Last Updated on January 1, 2023

While we love to keep our home clean and fresh, not many of us think about our mattress or the hygiene involved. We sleep on it every day, and it could be one of the best places for bed bugs and bacteria to thrive in.

Bed bugs and dust mites can cause severe body allergies in addition to aggravating Asthmatic conditions. In fact, dust mites excrete twice the amount of body weight every day. Knowing this, would you want to sleep in your bed again? In fact, bug infestation has also been linked with psychological effects – even scary to think.

A day with allergies might lead to a day lost of work. Dust mites are responsible for health loss, work loss, loss of sleep and even loss of money – now do you know why you should keep your sleeping area clean? As you would see, cleaning a mattress is not as easy, and you would need to use different equipment.

The Recommended Ways To Clean A Mattress

Vacuuming a mattress

These tips will ensure that you can clean a mattress easily, just the way you want, and then you’ll be able to have sound sleep, away from all health worries.

1. Use Your Vacuum Cleaner

Anyone can remove the bedding and easily use the upholstery tool of a vacuum cleaner to clean the top and sides. This is especially useful if you are trying to get the dust off. You can clean beneath the fabric’s surface and also along the wedge welting. This process should be done at least once every month for good results.

2. Using a Garment Steamer

This is one of the better ways to clean your mattress and is often used before you actually use the vacuum cleaner. It will cleanse by killing bugs and bacteria. Try to perform this method around the same time of vacuuming it as mentioned above, so approx once every month if you have a steamer. However, be sure to check the manufacturer’s cleaning or care instructions first, because it may advise against using such products and may ruin the surface material.

3. Cleaning Up After Pets

If you’ve pets, it’s best to ensure that mattresses are thoroughly and regularly cleaned. Cats, dogs, and other pets that spend time outdoors can bring dirt and bacteria from outside the home into the bed when you’re cuddling up with them. For any stains that pets may leave, you will need an upholstery cleaner. Also, consider an odor remover. Once cleaned, let it dry completely for all the germs to be killed. It is also a good idea to apply disinfectants during the cleaning process.

4. Freshening Up

Also, consider giving it the fresh feel it needs after cleaning it. For example, you might want to apply some baking soda on it while you’re cleaning it, and then vacuum it.

5. Cleaning Mold And Mildew

Mattress cleaning products

The other thing to remember is that the removal of mold and mildew can be a bit of a problem too. For effective removal of mold and mildew, where possible, you can keep mattresses out in sunlight for hours on end for natural cleansing of the growth. Wipe off the excess mold and ensure that it’s dry completely before taking it back indoors.


If you follow the above five steps, there should be no problem at all, but for those who can’t for whatever reason, perhaps consider hiring mattress cleaning experts. They can sanitize in natural, clean, and dry conditions. The dead excreta and skin flakes of the millions of dead bugs are removed by their high powered and professional equipment. Many companies also use germicide that can kill off any other bacteria and virus which might have seeped in over the months or years.

Mattress cleaning can be effortless if done regularly and if you have the right household tools at hand. However, delay the task for too long and it may become a horrible experience and a lengthy task awaiting. Even after some are cleaned, they might seem clean when they are not. If so, your prized purchase will be home to these creatures soon after you buy it. This is why cleansing them periodically is essential.

3 thoughts on “Tips On How To Clean A Mattress”

  1. Sandra Hexner

    Thank you for all this great information about cleaning mattresses! I really like your point that mattresses can even be cleaned of mold or mildew if I bring it outside to let the sun do its natural cleansing of the growth. We are hoping to buy a cheap mattress and with that, need to know how to take care of it too.

  2. Excellent info for mattress cleaning. I was only familiar with dragging the mattress outside for sunshine or ultra-violet rays. My mother would leave mattresses outside all day after a 1/2 day of 4-6 hrs. She would flip it to the other side for the same amount of time. Best freshener yet and works with pillows, and upholstery cushions too.

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