On average, we spend around a third of our lives on a mattress
. With that in mind, when was the last time you gave yours a deep clean? Most of us wear clean clothes every day but totally overlook the thing we sleep on daily. As a rule of thumb, you should deep clean your mattress every 3 months to keep it in good condition. But what's the best way to clean it? And how do I clean my mattress
Step One: Wash The Bedding
Firstly, you need to remove and wash any removable items. So if you have a mattress protector
, sheets or duvet, throw them all on a full cycle. If you can, try and use the hottest wash setting to really get rid of any bacteria.
Step Two: Vacuum
Vacuuming the top of the mattress
removes any obvious dirt and dust. This gives you an even, fresh surface to spot clean later on. Pay attention to any seams and crevices where dust, dead skin and other nasty stuff might hide!
Step Three: Spot Clean
After you've finished vacuuming, treat any stains with a spot cleaner. There are special mattress
cleaners available, alternatively, a mix of washing up liquid and hot water also does the trick. If you get a fresh stain, always make sure to pat any excess liquid with paper towels before scrubbing.
Step Four: Deoderize
Once you're happy with the spot cleaning, take baking soda and sprinkle over the entire mattress
. Not only does baking soda have anti-bacterial properties, but it also does a great job at removing any odour. Let the baking soda work for an hour or so and then vacuum any excess.
Step Five: Protect
If you don't already own a mattress protector, we recommend picking one up. Mattress protectors
create a barrier layer between you and the mattress. On average, we lose around 200 ml of sweat per night and without a protector, all that moisture is going into your mattress.