How to Clean & Care For Your Mattress
Over time it is inevitable your mattress will suffer from odours, stains and general wear and tear but with regular care and cleaning you can help your mattress stay fresh and last longer.
This in turn will lead to you getting the quality sleep you need from your bed. Here are our mattress care tips.
Wash your bedding
Change and wash your bedding weekly to keep your sleep environment clean and fresh. While the sheets are off the bed, take five minutes to gently vacuum the mattress and bed frame using the upholstery tool on the vacuum cleaner. You’ll be surprised at how much dust and dead skin it’ll remove – but be gentle, the fabric can be delicate.
Top tip: To keep things fresh, let the mattress air for a while before you put your bedding back on.
A washable mattress protector will keep your mattress clean. It’ll prevent surface stains from settling into your mattress, so they’ll be easier to remove. To avoid dampness and mould make sure you let your mattress topper dry completely before putting it back on the bed.
How to clean a stained mattress
If possible always attack stains as soon as they happen.
What you need
– A bucket
– 1/4 cup white vinegar per 1 litre warm water
– A cheap bar of white soap
– A microfibre cleaning cloth
– An old toothbrush
– A clean, dry towel
How to clean your mattress stain
1. If dealing with fresh spillages, blot up as much of the liquid as possible before cleaning.
2. Get a bucket of hot water and add 1/4 cup of white vinegar per 1 litre.
3. Wet the microfibre cloth and wring it out well – you don’t want to soak the mattress.
4. Rub the soap onto the cloth.
5. Give the stain a good scrub with the cloth. Target particularly tough stains with an old toothbrush.
6. Rinse the cloth in the water, wring it out, and rub it over the stain again to remove the soap suds. You might need to repeat this process a few times, especially for old or heavy stains.
7. Rub the patch with a clean, dry towel. This will soak up any moisture and surface-dry the patch.
8. Leave the mattress to air-dry completely before remaking the bed. Any dampness could cause mould.
Turn Your Mattress
We spend around a third of our lives on our mattresses, so some general wear and sagging over time is to be expected. Turn your mattress regularly to allow for even distribution of body weight throughout its life – this should help it last longer.
When should I replace my mattress?
Over time – even with careful care and attention – your mattress will begin to age, which can have an impact on your sleep quality. If you wake up with aches and stiffness, it may be a sign that your mattress (rather than your joints) are due an upgrade. We recommend replacing your mattress around every 8 years, depending on the type and how often it’s used.