Keeping your mattress clean and fresh isn’t just important to help you sleep better at night, but also for your health and hygiene. We spend about 7 to 8 hours in bed (if not longer) every single night and over time, our mattress becomes a playground for sweat, dead skin cells, skin and hair oil, dust mites, and other icky things.
Unfortunately, simply changing your bedsheets once a week (yes, that’s how often you should be changing it) is not enough to keep your mattress clean. Follow these simple steps to keep your mattress spick and span and snooze-worthy.
Step 1: Strip it naked!
Before you get too excited, we mean your bed *lol*. Strip your bed of all its bedding including the pillowcases, quilt cover, and mattress protector. Wash the bedding in hot water or use antibacterial laundry detergent to kill off any bad bacteria and dust mites that might be lurking in the fabrics.
Check the care labels on your pillow if they can be washed as well. Some pillows are machine washable, while some, like Sonno the pillow, don’t require washing as they’re made of hypoallergenic materials that prevent dust mites, mold, and fungus so you can sleep without worries.
Step 2: Break out the vacuum
Use the upholstery attachment or if you don’t have that, just run your vacuum on the top and sides of your mattress and let it suck out the crumbs from your movies-and-snacks marathon, dust, dirt, dead skin cells, your hair, your partner’s hair, your child(ren)’s hair, your pet’s hair, and every other hair and non-hair stuff that has accumulated all those months.
Step 3: Spot clean and deodorise
Stains on mattresses are perfectly normal; it could have been the ‘accidents’ made by your pets or child(ren), or the months of accumulated sweat, or the blood from that time of the month, or that time you spilled your dinner in bed while watching your favourite TV show on Netflix.
The important thing is to clean the stains before they become a permanent print on your mattress or worse - start to smell and mold *shudders*. You can use a stain remover or an enzyme cleaner to treat and remove the stains and odour, but one thing you need to remember is to never ever soak or drench your mattress.
If you don’t have a stain remover, you can make your own natural mattress stain and deodoriser with just 2 ingredients! Here’s what you need to do:
- What you need: white vinegar, baking soda, a spray bottle, sponge or dishcloth
- Pour white vinegar (as needed) in an empty spray bottle.
- Spray the vinegar directly on the stains (do not over-saturate the mattress!).
- Let it sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Blot the area with a sponge of a dishcloth until the stain disappears.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the entire mattress and let it sit for 2 - hours before vacuuming it thoroughly to remove all traces of baking soda.
- The baking soda will absorb the vinegar along with any nasty odour and you’ll have yourself a clean and fresh smelling mattress!
Step 4: Flip and repeat
Once the top side of the mattress is thoroughly cleaned and dry, flip the mattress and vacuum and spot clean (if necessary) the bottom part of the mattress as well. You can also sprinkle baking soda after vacuuming, and let it sit for a few hours to remove odours before finishing off with a final vacuuming.
This step is only necessary if your mattress is a ‘flippable’ type where you need to flip it every few months to avoid sagging. Most mattresses these days - such as Sonno mattress - don’t require flipping as they’re designed to be ‘non-flip’ mattresses for convenience and extra comfort.
Step 5: Add protection
Now that your mattress is all clean and odour-free, invest in a waterproof mattress protector to extend the life shelf of your mattress. The added protection can keep your mattress safe from night time ‘accidents’, spills, dust, and depending on the material of the mattress protector, even bed bugs!
Besides, it'll make cleaning much easier as most mattress protectors are machine washable.
Step 6: Put them back on!
Just the final touches; cover your now-clean mattress with your freshly washed bedsheet and bedding, and you’re all set for a great night’s sleep!
Remember to clean your mattress using these steps every few months depending on how well used your mattress is. But no matter how vigilant you are about your bed’s hygiene, it’s also important to know when to switch to a new mattress. If your mattress is more than eight years old and has visible signs of sagging, poking springs, and causes aches and pains when you wake up, you should consider investing in a new mattress that can offer you better support - like Sonno mattress.
Besides, you can try a Sonno mattress in your own bedroom for 100 nights. If you don’t love it, you can return it at absolutely no charge and get your money back. Easy peasy, super breezy. Learn more about Sonno mattress on our website at www.sleepsonno.com.