6 Steps To A Clean & Healthy Mattress: Deep Cleaning Mattress Made Easy

Reclaim your restful sanctuary with this simple 6-step deep cleaning guide that will leave your mattress clean, healthy, and ready for blissful dreams.

From January through March, I go into deep clean mode at my home. One of the most important items in your home that needs special attention are your mattresses. Do you know that dust mites can get down into the mattress’ fibers, causing stains and unpleasant odors? It sounds disgusting doesn’t it.

We spend time washing out bed linens. However, when was the last time you gave the mattresses in your home a good cleaning. 

You should clean it once a year to keep your mattress free of dust, pet hair and other debris.

Let’s grab some cleaning supplies and get ready to reclaim your restful haven!

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  • Vacuum
  • Baking soda
  • Gentle dish soap (To avoid harsh dishwashing soaps, look for brands that are labeled as “gentle” or “mild” such as Mrs. Meyers for an example)
  • Clean New Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Empty Clean spray bottle

Mattress striped of bedding for a deep cleaning.

The first step to a fresh start is a clean slate. Remove all bedding, including sheets, blankets, pillows, and mattress protector. Toss them in the washing machine for a hot water cycle with your favorite laundry detergent. This eliminates dust mites, dead skin cells, and any lingering odors trapped in the fabric.

Our next cleaning tool for a clean mattress is the mighty baking soda. This natural wonder acts as a deodorizer and neutralizer, absorbing unpleasant smells and leaving your mattress smelling fresh.

Generously sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface, ensuring even coverage. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes to an hour, allowing it to work its magic.

Vacuuming up the baking soda from a mattress for deep cleaning.

Once the baking soda has had its time to shine, it’s time to send it packing. Re-vacuum your mattress thoroughly to remove any baking soda residue. Your mattress should now smell fresh and clean!

With a new clean sponge dampen it in a bucket of warm water with a gentle dish soap. You do not want the sponge soaking wet. It should be damp.

Washing your mattress down with a mild detergent and warm water with a clean sponge to deep clean a mattress.

Wipe down your mattress thoroughly. Allow your mattress to completely dry before putting the mattress cover and sheets back on the bed.

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to reduce most stains including urine and odors. Spray the stained area with undiluted hydrogen peroxide, let sit for five to 10 minutes, then blot dry to remove extra moisture. Let it fully dry before you put the mattress cover and/or sheets back on the bed.

If the stain is really bad, try Combine one cup of hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda and a drop or two of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray the surface of the stain. After 10 minutes, blot into the areas of the mattress that are most saturated and allow the entire mattress to thoroughly dry.

I keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in my laundry room. It’s good for various stains on clothes too.

Mattress cover to protect your mattress from allergens.

Remember a mattress cover that is waterproof can help protect the mattress from unwanted stains. Sometimes accidents do happen spilling your coffee in bed, night sweats and children’s nighttime accidents are bound to happen but are harder to eliminate. Do not use bleach products on mattress.

What are the benefits of a mattress cover? It can prevent dirt and moisture from staining and degrading your mattress. Another benefit is a mattress cover will help to extend the lifespan of your mattress.

Invest in a good mattress cover that is water proof.

In summary, it going to protect your investment. Mattresses are not cheap. It is best to protect it so that you can enjoy it for many years.

For an even deeper clean, you can flip your mattress over and repeat steps 3-5 on the other side. This is especially helpful if you only sleep on one side of the mattress regularly.

With these six easy steps, you can transform your mattress into a clean and healthy haven to sleep. Remember, a clean and healthy mattress is an investment in your well-being, promoting better sleep, helps to improve allergies, for a more hygienic sleep environment.

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  1. I’m so glad you shared this post and all these helpful tips, Tammy! I just did this to our mattresses last week but wasn’t 100% sure I was doing it right or a good enough job so I’m excited to see that I was on the right track. Especially, since I was using a new vacuum cleaner. It takes a while to do all the steps but it’s totally worth it! Hugs and happy almost spring, CoCo

    1. So glad to hear, CoCo. I thought it would be an interesting post for my friend and family. I was cleaning them in my house and thought it would be good to capture the process. Those mattress covers are worth every penny. I just replaced mine after many years of wash and good use. It really does protect from stains, spills, etc. People think a water-proof cover is crunchy but it is not the case at all.

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