How to Clean your Mattress

How often do you use your mattress? Probably every day. But how often do you think about cleaning your mattress? Probably not every day. Your mattress is one if your most used household items, yet often forgotten when it comes to weekend chores, spring cleaning, etc.

Your mattress could be one of your dirtiest household items. Mattresses can carry dust mites, dead skin cells, dirt, and a whole lot more. That build up can cause allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and other health related problems.

Regular mattress cleaning is not only good for your health, but it will also improve the lifespan of your mattress. It’s recommended to clean your mattress once every 6 months, or as needed. Your mattress should also be cleaned  immediately  after spilling or dirtying your mattress.

Contrary to what many believe, cleaning your mattress is a relatively effortless process. Follow these eight simple steps and your mattress will feel brand new.

How to Clean Your Mattress

Step 1: Gather your Supplies

To clean your mattress, you will need a few supplies: it’s recommended to gather:

  • A vacuum with an upholstery attachment
  • Dish soap or another stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cold water

When gathering cleaning supplies, be careful not to use harsh chemicals. Also be aware that it may be hard to remove the scent of laundry detergent, so use a mild scent.


Step 2: Assess the Damage

Look for any areas that may need cleaning. This includes stains, discoloration, smells, or other signs that indicate an area may need to be cleaned.


Step 3: Strip Bed and Wash all Bedding

Remove all sheets, pillowcases, mattress protectors, or anything else that is on your mattress. Wash them based on the manufacturer’s care instructions.


Step 4: Vacuum Mattress

Vacuum your entire mattress with the upholstery attachment. Make sure to go over the entire surface and sides of mattress. Pay special attention to seams or crevices that may collect dirt.


Step 5: Spot Clean with Stain Remover

Grab your stain remover or laundry detergent, whichever you are most comfortable with for the type of spot you are trying to remove. Make sure never to soak your mattress or apply cleaner directly onto the mattress. The goal is to get as little product as possible onto the mattress.

Apply cleaner to a cloth then blot the stained area. Apply cold water with a different cloth. Continue to blot with cleaner and water until the stain lifts. Repeat on all affected areas.


Step 6: Sprinkle Baking Soda all over Mattress

Allow the mattress to completely dry from your spot treatment. Then apply a thin layer of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress. Baking soda will absorb moisture and remove odors. Allow the baking soda to sit for several hours, the longer the better.

While baking soda sits, open the window. Allow fresh air and UV rays to penetrate the room. It will assist in killing any bacteria that lives in the mattress.


Step 7: Vacuum Again

Once you’ve let the baking soda sit for as long as desired, vacuum the surface of the mattress with the upholstery attachment again. You may repeat Steps 6 and 7 again if you feel it’s necessary.


Step 8: Protect your Mattress

Cover your mattress with a high-quality mattress protector. If you need a mattress protector, Intellibed sells high quality ones that will keep your mattress fresh and clean. Shop for those here. Then cover your mattress in clean set of sheets.


Keeping your mattress clean and fresh is important for your health and for maintaining the lifespan of the mattress. Complete the steps listed above once every 6 months and you will always have a clean and protected mattress.