How to Clean a Mattress – Tips and Advice
The phrase how to clean a mattress is very often typed onto online searches. It leads to general advice – some of it not very good.
Reasons For The Search
It is important to remember that we are not an all size fits all kind of world. The cleaning requirements differ enormously. The motivation of this kind of search can go from:
- Regular Mattress Cleaning Maintenance.
- Wanting to Remove Dust mites.
- Urine or Other Bodily Fluids.
- Candle Wax Spillage.
- Massage Oil Stains.
- Red Wine Stains.
- Pet Smells.
- Food Stains.
- Mould Removal.
When is it Better to get Professional Help?
When you are not good at cleaning yourself. Seems obvious but in so many cases our company gets called in to fix attempted mattress cleaning.
Avoid doing any type of solvent cleaning in the area where you sleep. Oil and wax may require a solvent application. Best for a professional technician to take care of the work.
Bodily fluids staining. With something like urine, the crystals will settle inside the mattress. Our unique enzyme-based restoration process is the best at getting rid of stains and the smell.
When you do not have proper extraction equipment. Be prepared with appropriate tools. As an example – Bissell steam cleaners for wet extraction and RAYCOP RN UV Sanitizing HEPA Allergen Vacuum for regular maintenance.
If the bedroom lacks ventilation. This is true for steam cleaning. It is crucial to dry the mattress as quickly as possible. You do not want to incubate mould in your mattress because it took days to dry.
So What Can You Do?
The advice depends on the cleaning process. Vacuum with a UV mattress extractor. Do it very slowly. Do it again. Repeat at a 90-degree angle. Do it again. Patience is the key. This is a good process to remove dust and skin.
Steam Cleaning is good for stains and spillages. Make sure you use eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Move your mattress outside – try and pick a sunny windy day.
Outdoor decks or patios are often ideal. Set up an appropriate workstation with drop sheets. Pre-treat the stains. Clean the whole mattress. Agitate with a white towel. Do a dry vacuum with the steamer.
Avoid spot cleaning. Mattresses can easily water mark. You may simply replace one stain with another. Do another dry vacuum. Let mother nature help you dry the mattress.
Put the mattress back in your bedroom once dry. Test the moisture content by laying on the mattress. If it feels damp, then wait a couple of hours.
The most common mistake you could make is overcleaning your mattress. Do not clean a mattress with a steam cleaner repeatedly. Stains are sometimes permanent.
The likelihood of you getting the filling wet increases with every wet pass. The filling is in a dark airless space. No wind and no light. Perfect conditions for mould to start growing.
For additional advice Wikihow has more to say on the subject.
Alternative to DIY Mattress Cleaning
The best answer to how to clean a mattress is to get a professional in to do the work. We have decades of mattress cleaning experience.
Chem-Dry uses the latest low moisture steam cleaning machines. Add state of the art cleaning solutions for a bacteria free world. Our specialist service will make all the difference. We offer a range of great other services as well.