Surely you know that it is best to change the mattress every 10 years , but what about maintenance? Have you ever wondered how to clean the mattress? Is there a trick? Well yes, there are some tricks! In this article we are going to tell you how you can remove stains from your mattress and keep it just as clean as the day you bought it, regardless of the type of mattress you have.
First of all, the best advice we can give you is that you always use a mattress topper or cover to avoid wear and possible stains. And how often should mattress protectors be washed? If the sheets must be washed once a week, the case of the protectors is every two weeks, or at least once a month.
In what ways can I clean the mattress?
Clean the mattress daily
To keep the mattress clean, the room will have to be ventilated every day. We will remove the duvet so that the mattress airs at least ten minutes a day with the window open.
This ventilation must be done throughout the year, including winter. Also, if possible, it is recommended that you get in the sun to kill dust mites.
Clean the mattress periodically
Every so often we will vacuum to remove accumulated dust and dirt. It is important to vacuum with the empty mattress of any bedding and if the vacuum cleaner has an upholstery brush, it is advisable to use it.
Some mattresses that have the same two faces allow them to be used on both sides, that is, they can be turned around, for this type of mattress it is recommended to turn them once every six months. If your mattress is made of latex or memory foam, it is not necessary to turn it over, but you can rotate it from top to bottom to make it last longer.
Disinfect and clean the mattress
A trick to disinfect the mattress is to use a very simple mixture: 250 grams of baking soda and 5 drops of essential oil of the tea tree.
The baking soda will remove moisture, bacteria, odors, and mites. The essential oil of tea will have the function of disinfecting and providing a “new” aroma.
To apply the mixture on our mattress, if possible, we must find an area where the sun shines. With a strainer spread the mixture on the mattress. It must first be done on one side, let it act for an hour and repeat the operation on the other side. Finally, the mattress will be vacuumed to remove the remnants of the mixture.
It is advisable to carry out disinfection once a month.
How to remove stains from the mattress
To keep the mattress clean it is also important to remove the stains that appear on its surface. Depending on the type of stains, the following tricks can be used:
To remove general stains from the bed
- First trick : mix a tablespoon of liquid laundry soap with a liter of cold water. With a sponge spread the mixture over the mattress stains in circular motions. After this, let the mattress dry for a few hours and vacuum it so that no residue remains.
- Second trick : prepare a bucket with 1 liter of warm water, a little vinegar and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide . Apply it with a brush on the stains and dry with a cloth.
- Third trick : use a citrus cleaner on the stain and leave for 5 minutes. After this time, rub with a clean, white absorbent cloth.
- Fourth trick : we can also remove general stains using a mild dishwasher greaseproof .
Sweat stains on the mattress
To remove sweat stains from the mattress we can use a mixture of diluted ammonia and soap . To do this, we will put a little water in the mixture and clean the stains. It is important not to wet the mattress too much and to use a well wrung out sponge.
Remove urine stains from the mattress
A trick to remove urine stains and combat their odor is to wash them with a mixture of one part white vinegar to four parts of water.
In this case, you can also use a cleanser with enzymes as they will dissolve uric acid.
If the stain is dry, you have to sprinkle it with baking soda and cover the mattress with plastic, to have more effect. Finally, let it rest overnight. The next day remove the plastic and vacuum to remove all remains.
For dry urine stains, it can also be sprayed with a mixture of 235 ml of hydrogen peroxide and three tablespoons of baking soda . Leave to act and dry.
If they are very resistant urine stains , the following homemade mixture can be used:
- A teaspoon of water
- A tablespoon of vinegar
- One teaspoon of laundry or dishwasher detergent
- Two tablespoons of baking soda
- A drop of disinfectant cleaner
Apply, leave for a few minutes, rinse and vacuum to remove any remains.