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How to Deep Clean a Mattress in 8 Easy Steps?

If you are wondering ow to deep clean a mattress and remove blood stains or urine stains, you have come to the right place!

A mattress that is not maintained regularly is a potential source of health problems because it contains mites and bacteria. If you want to properly maintain the hygiene of the mattress, you need to have a vacuum cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, bleach, spray bottle and a clean cloth.

Deep cleaning of the mattress surface needs to be done regularly, especially if you are prone to staining, spills and similar things while you are in bed. In this way, it will always be fresh and clean, and ready for reuse. Deep clean is also necessary for people who have any form of allergic reaction.

Although it is a long-term investment, it gets dirty over time like everything else. That is why its maintenance is of great importance when it comes to our health. So you have to know how to deep clean a mattress. First of all, pay attention to a few important guidelines of this procedure.

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    What cleaning supplies will I need?

    The better you maintain your mattress, the longer it will last. Remember that they contain mites, dead skin, dirt and other debris. You will need a vacuum cleaner, a stain remover, cleaner for biological stains, dish soap or mild detergent and water. You will also need hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, a soft-bristled brush and rags. These are the things you can’t imagine cleaning your mattress without. However, don’t forget to look to follow care instructions you get from manufacturer when you bought it. If you fail to follow those instructions, you can damage mattress and make it unusable.

    A vacuum cleaner

    The point of a good vacuum is to do it gently but with power. For example, try to make a sufficient distance between the device and the mattress. This way, they will get all the mattress stains out of it much better. Otherwise, you will stick the device too much to the fibers and make it difficult to remove them. If you have a vacuum cleaner with a high-power mode, it will remove a much larger number of mites, skin residues and allergens. Either way, use a model that won’t damage the surface of the entire mattress and focus on hard-to-reach areas. Do not forget to turn the mattress and repeat the procedure.

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    Baking soda

    If you have a cover, remove it from the furniture, then vacuum it. Then, using a strainer, sprinkle baking soda on the surface, you will need a larger package of baking soda. This procedure will remove dirt, sweat stains, dead skin cells, dust and unpleasant odors from your mattress. If you want, you can add a few drops of essential oil, for longer freshness.


    You will also need a cloth. It can be a cotton cloth or a piece of old clothing. However, it is best to have a microfiber cloth because due to the positive-charged polyester fibers and negative-charged nylon fibers the microfiber cloth will pick up everything dirty from your mattress and it will be like new.


    You can use bleach almost to remove all stains, including those that are difficult to remove from the mattress. Just whisk two tablespoons of bleach with one tablespoon of water to create a dry foam. Once you’ve done that, just spread the product evenly on the stain and wait 10 minutes before removing it. For that, you will use a damp cloth that successfully picks up the remains, and then leave the mattress to dry in the air.


    So, pour the vinegar directly on the stains or the whole mattress. It is best not to pour directly on the surface but to use a spray bottle on the mattress. The pouring method can only lead to too much moisture. However, when you have done this, leave the vinegar to act for 10 minutes in the air. Increased airflow speeds up the process. After the time has elapsed, simply remove the vinegar with a cloth.

    Deep clean your mattress in 8 easy steps

    Deep cleaning the mattress is important to have a healthy and undisturbed night’s sleep. Inadequate maintenance of your mattress affects the reproduction of mites, the accumulation of dust, which leads to a number of respiratory problems. Chronic fatigue and insomnia can often be the result of poor mattress hygiene. Deep bed washing is one of the first steps you can take towards a healthier and more beautiful sleep. 

    Proper handling of deep cleaning mattresses is guaranteed to remove stubborn stains, mites and allergens, as well as unpleasant odors. For this purpose, you can use completely safe means in combination with a quality vacuum cleaner. That way you will achieve impeccable freshness.

    Step 1 - Ventilate the room

    We must not forget the importance of ventilating the room during cleaning. You can do this in several ways, but it is best to open windows. In this way, you encourage healthy circulation and air movement. You get rid of stagnant air and other odors. 

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    Much of the dust and dirt ends up in the air during cleaning, and in order to get it all out of the room, windows or doors are opened. You will also get rid of the unpleasant odor that can end up on your mattress as a result of pets, sweat and other factors. In the end, you will not be uncomfortable cleaning the mattress indoors because you will have good air flow.

    Step 2 - Remove all the beddings and sheets

    So, this is the first step that is usually taken when cleaning the mattress. Before you start the procedure, you need to actually get to it. You will do this by removing everything on your mattress, including bedding, pillows, etc. Of course, this also applies to the mattress protector if you use it. It would be good to wash this bedding immediately and don’t forget to read the manufacturer’s instructions on the labels.

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     If the manufacturer recommends it, wash the bedding at the highest possible temperature because it is a great way to get rid of organisms such as mites and bed bugs. Do the same with pillows, because they collect skin, sweat, oils, saliva and contain mites as well as other irritants and allergens.

    Step 3 - Vacuum your mattress

    Vacuuming a mattress is an unavoidable thing. It would be very useful if you had an upholstery attachment. On the other hand, attachment with a rolling brush can damage the surface of the mattress. So try to be very detailed and that means you have to pay equal attention to the top, bottom and sides of the mattress. 

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    No matter how narrow some parts are, it is important to cross them. However, do not put too much pressure as you will reduce the machine’s suction. Don’t forget the seams and edges, because there are a lot of dead skin cells as well as dust. You can then use the hose attachment for this purpose. Then turn it over and repeat the process from the beginning. These sides must be equally fresh and clean.

    Step 4 - Deodorize

    If you want to get rid of an unpleasant odor in the right way, you need to neutralize all odors. This is difficult to do with just a cleaner and water or a vacuum cleaner. You need something that will bring out unpleasant odors, and that can be achieved with baking soda. She is a natural deodorizer. All you have to do is sprinkle a little baking soda on your mattress. 

    After that, it is recommended to leave it in that state for at least 30 minutes, but it would be best to leave it for 24 hours. Unlike other neutralizers, it does not contain odors that can irritate people who have allergies. So, pour baking soda and gently rub it into the mattress and leave it like that for a while.

    Step 5 - Vacuum again

    After you have performed the previous procedure, it is necessary to vacuum the baking soda and everything else from the surface of the mattress. If you waited long enough for the baking soda to work, you neutralized all the odors. Now you need to go over the entire surface of the mattress again. Be sure to cross every millimeter, and this applies to all its sides, including hard-to-reach parts.

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    It is necessary to pay special attention to them, considering that a lot of dead skin and dust is drawn in, and over time, an increasing layer of these and other remains is created. It is important to note that you should turn the mattress every three months if you want to prolong its life.

    Step 6 - Get rid of any dust mites

    Mites are the most common cause of allergies. They are barely visible to the naked eye and their size is between 0.1 to 0.5 millimeters. Although they are completely harmless – they do not bite and do not transmit infections, there are people with a predisposition to allergies for which mites are a big problem. Inhalation of mites can lead to asthma, rhinitis and dermatitis. 

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    However, it is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner with filters that makes a trap for extremely small particles. It is also a solution to regularly wash and buy mattresses that are resistant to mites or to equip your mattress with a protector or even a mattress pad.

    Step 7 - Disinfect your mattress

    Since sleeping on a clean mattress is the first step towards proper sleep hygiene, it is necessary to disinfect the mattress. During this process, all unpleasant germs lurking under the surface of the mattress are removed. Although they are invisible to the naked eye, you breathe them in all night and sleep on them. They can be very easily transmitted to your skin and especially to your face causing an outbreak. You can do this in several ways. 

    A great way to do this properly is to use a bleach and cold water mix. It is very important to use only cold water, because hot or lukewarm water can make the active ingredients ineffective. Thus bleach becomes completely useless. So, when you have mixed these two ingredients, you only need to spray the mattress.

    Step 8 - Start removing stains

    There are several ways you can get rid of stubborn stains. However, the best effect is achieved by using vinegar and baking soda. They have been the basic cleaning agents for decades. You need to pour a little vinegar into the spray bottle and lightly spray the mattress. After 10 minutes, wipe with a dry cloth and apply baking soda on the mattress. Leave the mattress in this condition for as long as you can, it is recommended up to 24 hours. 

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    When the baking soda is standing long enough, you can vacuum it. It is also important to add a little more liquid during this process and use cloths instead of paper towels that can fall apart. Of course, do not overdo it with liquids and make sure that the mattress is not too wet. Then you can start rubbing the mattress in places where there are stains and other dirt.

    How often should I deep-clean my mattress?

    If your mattress has adequate and quality protection, it may be enough for you to do it once or twice. However, this applies to mattresses that are hypoallergenic and waterproof. Mattress protectors should be washed on a monthly basis to remove odors and allergenes. On the other hand, people who do not use mattress protection should vacuum their mattress every month. 

    In this way, mites, dead cells, skin and surface allergens are regularly removed. After that, deep clean is necessary at least twice a year. If your mattress is still too dirty, replace it with a new one. Now you know how to remove mattress stains!

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