible, because they penetrate very easily into the fabrics and are very resistant. To learn how to clean a mattress under these conditions, apply a little hydrogen peroxide to the stain, wait for the bubbles to come out and remove with a clean white cloth, this usually works. If the stain is freshly made, rubbing with a little cold water or milk helps it not to penetrate the fabric.

When the blood stain persists because it is dry or has penetrated the tissue, a mixture of one part baking soda and two parts cold water should be used. It is spread with a damp cloth and left to act for 30 minutes. Then remove with water and dry well.

 

Humidity

When sweat stains accumulate, especially on mattresses that do not allow perspiration, dampness appears. Generally this type of stains, when they are usually discovered, nothing can be done because they have significantly damaged the mattress. But there are also ways to combat them when they appear in isolation.

The first thing to do is air the mattress , preferably in the sun, to help dry out moisture. Next, vacuum the mold to get rid of the mold (if any), then apply a solvent (which you can find at any pharmacy). Rinse well with lukewarm water and apply a disinfectant. If the humidity persists or if mold reappears, the best solution is to change the mattress.

 

 

vomiting

Stomach viruses are usually the main culprits for this type of stains on the mattress. The first thing to do is to remove the sheets, and the protector. And change them for clean ones.

To clean this type of stains on the mattress, spray with vinegar and let it act for about 10 minutes. Next, sprinkle baking soda , let it fizz and vacuum it out. If the stain persists, rub with a sponge moistened with hydrogen peroxide.

 

How to clean a mattress to keep it clean longer?

The previously mentioned tricks are very effective when cleaning the mattress. But there are also types or degrees of cleaning that can help keep the mattress cleaner longer.

 

Daily cleaning or maintenance

Daily cleaning or maintenance consists of airing the room every day, shaking the sheets well before making the bed and changing the sheets weekly. When the sheets need to be changed, the surface of the mattress should be vacuumed to prevent the accumulation of dust, facilitate cleaning of the mattress and prevent the accumulation of dust mites. If, before vacuuming, you sprinkle some baking soda and scrub it well, you will get a more effective cleaning of the mattress.

 

How to Deep Clean a Mattress

This type of mattress cleaning should be done once every 6 months , taking advantage of the rotation of the mattress. For a thorough cleaning of the mattress, the main thing is to vacuum, as in maintenance cleaning. Next, a suds is made by mixing one tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent in 1 liter of very cold water. Mix everything well until you get a foam and rub with a sponge, the mattress in a circular motion. Spend a little more time scrubbing where there are stains. Once this process is complete, let the mattress air dry or use a clothes dryer.

 

Eliminates odors

Odors are the most bothersome at bedtime. On top of that, the culprits of bad odors are usually bacteria and germs. To eliminate odors, it is best to sprinkle a little baking soda with each weekly cleaning, spread it on the surface of the mattress and vacuum it. This helps clean the mattress and eliminate bad odors. If the odors are very deep and persistent: sprinkle the baking soda, cover it and leave on overnight. The next morning, vacuum and spray with some disinfectant and you're done!

With this, the mattress is kept in good condition for a longer time. Still, the wear and tear from cleaning will eventually take its toll on the mattress. Between the ages of 7 and 10, it is necessary to change it, because sleeping on an old mattress can cause problems.

You now know how to clean a mattress, whatever the cause of the dirt.

 

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