How to Clean a Mattress Properly: Ultimate Guide

How to Clean a Mattress

You spend a large amount of your time on this Earth sleeping. A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for your physical and mental well being. Without rest, your life becomes much more difficult. Those who don’t sleep well are subject to a wide variety of ailments. Your mattress may be in a condition that is untreatable if that’s the case. Consider visiting they review all the industries mattresses so you can be sure you will find the perfect fit.

One of the most important contributors to a good night’s rest is a comfortable mattress. Of course, buying a good quality mattress is the first step – but keeping that mattress in tip-top condition is just as important. As mattresses age they require much more upkeep, including keeping them clean and hygienic(free of dust mites). Mattresses need a bit more care than other items in your house. Of course, the mattress is far too large to fit in a normal or even industrial sized washing machine you need to clean the mattress in your own home.

Vacuum Mattress

First up: Give each side of the mattress a good vacuum

Obviously, the more powerful the vacuum is the better. If you think you may have dust mites, a good trick is to cover the mattress with baking soda, which you can add a few drops of an essential oil to first. Leave to settle for around 15 minutes, then simply vacuum off. It is always best to use a Hepa style vacuum in these cases to avoid spreading the mites around and is far more effective.

Next, take a good long look at the mattress to identify any stains that are on the surface of the mattress. These stains may be from a number of causes, such as spilled food or drink. The first step in getting rid of these stains is a dilute solution of water and lemon juice. this approach is especially useful if you cannot identify what has caused the stain. In other words, this is a good all-purpose stain removal technique. Using a spray bottle gently blot at the stain.
meat tenderizerThis should bring the stain to the surface and allow you to wipe it away. Don’t rub at the stain, all that will happen is that the stain will become more ingrained. If you don’t have lemon juice then an all-purpose detergent is a good substitute.

One of the most challenging types of stains to remove is blood. To remove blood stains a dilute mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide is recommended. Simply spray this on to the stain and wait for it to start bubbling. Once again blot this up with a clean absorbent cloth. be careful not do repeat this too often as peroxide will eventually destroy the material covering the mattress.

If the blood stain remains (which is the case more times than not) you can use meat tenderizer mixed with a bit of water. This will break down the proteins in the blood and make the stain easier to deal with.


In order to revitalize your mattress and remove odor, Lysol spray is an absolute necessity. You’re going to have to use two of the bigger cans and spray one side of the mattress and then the other. This is the first step in removing unpleasant odors.

The second step is the ever-reliable Febreze. Follow the instructions on the container and treat both sides of the mattress. Allow to dry before placing any mattress cover back on to the mattress. If you can allow the mattress to dry outdoors.


The idea of taking your mattress for an outdoor airing is not a new one, but it is still one of the most effective ways of getting rid of mold and mildew. If you are able to leave the mattress outdoors for a couple of hours then do it. Allow the mattress to dry our and then wipe it down with a solution of Lysol. Once this has dried then use fresh water for a final wipe down and allow the sun to do the rest of the work.

Your mattress is one of the most important contributing factors to enjoying a happy and healthy lifestyle – don’t wait years before cleaning it. Ideally, this should be an annual exercise.

Last Updated on January 10, 2021 by Gemma Tyler

  • Great tips! you have my holy grail ingredients; baking soda and lysol. Lemon works great too! have you tried?

  • Hi. Thank you for your post. I learned quite a lot. But I’m not sure I agree with the part on memory foam mattresses. Memory mattresses take alittle time to acquire your body’s shape. But that time span is really short; it takes just a fraction of a second, assuming it has been well broken into. And if you can get one of the higher end versions (which are only a few dollars more compared to what you’re already spending on that mattress, the common complaint regarding cooling shouldn’t stand very long either. The only part I dislike about memory foam mattresses is that the cooling gels last a year or two shorter than the mattress itself. I don’t know for certain, but i guess changing the mattress at 18 or 20 years of its life isn’t much of a difference.

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