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Cleaning the Matress in 7 Steps
Published on Friday, 05 October 2012

Cleaning the Matress in 7 StepsCleaning the mattress isn't something that you generally have to do too often and this is just as well, considering how tedious this task seems to most people. However, once in a while, every few months, after a visit from friends, or when you discover some more severe stains on your mattress, it is time for a more thorough clean. Luckily, this isn't as daunting as it seems initially. There are several methods for cleaning your mattress without any problems.

1.    Start with the easiest solution - vacuum. Vacuuming the mattress will get rid of dust and most types of surface pollutants. While it does not work for tough-to-remove stains, if your mattress is just in need of some refreshment, you might be able to get away with doing only this. Another alternative for a light clean is steam cleaning the mattress.

2.    If there are indeed some stains that need to be taken care of, try using upholstery shampoo. This should remove the stains and it isn't supposed to irritate your skin. Upholstery cleaners are made for furniture which is constantly in contact with human skin and they are therefore hypoallergenic. Unless you have extremely sensitive skin, these should not irritate you. Even if you do, however, you can simply leave the mattress to air out for a few hours and then, after covering it with a mattress protector and/or sheet, any irritation will be a thing of the past.

3.    A good product for severe stains is an enzyme cleaner. These should not be used on the entire mattress, but more like a spot treatment. They work particularly well on any grease stains as the enzymes help break down and loosen them, so that they can later be rubbed out with a simple damp cloth.

4.    For colour stains like blood, coffee or hair dye, you should use hydrogen peroxide. Simply pour a few drops onto the stain and wipe off the resulting foam with a dry, clean, white cloth. While this may not get rid of the stain completely, it will certainly lessen it and make it much easier to remove with a simple detergent.

5.    Often times grease stains and even the entire mattress can be cleaned with a simple detergent - to do this, you will need a sponge and some water. However, cleaning your mattress in this way means you will need to use a lot of water to get the detergent out - this can be quite tedious if you're using just a sponge. You will also need to leave your mattress to dry out in the sun for at least a day.

6.    Drying out in the sun also works for those extreme cases when you discover some mould or mildew on your mattress. If the patch of mould is very small and manageable, you could get away with simply leaving your mattress out to dry and then cleaning it with a dry cloth, vacuum cleaner and a bit of air freshener. If, however the spots are more pronounced, you may need to use some mould remover. Be aware that this is a very harsh product, so always leave your mattress to air out for longer after using it, so as not to irritate your skin. Also be aware, that if the mould infestation is really severe and reaching to the inside of the mattress, instead of just the surface, it will be safer simply to invest in a new mattress altogether.

7.    Finally, if you're still too overwhelmed by the job, contact your local dry cleaner. You could ask for tips and advice on cleaning your mattress, or simply pay to have the job professionally done.
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