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The Best Ways To Clean Your Mattress

Whether you have a late-night snacking addiction, your kiddo had a midnight accident or your fur baby mistook your bed for the litter box, stains happen. Sometimes your quick wits and cat-like reflexes will mean that a mess is cleaned up easily by a quick wash of your sheets. Other times... you’re asleep and don’t notice the mess until a few hours later and you're left needing to know exactly how to clean a mattress. For times like these, there are a few different ways to clean your mattress. Depending on your type of mattress, you’ll want to use different methods to clean.

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INNER SPRING MATTRESSES Mattresses made with inner springs typically have fairly durable cover fabrics, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t stain. Below you’ll find solutions, but before you go looking in your cleaning supply cupboard, please keep in mind that different products work for different stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect for loosening the bonds that typically form between fabrics and the proteins found in all bodily fluids. Gently dab the spot with a clean, white cloth while the hydrogen peroxide is still foaming. After you’ve gotten most of the stain out, blot the spot again with some cool water. Always be sure to air dry the mattress before you put your sheets back on!

Lemon and Salt This solution is great because these are two ingredients that are often on-hand. This will also be a natural deodorizer. Make a paste with some salt and a little bit of lemon juice and leave on the stain for anywhere between a half an hour to an hour (the perfect amount of time to wash your sheets). Wipe off the salt with a clean, damp towel afterward and be sure it let the area dry completely before you put those fresh, clean sheets back on!

FOAM MATTRESSES For foam mattresses, such as Tuft & Needle, you’ll want to treat stains a bit differently. This is because foams, memory foam, latex or even T&N Adaptive® Foam, are super absorbentjust like big sponges. Also, most of the time their mattress covers are made of softer material.

For any large spills or stains, you’ll want to immediately blot the spots with clean, dry rags or paper towels to get as much of the liquid out as possible. Repeat this as many times as necessary. If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum, you can also use this to remove a lot of the water.

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Baking Soda If the spill has an odour attached to it, sprinkling baking soda over the area can help significantly reduce any smells while also helping absorb any lasting liquids. Simply vacuum up the baking soda using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum after letting it sit. Remember to always use the upholstery attachment as it will lessen the suction so that it won’t pull, snag or rip the cover fabric.

Maintenance Baking soda is also a great option for maintaining your mattress’ cleanliness. A clean mattress can help you sleep better, keep the sleep environment pleasant and could potentially help with your mattress’ longevity.

Take advantage of laundry day, or even an overnight stay somewhere, and using the upholstery attachment, vacuum your mattress without sheets on to get any initial dust or remnants of that midnight snack from last week. Then, with your mattress cover in place, coat your mattress in a light layer of baking soda and let it sit for up to 24 hours. Then simply vacuum up the baking soda, again with the upholstery attachment.

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Shelly Weaver-Cather
Shelly Weaver-Cather

Shelly Weaver is part of the Content Team at Tuft & Needle, leading the writing and editing of our blog. Not quite a Phoenix native, (They take that sort of thing super seriously.) Shelly has spent most of her life in the Phoenix Metro area and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. She made the unexpected jump out of wedding photography and onto T&N’s team in 2016, and found a passion for the people that keep the lights on. She still finds herself shooting in her free time, though these days there are less bridal portraits and more masterpieces of her first child, Duke, a lab-pit mix with an unparalleled love for both T&N mattress hogging and couch destroying.

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