Most Painful Job: Cleaning Your Bed and Mattress

Most Painful Job: Cleaning Your Bed and Mattress

Every time a mattress gets dirty, it is not only the mattress that feels the excruciating pain. The typical mattress owner feels every crumb as a blow to the head, a punch to the stomach and a sharp stab to the heart. Even the regular maintenance of a mattress, sans stains and soils, gives the bed owner a vague feeling of uneasiness and anxiety. All these symptoms are quite normal, as anyone who has ever tried to clean a bed and mattress would attest to.

There are just so many things that could damage a mattress. But no matter how insignificant the damages may be, if they are neglected, then time will come when the mattress will look like it came from the longest and hardest world war ever raged. To prevent your mattress from attaining this horrible fate, here are a few suggestions on how to go about cleaning your bed and mattress the hassle-free way.


  • Vacuum Frequently


Dust always gathers on the surface of a mattress and all the time you were slumbering, you have been inhaling dust, dander, and dust mites. This can be particularly tough if you are allergic and hypersensitive to impurities. Vacuum the dust off the mattress’ surface using the upholstery attachment of the vacuum. In the case of allergic people, vacuuming should be done more frequently and it is advisable to purchase mattress covers.


After the vacuuming is done, fully remove dirt and soil from the mattress by using an upholstery shampoo. You can also use a solution of water and mild detergent if upholstery shampoo is not on hand.

Using a sponge, wipe clean the shampoo or detergent solution. Allow the area to dry thoroughly. This might take the whole day.


For unidentifiable stains, a citrus based product may be sprayed on the stained area. To ensure total penetration into the spoiled area, let stand for about five minutes. Blot the area using a clean white absorbent cloth. Press the cloth down on the area firmly without rubbing for approximately 30 seconds. The blotting process may be repeated until the area is totally dry and odor free. Citrus cleaning products are versatile in that they may be used on almost all types of mattress stains.


  • Sun Dry Your Mattress


Mold and mildew are particularly hard to remove because they deeply penetrate the mattress. Clean the stains caused by mold and mildew by exposing the mattress to the sun. Brush off all visible mold and mildew. Vacuum the mattress. Expose the mattress for several hours to the sun. This treatment may have to be repeated if the mold or mildew can be found on both sides.


  • Use Odor Neutralizing Solutions


When cleaning urine from a mattress it is best to solve the problem while the mattress is still wet with it. Try to blot up all that you can with a clean absorbent cloth.  Use white vinegar to cover the stain and blot it up until none can be removed. Neutralize the odor with baking soda and leave it overnight. The following morning, remove the powder by vacuuming.



  • Remove Stains Using Natural Cleansing Products


Blood stains can be removed by using hydrogen peroxide, letting it penetrate, blotting and repeating the procedure until the stain is gone.


If you find your mattress stained with colored drink mixes, then you may have to accept that nothing will completely remove the stains. You can try vinegar or other professional cleaning products, though, to dull them.



Mattresses are awfully difficult to clean. So it pays to make sure that the mattress covers that are washable, stain-resistant (or close to it) and hypoallergenic. Take note of the best products and solutions that can combat the stubbornness of various stains. Maybe then, cleaning mattresses and beds won’t be such a back-breaking and anxiety-inducing job for you.


Author Bio: Jack Black is a Global Brand Manager at online retailers of memory foam mattresses. We offer a wide range of mattresses whether you are looking for a double, single or kingsize.

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    Comment by Phil@henryvacuum: Aug 22, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    After reading all your advice i dont think i could go to bed tonight unless i give my mattress a complete clean. Thanks for the info

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