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The mattress. It gets delivered, you put it on the bed, maybe flip it every couple of months to maximise comfort, and forget about it. Let’s be honest here, most of us haven’t really thought about cleaning our mattress – it’s a neglected piece of furniture that we don’t think about because it’s usually buried under sheets and covers.
The notion of cleaning your mattress might be quite a daunting one at first. They are big, heavy, and difficult to move around. However, you can relax in the knowledge that we have prepared a simple guide that will help you steam your mattress and leave it looking fresh from the store.
- How to Deep Clean Your Mattress with a Steam Cleaner
- How to Remove Common Mattress Stains
- Final Thoughts
How to Deep Clean Your Mattress with a Steam Cleaner
Below, you will find a list of the things you will need alongside the cleaning instructions for your mattress. We have also included some key tips for getting common stains like urine and sweat out so that you are fully prepared.
What You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- Essential oils (scent of your choice)
- Vacuum cleaner
- Steam cleaner
1 Step One: Vacuum the Mattress
Grab your vacuum cleaner and run it over the mattress a few times. This is to remove loose debris and hairs in preparation for the steam cleaner. It makes the steaming job easier and also prevents the floorhead from getting clogged with grime.
For an extra level of cleaning, you can use attachments (like the brush or crevice tool) to vacuum the sides of the mattress as well as get into any tight or difficult corners.
2 Step Two: Steam Cleaning the Mattress
Once the mattress has been vacuumed you can grab the steam cleaner. The reason for using this is that it will penetrate past the top layer of grime and really give your mattress the deep cleaning it needs.
There is no need to use any kind of detergent for this step, just fill the tank with water and let it heat up. You should also check the user manual for any specific instructions on mattress cleaning.
Simply run the steam cleaner over the surface of the mattress a few times to really work the grime out. You can even use the steam boost setting if there are particularly dirty areas that need extra attention.
For an even deeper clean, you can run the steam cleaner along the sides of the mattress. It ensures maximum steam penetration while also killing everything it comes across. Just make sure the mattress isn’t soaked through by the end or it will take ages to dry.
3 Step Three: Drying
Once it has been steam cleaned, you can move onto drying the mattress. This is very easy as all you need to do is leave it for between two and four hours so that it can dry. Some choose to use a wet/dry vacuum to encourage faster drying, while others move their mattresses outside and place them in the sun.
We do not recommend the last method as the mattress is not only heavy to move, but also risks getting even filthier outside. It’s best to just leave it to dry naturally, even if you have to do so overnight.
4 Step Four: Baking Soda
Take a packet of baking soda and then add a few drops of your chosen essential oil. Shake the packet thoroughly to ensure it is mixed and there are no clumps before spreading it over the mattress. The baking soda absorbs odours, and the essential oils replace them..
Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or two so that it can really absorb the odours and work its magic. Then, grab the vacuum cleaner and suck all the baking soda up. You’ll be left with a mattress that smells a lot fresher.
How to Remove Common Mattress Stains
Your steam cleaner isn’t just handy for general mattress cleaning, but also for the removal of some common mattress stains. Below, you will find the most frequent offenders alongside top methods for removing them.
If you eat and drink in bed, or someone in your household enjoys this sneaky pastime, it’s inevitable that spillages and stains will occur at some point. The best all-purpose stain remover for your mattress is mixing a cup of lemon juice with two cups of water.
You can then put this in a spray bottle, and apply it to the affected area. Take a microfiber cloth and gently blot the stain, never rub it, in order to bring the stain to the surface. This allows you to dab it away fully, and you can rinse it with warm water using the same blotting method.
If there is any fresh urine, mop it up with paper towels just to get rid of the excess liquid. Take a clean cloth and dip it in neat white vinegar and gently dab it into the affected area. Leave it to soak for a few hours so that it can loosen the stain.
Next, sprinkle some baking soda on the stain as this will absorb the white vinegar. Then, vacuum up the powder once it has been left to absorb for a couple of hours. To get rid of any excess staining you can run the steam cleaner over with a quick blast just to really work the urine or sweat out. Then, leave the mattress to dry thoroughly.
This is one of the most difficult stains to remove, but it can be done. What you need to do is mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of water and mix them. Then, pour it into a spray bottle and apply to the affected area. Wait for the solution to start bubbling.
Once it is fizzing, grab your microfiber cloth and start gently blotting the area to clear up the stain. This should only take one or two tries, and you must be careful not to use this method too often as the hydrogen peroxide will eventually destroy the mattress material.
If the bloodstain is persistent and refuses to go, you can use a different method. Grab a meat tenderiser (horror movie style) and spray some plain water on the stain. Then, have at it with the meat tenderiser as this will break down the proteins in the blood and loosen the stain.
Is it Safe to Use a Steam Cleaner on a Mattress?
Yes, it is safe to use a steam cleaner on your mattress. It’s highly effective at stain and odour removal. Just remember to let it dry thoroughly for at least three hours before you put any sheets or blankets back on it.
What Causes Yellow Stains on Mattresses?
Yellow stains on mattresses are caused by sweat or urine. Sweat stains usually build up over time, and they will begin to smell musty the longer they are left there. Similarly, the yellow from urine stains will spread as the moisture soaks into the material.
Will Steam Cleaning a Mattress Kill Bed Bugs?
Yes, steam cleaning a mattress will kill bed bugs. It is one of the most effective methods due to the lethal high temperature of the steam as it passes over the infested areas. We actually have a great guide to killing bed bugs that you may find helpful.
How Often Should I Deep Clean My Mattress?
It is recommended that you steam and deep clean your mattress twice a month, or once a month at the very least. When we sleep, we are leaving masses of sweat, bodily, fluid, skin cells, and dirt behind when we wake up in the morning.
This leads to bacteria forming in the mattress, as well as potential odours and allergic reactions. Once you reach visible stain levels, you have left it too long, and regular cleaning will keep you on top of things so that you can sleep in a healthier environment.
What is the Cost of Professional Mattress Cleaning?
The cost of professional mattress cleaning varies between around £50 and £200, depending on the state of your mattress and the service that you go with. If you need bed bug removal, this can easily go past £1500. Doing it yourself can save a lot of money.
Steam cleaning your mattress can seem like a weird thing to do at first. But when you see how much grime it removes, you’ll be glad that you tried it out. It’s a little extra work on top of your usual monthly cleaning, and it’s so worthwhile.
Following the easy steps and advice listed above, you’ll find that you get better and faster every time you go and do it. Whether you have a young child that is still learning to get through the night dry, or you are maintaining your own mattress, steaming is the way forward.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.