A dirty mattress can actually affect your health as allergies can be worsened and constant exposure to dirt and dust can influence the quality of your sleep. Your mattress also regularly comes into contact with oils from your hair and skin and other bodily fluids.
You automatically wash your bed linen on a regular basis and that goes for your mattress too! See how to remove sweat stains from a mattress here…
Cleaning sweat stains from a mattress
Sweat stains on your mattress are extremely common and eventually will result in your mattress becoming discoloured. There are a number of ways to get sweat stains out of your mattress and a few of these methods are listed below:
This medicine cabinet standby is a handy cleaning option when mixed with hot water. After mixing a few tablets into the water and allowing them to dissolve pour them into a spray bottle and apply the solution to the stain. Don’t over wet as this can cause future problems with mould and mildew, just lightly cover the stain and allow it to dry. If any loose particles remain simply vacuum them off.
Baking soda or Borax
Baking soda is a common store cupboard item that not only helps with stain removal but also neutralises unpleasant smells. After stripping the mattress and vacuuming thoroughly using the crevice tool attachment you can simply sprinkle the stains completely with the baking soda. Gently rub in the powder with a bristle brush and leave to sit for around 15 minutes before vacuuming off any residue. You may have to repeat the process to completely remove the stain.
White coloured Borax powder is a suitable alternative. You can opt for the same cleaning method as above or wear protective gloves to rub the powder into the stained area.
Create a cleaning solution of a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of washing up liquid. Mix together until the baking soda has completely dissolved. Pour the mix into a spray bottle and spray the affected stained area without over wetting, and then leave to air dry for at least an hour. You can speed up the drying process by placing a fan nearby or with a hairdryer set on a cool setting.
For heavy or deep-set stains dry laundry detergent powder is a successful cleaning method. Mix three tablespoons with one tablespoon of water and whisk to create a foam. Gently spread the solution onto the stain and leave it to sit for around 30 minutes. When the mix is dry you can scrape off the excess with the back of a spoon or blunt knife. Leave to dry and then vacuum the stained area thoroughly.
A salt water solution can also work really well. Simply sponge the stain lightly without soaking the mattress until the stain disappears.
As vinegar has acidic properties it’s ideal for removing deep stains and odours. Spray the vinegar onto the stain that has been dampened beforehand and then let it dry completely. Remember not to over-wet the area as this can lead to moisture getting into the mattress permanently.
Keeping your mattress clean
- – Aim to clean your mattress every three to six months.
- -Treat any stains immediately to prevent them from becoming deep-seated.
- -Invest in a mattress cover to help stop mould and mildew growth.
- -Flip your mattress every three months and rotate it from top to bottom every six months.
Professional mattress cleaning
The art of mattress cleaning is to reach deep into the fibres to eliminate dust mites and bacteria. A professional mattress cleaner will use a hot water extraction process to kill all unwanted organisms which hide in the depths of your bedding.
This cleaning process doesn’t require any harmful chemicals so is perfectly safe for your family and pets. The hot water penetrates deeply into your mattress and due to the extraction process, there’s very little liquid left behind. You’ll find that even the heaviest of mattresses will take no longer than eight hours to dry. Strain removal is all part of the service and your experienced technician will analyse the composition of the stain and select the most suitable stain removing solution. Your mattress will soon be looking and smelling as new!