Cleaning your Dirty Mattress
If we think about it, our mattresses have been with us through thick and thin! A good sleep or a good cry- they’ve seen it all! Mattresses are a big investment and they last us for ages. However, this is only possible if we sustain them. To be honest, when did you last clean your mattress? Some of us have never done it. But that’s okay, we got you!
You probably spend six, seven, or eight hours on it every night. During that time, dust, dead skin cells, sweat and oil from your body can make their way onto and into it, leading to possible yellow stains. Add the allergens, dust mites, and pet dander found in most homes, and your mattress is ripe for a cleaning. Regularly cleaning your mattress can remove allergens, dust, bacteria, and stop serious mattress problems including mould and odours. To keep your mattress safe, healthy, and clean, you’ll need to manage routine cleaning as well as address larger problems like spots, stains, odours, and even bed bugs and dust mites.
You might be thinking mattress cleaning is a job to be done by professionals. That is not the case. Most of the things required to clean them are readily available in your homes! Read on further to get the whole lowdown on cleaning your mattress are your home.
Not-so-Fun fact about mattresses:
If you’ve never taken the time to clean your mattress, it can collect enough dead skin cells and dust mites to double its weight in ten years! Disgusting, but true.
What you need to clean your mattress at home:
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Small fan/ blow dryer
- Laundry Liquid
- Clean cloth (to wipe)
- Baking Soda
- Dish soap
- Lavender Essential Oil (Skip this if you’re using Koparo’s Laundry Liquid)
How to clean your mattress naturally:
Strip off your Bed Sheet
Remove your bedding and put them in the washing machine while you work on your mattress. If you’re a believer in all things natural, definitely put in Koparo’s Laundry Liquid. Read our blog How Much Liquid Laundry Detergent Should You Use to get a better insight. Bed sheets need to be washed in hot water every one to two weeks. Change them more often if you’re sick, or if you notice a stain.
Vacuum the Mattress
This is the most foolproof way to clean your mattress. Leave no space- vacuum the top, corner and turn it upside down to clean it on the other side. Make sure you’re targeting the crevices; since that is where you’ll find the dust and grimes huddled together. It's a good idea to do this every couple of months or more often if someone in the family suffers from allergies. Press down firmly on the tool or tap it on the fabric to draw out dust beneath the surface.
Steam off the Grime
If you have a garment steamer or maybe even a steam iron, make sure to steam your mattress to get rid of those grimes and stubborn bacteria. Go over the mattress with the steamer holding the nozzle as close to the fabric as you can (without causing the steamer to drip). The penetrating steam will kill dust mites lurking near the surface.
Removing hard stains
If you are cleaning your mattress after a while, it is natural you will encounter some stains on your mattress. They are mostly caused by eating on the bed or if your pets cuddle with you at night. You can remove stains in a lot of ways. Here’s some of them:
- The Spruce recommends you mix 1 cup of baking soda with a few drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl, and then put the mixture in a strainer. Shake the fragranced baking soda evenly over the entire mattress. You can then use your vacuum.
- Architectural Digest says never soak your mattress or apply water or cleaning solution directly to it. Memory foam, for example, isn't supposed to get wet at all. For biological stains, reach for a dishwashing liquid. You can choose Koparo’s Dishwashing Liquid which is a great choice to get rid of hard stains. Spray the cleaner onto a clean white cloth, and then blot the stained area with the cloth. After that, you can apply cold water to a different clean cloth and continue blotting until the stain lifts.
- If you have some stubborn stains; you can also make a DIY solution of equal parts cold water and hydrogen peroxide.
Removing yellow stains and odour
Yellow stains are the most common complaint of mattresses. They are caused due to sweat and the body's natural oils build up. If you have a pet or an infant, it is likely that these yellow stains are also urine stains. The best way to get rid of them is to use your laundry liquid or detergent with warm water and spray it on your mattress. You can use Koparo’s Laundry Liquid as it contains lavender extracts which will also get rid of the smell in your mattress. Then, clean it with a clean cloth over the stain till you see it fading.
Hope this article gave you some insight! You can check out our Laundry Range down below. It’s safe for your bedding material and the environment! Happy cleaning :)