How to Clean Your Mattress
If you haven’t thought about cleaning your mattress lately, consider this: You probably spend six or seven hours on it every night. During that time, dead skin cells, sweat, and oil from your body make their way onto it.
1. Ditch the dust.
The easiest way to tackle dust is to use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top and sides of the mattress and as much of the box spring as you can access. Press firmly on the tool to draw out dust beneath the fabric’s surface. Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached. If you have a garment steamer, go over the mattress with the steamer before you vacuum to help kill and remove dust mites lurking near the surface.
2. Wipe out old stains.
If pets sleep with you, or you like to snack in bed, chances are your mattress may have some stains on it. The easiest way to remove them is with an upholstery cleaner formulated to remove pet stains. Avoid over-wetting the mattress, and let it dry thoroughly before making the bed.
3. Kill any odors.
For any telltale smells, spray the mattress and box spring with a disinfecting spray. It’s safe to use on fabric and kills bacteria that causes odors.
Now that you know your mattress is clean, check out these tips for making sure your pillows and mattress pad are dust- and odor-free too.