Sleeping on a dirty mattress can cause a range of health problems – from lung and throat irritation to a weakened immune system and even heart conditions. Mattresses are ideal breeding grounds for bed bugs and dust mites that eat dead skin cells – leading to eczema and make breathing difficult.
To avoid all these potential issues, you should clean your mattress every few months. Want to know the best way to clean a mattress? Read on…
What makes your mattress dirty?
Bedbugs feed on blood and can actually live up to a week without eating. If they bite, they can leave an itchy mark. Other pests that may make a home in your mattress are dust mites. Their excrement can make you sneeze and cough, and are a hazard for asthma sufferers.
Bloodstains from a nose bleed or other medical issue can go deep into the mattress, and sweat and body fluids may penetrate deep into the foam. The chemicals in perspiration can even cause the mattress to discolour.
Urine from children wetting the bed, or from pets having accidents, will stain the mattress and leave an unpleasant odour. Regularly caring for your mattress will keep it hygienically clean.
Can you use a carpet cleaner on a mattress?
The answer to this frequently asked question is yes. Carpet cleaners can be used for multipurpose cleaning including your mattress. A portable steam cleaner will cope with stains caused by all of the above.
The hot water extraction method used as you operate a steam cleaner is extremely effective at removing bacteria and disinfecting the surfaces it touches.
How to clean your mattress?
Use the guide below to clean your mattress safely and leave it as new:
* Take off the mattress cover and all bed linen. These can be washed in the washing machine following the care label instructions. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface area of the mattress and leave it to sit for around 45 minutes. This will help to get rid of any nasty smells. Then vacuum off the residue using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to get into all the crevices.
Fo* llow the manufacturers’ instructions on your steam cleaner to ensure that the water gets heated to the correct temperature – powerful enough to destroy the germs. The best position to clean the mattress in this way is to stand it on its end leaning against the wall. Then you can flip it over to clean the other side.
Bear in mind you’ll need to change the dirty water in the reservoir frequently, otherwise, you’ll be transferring dirty water back into the mattress. Wash it out to remove all the dirt before re-filling with the recommended water and solution mix.
* Run the attachment over the whole mattress being careful not to over wet. Too much water will simply add to the potential risk of mould. It’s also important to remember that you need to leave the first side of the mattress to dry completely before you clean the other side. Leaving them to dry at the same time will take much longer.
* Don’t forget to clean in the corners of the mattress – this is also easier to do when the mattress is standing. Alternatively, you can place the dry side of the mattress on the floor and tackle the corners this way.
* The mattress may take three to four hours to dry depending on excess moisture left after the procedure. You can speed this up by leaving your mattress near an open window, or by using a fan.
* Before you put the mattress back onto the bed clean the bed itself. Protecting the newly cleaned mattress with a protector designed to discourage bed mites will help keep the mattress cleaner for longer.
Need a helping hand?
If you want to get stains out of your mattress but don’t have the time or the equipment to do it yourself why not hire a professional mattress cleaning technician? Mattress cleaning in Enfield will be carried out using a hot water extraction technique that goes deep into the bedding fibres. There aren’t any harmful chemicals used so the procedure is safe for you and your pets.
This deep-cleaning leaves very little liquid left afterwards with even the heaviest mattress taking less than eight hours to dry. You’ll be left with a mattress that you’ll be happy to sleep on!