Get the Best Night's Sleep
Did you know you should be cleaning your mattress every season? We know mattress protectors are key and that sheets should be swapped once a week, but there seems to be a set-it-and-forget-it attitude when it comes to taking care of one of our bedroom's most expensive investments. The key to making your mattress last longer: air, sunlight, and ensuring even wear-and-tear.
- Vacuum with brush attachment
- Baking soda or dry laundry shampoo
- Mild spot cleaner (optional)
- Clean dish towel
Strip Your Sheets
If you're going to be cleaning your mattress, you should start fresh. Strip and clean your sheets and mattress protector. We might be past the days of plastic quilted toppers, but mattress protectors still need to be washed regularly. The barrier between your mattress and the world does more than save from spills. Protectors block sweat, tears and fluids from reaching your mattress over time.
Looking for better protection against dust, fluid, and, mites? Mattress encasements wrap fully around the mattress like a zippered pillowcase. This protects both sides of the mattress to prevent damage through the underside of the mattress. This is especially important for flippable mattresses. You don't want debris from the underside of your mattress coming in contact with your body once you've flipped your mattress.
Let There Be Light
All mattresses whether they are latex, foam, or coil based have air pockets that allow for differing levels of air flow. It's these space between layers that can breed mold, dust, and mites. Stripping your bed bare and opening your windows can do wonders for clearing out your mattress. Next laundry day, strip your sheets at the beginning of the day to allow the most time for sunlight and fresh air to penetrate the layers.
Dry Clean Only
The same way moisture during regular sleep can cause damage to your mattress, liquid detergents and soaps should be strictly avoided while cleaning your mattress. Instead stick to cleaning powders that can be vacuumed off, like baking soda.
Using the brush attachment of your vacuum, clean the dust off the tops, sides and corners of your bare mattress. Then, sprinkle baking soda along the top, leaving for at least an hour.
If you have to spot treat your mattress, a light spray of spot cleaner or a laundry powder can be used and then quickly blotted off with a damp cloth. Apply baking soda liberally for the area to soak up any excess. Microfiber towels are best for avoiding lint build-up on mattress tops.
Vacuum and Rotate
Once you've treated your mattress with cleaning powder, vacuum the mattress again, tops, sides and corners. If your mattress is flippable, you'll want to flip and repeat the powder clean steps on the underside. For non-flippable mattresses, you'll want to rotate the mattress so the foot and head of the bed swap.
Before bed, replace the protector or encasement and make your bed. The longer you can safety leave your bed uncovered, the more air and light can help to clean and refresh your mattress. Try to repeat this process once every four months to maintain the longevity of your mattress.