DIY mattress cleaning

DIY mattress cleaning

There’s little else around the home that gets used as often as the average mattress. But when was the last time you gave your mattress a thorough clean?

You wash your sheets, quilt covers and pillowcases on a regular basis, but most people never give a thought to their mattress. This is why, as unpleasant a thought as it may be, your mattress could be the least hygienic thing in your bedroom.

How to clean your mattress

You could decide to use the services of specialist domestic cleaning company to give your mattress a deep clean – often at a very affordable price.

Alternately, you could take the DIY route. Although mattresses can be heavy and cumbersome, they’re not too difficult to keep clean and hygienic. You can do this with everyday household staples that you may already have in your cupboards. Simply follow the steps below on a regular basis to keep your mattress cleaner and more hygienic:

Traditional carpet beating method

Firstly, find an appropriate space to work on your mattress. We suggest going outside for this step if possible. Next, lay a protective sheet or covering on the ground, in order to create a clean and hygienic surface to work on.

You will need to drag your mattress into a vertical position, so enlisting some help might be useful. It’s then the same principle as traditional carpet beating by hitting the mattress firmly (though not aggressively) with the handle of a broom or similar. In doing so, you’ll release and remove an amount of dirt and embedded debris.

Then give the surface of your mattress a quick brush with a dry cloth, to remove anything that’s accumulated on the surface in the meantime.

Add baking soda for deoderisation

Return your mattress to its place indoors, before grabbing a box of baking soda – also known as bicarbonate of soda. Use a sieve to sprinkle a fine layer of all over the mattress surface, before giving the surface a very gentle rub with a clean cloth.

You’re not looking to ‘scrub’ away at the surface excessively, but work it across the mattress systematically.

You can then leave the baking soda for an hour or two, during which it will attach to the surface dirt and debris in the various cracks and crevices.

Vacuum away the debris

Next, use your vacuum cleaner in conjunction with a suitable attachment to vacuum away the baking soda. You will need to go across the mattress at least 3 to 4 times to ensure the baking soda is completely removed.

As baking soda can clog vacuum cleaners, you may need to empty the bag or cylinder frequently and give the filter a clean halfway through.

When you’re near to finishing, firmly run your hand over your mattress to see if any powder remains.

Upholstery fabric fresheners

You might consider misting the surface of your mattress with a fabric freshener to finish. It’s an option, but fabric fresheners for beds and upholstery often just disguise odors instead of improving the cleanliness and hygiene of your mattress.

Besides, if you carry out the above steps on a regular basis, using synthetic fabric fresheners won’t be necessary and your mattress will remain hygienic for its entire lifespan.

At Hardyclean, we offer a complete range of domestic cleaning services. For more information or to discuss your requirements, contact a member of the team today.