Have you ever considered the importance of keeping your mattress clean for your health? Although it may seem incredible, a mattress without proper maintenance and cleaning can accumulate around a hundred million mites, bacteria and fungi that will share your bed. And this can greatly affect your health.
And it is that the presence of mites, mold and bacteria is responsible for many allergies and skin problems.
If you want to keep your mattress very clean, free of stains and undesirable bugs, do not miss the tips and tricks that we leave you below. It is much easier than it seems and your health and rest will thank you enormously.
General mattress hygiene tips
Should I make the bed every morning? The answer is yes, but with some nuances.
According to a recent study from Kingston University, it’s best not to make your bed immediately after getting up. It is advised to wait at least two hours for this. In this way, the heat and humidity that has accumulated in the bed throughout the night is dissipated and we avoid generating a dark, humid and warm paradise inside the bed, ideal for the growth of mites, fungi and others.
Another important practice to guarantee the hygiene of your mattress is to open the windows before making the bed -at least 30 minutes, although the ideal would be around an hour- and shake sheets and pillows when making the bed.
It is also necessary to change the sheets every 1-2 weeks. Do it more frequently if you usually sleep naked, since the body is in direct contact with the sheets, they get dirty sooner.
And, in addition to preventing the proliferation of bugs, it is important to remove the remains of dead mites, since their remains are also capable of causing allergies.
Sanitizing the mattress monthly by vacuuming it will allow you to eliminate those remains of dead mites that remain in it to have a much cleaner and healthier resting space.
What you should do daily
- Open the windows before making the bed
- Ventilate the room for at least 30 minutes
- Make the bed, shaking sheets and pillows
- Change the sheets
- Check the surface of the mattress for stains to remove
And once a month…
- Sanitize the mattress by vacuuming
How to clean the mattress according to the type of stain
Next, we show you how you can easily remove the different types of stains with homemade products.
And remember: when you clean the mattress, try to do it in the morning and leave the mattress to dry in a well-ventilated room throughout the day. This way you will avoid moisture or traces of odors from the products used.
The most effective home product for these stains is baking soda.
How to remove urine with baking soda:
- Place the equivalent amount of a full cup of baking soda with a little water on the stained area.
- Cover the mattress with a large plastic and let it act between six and eight hours.
- After this time, remove the plastic and vacuum the baking soda.
Another solution for this type of stain is the mixture of water with lemon. Thus, in addition to helping to remove stains from the mattress, you will also eliminate odors.
How to remove urine stains using lemon water:
- Boil a liter of water with the juice of a lemon.
- Once the mixture is prepared, it is sprayed and left to act until it dries.
Infallible trickUse two parts of baking soda, two parts of white vinegar and one part of detergent to apply on the urine, in a few hours the stain will have disappeared.
In this case, the product that best removes these stains from the mattress is white vinegar.
How to remove sweat with white vinegar:
- To apply it comfortably, place the vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Spread the vinegar on the mattress and let it act for about five minutes.
- Then sprinkle baking soda.
- Wait for the mixture to stop fizzing and dry up.
- Remove product residue with the vacuum cleaner.
If you find the smell of vinegar strong (remember that after a few hours the smell disappears), you can use the mixture of water and lemon explained in the previous point.
For persistent stains you can use boric acid or hydrogen peroxide, but be careful as hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching effect that can damage your mattress.
If you decide to use hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain, first use it on a small, inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t damage the mattress. Trick to remove stains from a mattress
Among the different formulas that you can use to clean blood stains from a mattress, the best one is to use a bleach such as hydrogen peroxide, since it breaks it down.
How to remove blood stains:
- You only need a cloth or cotton soaked in hydrogen peroxide.
- Rub the stain for a few minutes.
- Leave to act until the mattress dries (no need to rinse).
eye! Remember that hydrogen peroxide has whitening power, so if your mattress has colors, it is better to test it first in a small and discreet area to make sure it does not eat the color.
Baking soda is very effective in removing moisture as it has drying, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Steps to remove wet stains:
- In a plastic container, add 250 grams of baking soda with 5 drops of tea tree essential oil, one of the best natural disinfectants.
- Spread the mixture on the mattress, leaving it to act for an hour.
- Vacuum up the remains of dirt adhering to the baking soda with the help of your vacuum cleaner.
Infallible trick You can enhance the action of baking soda by mixing it with hydrogen peroxide.
Vomit can be tricky to get rid of, especially if it has dried up. To get rid of these stains, white vinegar is ideal mixed with warm water and liquid soap.
Another good alternative is the aforementioned mixture of water and lemon.
If you can’t remove the stain with either of these two options, you can try an enzyme cleaner that you can find in any drugstore or supermarket. The enzymes dissolve the stain and make it easier to remove from the mattress.
Best products to clean a mattress
Although supermarkets are full of commercial products to remove stains, in our opinion it is not recommended to use them on the mattress.
Keep in mind that you will spend many hours each night in contact with these products, and some of the chemicals they use could pose a risk to your health.
There are natural and harmless products that have shown great effectiveness in cleaning mattresses. Next we will talk about the most effective to remove each type of stain.
water and lemon
One of the most used is the mixture of water and lemon, which is ideal for cleaning stains such as urine, sweat or vomit. Its preparation is very simple, as well as its application.
It is a product that can be very useful for cleaning your mattress. It allows to eliminate humidity, deodorize and eliminate various types of bacteria and annoying mites. It is very economical and effective, so it is a safe bet.
It is one of the most effective products to clean the mattress. It is especially effective against urine and sweat stains. Don’t worry, after a few hours the smell of vinegar disappears.
Ideal for getting rid of one of the most difficult stains to remove: dried blood.
If after trying the natural products that we have mentioned you do not get the results you expected, you can resort to the use of detergents. It is better to use liquid detergent.
Simply wet a cloth and once it’s damp, spray it with a little detergent. With this cloth, rub the stain you want to remove. Rinse the area with water and let it dry well before making the bed.
There are much more aggressive products for removing certain stains, such as solvents.
But be very careful: the use of these products can be harmful to your health and, if not done with due precautions, could damage the mattress.
How to remove bad odors from the mattress
Bad odors in the mattress can be very unpleasant, making it difficult to rest.
White vinegar has the right acidity to neutralize the bad smell of the fabric, being highly recommended for an odor elimination treatment.
To use the vinegar you will simply have to use a damp cloth with vinegar to rub the stained area.
Another easy and cheap home remedy is baking soda, as it has great antibacterial and hygienic power. You can see how to apply it in the previous section.
Another good way to eliminate bad odors is essential oils. Mix it with baking soda and apply it to get a scented and clean mattress.
And which essential oil is better? Well, it basically depends on your preferences. Choose one with a pleasant smell for you. I like lavender for its relaxing properties.
To keep your mattress in optimal conditions for your health and rest, you should:
Clean it at least once a month. How? Vacuuming both sides of the mattress to remove traces of dust and mites.
It is essential to remove any stain at the time it occurs to prevent it from becoming embedded and making it more difficult to remove.
Do a deep mattress cleaning once or twice a year.
Turn the mattress over and rotate it to avoid deformation. You should do it every three to six months. However, there are mattresses that only have one resting position. It is recommended that you make sure if your mattress should be turned or not.
Do not forget to be just as meticulous in cleaning the rest accessories you use, such as your pillow or, in winter, your duvet.
Extra trick to keep your mattress clean
As they say, the best way to avoid something is to prevent it. Therefore, one of the best solutions to protect your mattress is to use a mattress cover or topper.
In this way, you will avoid staining and, in addition, it is much easier to clean and remove stains, since you can put the cover in the washing machine.
In the market you can find different types that suit your tastes and needs.
Without a doubt, it is the easiest way to keep your place of rest clean.😉