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How to Clean a Mattress

Find out how to keep a mattress clean & hygienic – this article includes advice on how to remove stains, odours & keep your bed in the best condition possible.


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In order to get the best night’s sleep, you should keep you mattress clean and hygienic. Read on to find out how to clean and remove stains from a mattress!

We spend around a third of our lives in bed, which means your mattress has to put up with a lot! Mattresses can harbour hair, dust, stains, dirt, and even dust mites. A mattress is something you invest in for the long-term, so to prevent it from deteriorating and becoming a health hazard you need to know how to clean your mattress. Be sure to check the wash care label before using any cleaning products and to follow any directions on the labels.

It’s a good idea to air out your mattress in the sun every six months. However tricky it may be to get your mattress outside, it will be worth it – the sun can kill off any bacteria living in your mattress, leaving you with a germ-free bed. Afterwards, wash your sheets using Surf with 5 Herbal Extracts – it will leave your sheets smelling wonderfully clean and fresh!

How to Clean a Mattress – The Best Methods


Vacuuming your mattress on a monthly basis will help to remove dust, dead skin cells, and other debris that accumulates over time. It’s important to use a clean vacuum attachment; otherwise you will only transfer dirt back onto your bed. If your mattress instructions advise against vacuuming, instead wipe away any debris with a damp cloth and leave to dry.


With all the sweat, dust and other nasty stuff mattresses get left with they can start to smell. To maintain a fresh, clean mattress, sift baking soda over the surface, leave for 30 minutes, and then vacuum up. Baking soda is a natural deodoriser so it will help to neutralise any odours. If you favour the smell of essential oils like lavender, try adding five drops to the baking soda before you sift. You’ll be left with a lovely smelling bed for a great night’s sleep. Likewise, try washing your sheets with a fragranced detergent like Surf – it’ll give your bedding a boost of long-lasting freshness!

How to Remove Mattress Stains

Mattresses have to put up with a lot of liquid abuse such as vomit, urine, blood, and sweat. These aren’t nice to clean, but it’s better to remove them straight away before they become embedded in the mattress.

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To effectively remove stains from your mattress, blot any liquid with a cool, wet cloth as soon as possible. Only use cold water as heat sets these kind of protein stains. Blot using a pressing motion to avoid rubbing the stain in any further. You can also apply a small amount of laundry detergent to the stain and gently blot it with a clean, damp cloth. Remember not to get the mattress too wet, as it is difficult to dry!

How to Clean a Mattress – 3 Quick Tips

  • Cover up: A mattress protector is a great way to keep your mattress clean. It will help to prevent stains from becoming deeply embedded in your mattress and can be easily cleaned in the washing machine. There are many types available, including hypoallergenic and waterproof.

  • Flip it: Turn your mattress seasonally so it wears evenly on both sides. This will help the mattress to last longer. Be sure to make this a team effort as mattresses can be heavy and awkward to lift.

  • Fan it: Speed up the drying time after cleaning by using fans. Do not replace bedding or sleep on the mattress until it is completely dry. This will prevent any mould from growing.

Now you know how to clean your mattress properly, you’ll be able to keep your entire bed wonderfully fresh, clean, and inviting for years to come.

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