Did you know that the lifespan of a mattress is given as about 10 years? This is equivalent to 3,650 nights or about 30,000 hours of use… Impressive, isn’t it? Of course, your mattress has a longer lifespan compared to other items in your home, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect it!
That’s why Clean Couches Sydney has compiled a list of tips on how to care for your mattress so you can clean it yourself with little effort.
When to clean your mattress
In Manly mattress cleaning is necessary whenever you are sick, but not only then. It is also advisable to vacuum your mattress twice a month to prevent moths, dust mites, and other tiny creatures from settling in. If they are persistent, a mixture of water and clove or eucalyptus essential oil can be sprayed on the mattress to deter them. For more information on dealing with dust mites.
Did you know? Most mattresses have two sides, one for summer and one for winter. One of the two sides is more thickly padded to keep you warmer during the long winter months. The summer side has thinner padding and is designed to allow air to circulate better. This will keep you cooler even in the hottest months!
How do I clean my mattress?
The most important rule (and the only one you should follow) when caring for your mattress is not to wash it with too much water. Mattresses do not dry easily, so you should not get them wet. Over time, the water will stay there and mold and other problems can form.
Traditional mattresses should be vacuumed regularly, about once a month, on both sides. If unpleasant odors appear, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the mattress to absorb them and leave it for 5-6 hours before vacuuming. This will help you get rid of unpleasant odors!
If baking soda isn’t enough, you’ll have to resort to drastic measures and make a special mattress spray! For this, you will need
- 500ml vinegar
- 200ml lukewarm water
- 2 Tablespoons of dishwashing liquid Spray the mattress about 30cm from the surface, mix well and then rinse with a damp sponge. Finally, dry the mattress in the sun and you’re done.
Latex mattresses are the most delicate mattresses. All you need to do is soak it in a small amount of water and natural soap. Then wash in cold water with a damp cloth and dry in a room (direct sunlight can damage the structure).
Memory foam mattresses
Memory foam mattresses may look difficult to maintain, but they are actually very simple. As with any other type of mattress, you should vacuum them from time to time. For more thorough cleaning, a mixture of vinegar and water will do the trick. Wash the mattress after spraying it with water and a damp cloth. This type of mattress can be dried in the sun.
How can I wash my mattress?
Stains appear very quickly and, unfortunately, can not be avoided on mattresses. So, with the right reflexes, you are prepared for the most common stains.
Apply a mixture of 1/4 detergent, 1/4 vinegar, and 2/4 water. Scrub the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash it off with a damp cloth.
Apply a mixture of 120 ml of hydrogen peroxide, 1 drop of dishwashing detergent, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 1 drop of essential oil of your choice. Allow to dry and vacuum.
Wash the stain in water with black soap or vinegar. Scrub the stain in a spiral pattern so it returns to the inside. Then rinse with a damp cloth and let dry.
Prepare a paste of 30 g starch flour, 30 g soap powder, 15 g iodized salt and 100 ml lemon juice. Apply the paste to the stain, and when a film forms, soak it up.
There are two ways to deal with this type of stain – Sprinkle the ring with Terre de Sommières and leave it for two hours before scrubbing and vacuuming, or – Sprinkle the stain generously with baking soda and scrub with half a lemon. Then rinse with a damp cloth and dry.
How can I get rid of unpleasant odors in my mattress?
As mentioned above, baking soda is the most effective way to get rid of unpleasant odors. Sprinkle it generously on the mattress and let it sit for 5-6 hours before vacuuming. The sodium bicarbonate absorbs the odor at the root!