Our beds take up a very important place in all our hearts. It’s the place where we rest our souls after a long day. Where we comfort ourselves in hard times. Did you know we spend an average of ⅓ of our lives in our pillow palaces? That’s why it is of the utmost importance to care for our mattresses. If uncared for, your neglected mattress could cause you restless sleep, tiredness, and even make you ill. Considering we spend so much time on our beds, imagine how much dirt and grime get into the mattress fibres. That’s why we put together this short guide on how to clean your mattress at home!

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how to clean your mattress at home

How to Get Rid of Unpleasant Odours

When it comes to the question, “how to clean your mattress at home”, first things first, odour-removal! Here is a (very) short list of things you will need for your DIY mattress odour treatment:

  • Soda bicarb
  • Corn starch
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Vacuum cleaner

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Now, here are our tips on how to clean your mattress at home:

  1. Before cleaning anything, as always, hoover! Make sure you get up all hairs, bits of dirt and dust. Dead skin cells are the devil for mattresses. If neglected, they could make a comfy home for bed bugs. Only do the top side, for now, we’ll worry about the underside later.
  2. Now it’s time for your dry compound. You can use either soda bicarb or corn starch, but using a mix of both is your best option. Sprinkle it thickly over the surface of your mattress. While sleeping we all sweat. This soaks into the mattress and lots of dirt and skin cells get right into the fibres. That’s why you need the dry compound.
  3. The soda bicarb and corn starch absorb all moisture and dirt in the mattress. Leave it for at least half an hour. If it’s a more serious case, do this step in the morning, and the next one before going to bed.
  4. Finally, vacuum again! Once your dry compound has absorbed all it can, hoover it up, and all the unpleasantness with it! Repeat on the underside. For best results, drop 15-30 drops of your favourite essential oils over the mattress surface. Lavender is a good one if you are having restless nights.

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How to Get rid of Stains

Due to spending so much of our time in our beds, they tend to gather an awful lot of stains. They can be bloodstains, stains from sweat, and from other bodily fluids. Here we will tell you the secrets on how to clean your mattress at home, no matter the stain type!

You will need:

How to Clean Bloodstains from your Mattress at Home:

  1. Get 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp. of dish soap and a tbsp. of soda bicarb or corn starch.
  2. Mix them together until they form a paste.
  3. Apply lightly to the bloodstain and leave to sit for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Dab away the paste using either a clean white cloth or a soft upholstery brush.
  5. Now get a new white cloth dipped in hydrogen peroxide and dab at the area until the stain is gone.

how to clean your mattress at home

How to Clean Stains from Other Bodily Fluids from your Mattress at Home:

  1. Get 1 ½ tbsp. of soda bicarb, 200ml of hydrogen peroxide, and just a spot of dish soap.
  2. Mix them together and dip a white cloth into the mixture using sparingly (if you use too much you might end up damaging the mattress).
  3. If there is any moisture in the mattress before you start, soak it up with a dry towel.
  4. Now using your soaked cloth (make sure it, dab at the area until there are no signs of the stain left.

Read also: How to Clean Upholstery the Right Way.