How to Clean or Refresh a Mattress


People spend a lot of time sleeping, so it is no wonder that the mattress you sleep on becomes dirty. Dust mites, skin cells and bodily fluids accumulate on your mattress. It is important to periodically clean and refresh your mattress to rid it of these things. Some people are even allergic to dust mites, which can lead to a less than ideal night's sleep. Sleep sound knowing that your mattress is clean and free of dirt and other debris.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment
  • Bucket
  • 1 qt. cold water
  • 1 tbsp. laundry detergent
  • Hand whisk
  • Sponge
  • Upholstery shampoo
  • Baking soda
  • Take your mattress off of the bed and situate it in a spot away from furniture and walls so that you can easily access both sides. Vacuum both sides of the mattress thoroughly with an upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

  • Fill a bucket with 1 quart cold water. Add 1 tablespoon. laundry detergent. Use a hand whisk to mix up the soap and water to create thick suds.

  • Dip a sponge into the bucket to scoop out the suds. Scrub any soiled or stained areas on both sides of the mattress. Use a circular motion when scrubbing and apply more suds as necessary until the stain is gone.

  • Clean the entire mattress with upholstery shampoo. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the upholstery shampoo as this will vary among products. Allow the mattress to completely dry after cleaning with the upholstery shampoo.

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress once it has dried. Let it sit on one side for about ten minutes, vacuum it up, then flip over the mattress and repeat on the other side. The baking soda will help to freshen up the mattress and remove any odors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Flip and rotate your mattress every few months to keep body impressions from setting in.
  • Use a mattress pad to protect your mattress from stains.
  • Clean your mattress as described above every three to four months.
  • Vacum your mattress between cleanings to help keep it free of dirt and debris.

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