How to clean a mattress and extend its life

Not only is it a great ally of proper rest, but it is a place where we spend many hours of the day, so its hygiene is essential to take care of our health and our well-being. We tell you how to clean a mattress to remove stains and disinfect both the fabric and the filling. Secrets to extend its life and leave it as new.

To remove dirt and odors from our dream partner, we must go step by step, using different methods according to what you want to clean. Here we will explain, among other things:

  • How to get bloodstains from the mattress.
  • How to clean a urinal mattress.
  • How to kill ticks and fleas.
  • How to disinfect and remove stains in general.

How to clean a mattress step by step

There are good homemade products that you can try, but always do a test in a corner that is not so visible. If the stain goes out without getting the fabric or worsening the stain, pass it in all the places you need.

If you are going to clean it with a commercial product, read the package instructions and the mattress manufacturer’s recommendations very well. In this case, it is also advisable to perform an earlier test.

How to disinfect a mattress

To keep it clean, healthy, and in good condition, follow these tips:

  • Do not wait for it to deteriorate. The key is to clean it regularly.
  • Change the sheets once a week.
  • Change the pillowcases twice a week.
  • Don’t make the bed as soon as you get up. Vent the bed by opening the windows so that the air and sun enter.
  • Every time you clean it, separate it from the wall or the back of the bed to make sure you wash all sides well.
  • You only need a disused toothbrush and a simple vacuum cleaner. It is the first step before passing a product. It serves to remove the dust that accumulates.

How to disinfect with homemade products:

  • Mix a glass of baking soda (250 grams), five drops of tea tree essential oil, mint, and lavender essential oil (optional).
  • Baking soda is a powerful deodorizer; It also eliminates bacteria, dirt, and mites. It is an essential, economical, and effective product to help us in our daily cleaning.
  • Tea tree essential oil is one of the best natural disinfectants. You can find it in dietetics or pharmacies. It is not expensive and serves many applications: make hand sanitizers, clean the bathroom, kitchen, etc. Also, it has a pleasant smell.

Step by Step:

  • Take it to a place where the sunsets. Ideally, a patio, balcony, or terrace.
  • In a plastic container, pour 250 grams of baking soda, add the five drops of essential tea oil and mix well so that the ingredients are integrated.
  • Put the mixture in the strainer or sieve and sprinkle on the mattress, not forgetting the sides. Leave for a few hours and then do the same on the other side.
  • Finally, vacuum the entire surface to remove dirt attached to the bicarbonate and the mite debris.
  • It is advisable to do it twice a month.

How to remove difficult stains

Blood, sweat, or urine stains are more difficult to remove, but it is not impossible. Let’s start with the homemade methods:

  1. Spray white vinegar of alcohol on the stain and leave on for 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain, and you will see how it effervesces with white vinegar. Wait until the bicarbonate is dry and vacuum in that area.
  3. If the stain does not completely escape, rub a damp sponge with a circular motion. Let dry well. Always wear gloves to protect your hands.

Another option is to use commercial products:

  1. Put one tablespoon of liquid laundry soap or some stain remover in 1 liter of cold water. Mix the solution to foam. I moistened a sponge in the mixture and rubbed the spots with circular motions. If the stain came out, rinse the sponge with water and pass it again.
  2. Let dry very well and vacuum again to remove dirt or soap residue.

How to clean a urinated mattress

Pee in bed is a classic. More than once, we find a home accident, and it is nothing we cannot easily repair.

  • Remove the sheets and pillowcases and wash them in the washing machine with the usual soap.
  • Spray a cup of baking soda on the urine stain. Leave on for a while and sprinkle the rest of the mattress with more baking soda.
  • If you can, cover it with a plastic bag, covering the entire surface. Leave on for several hours and then take it out and have a good vacuum.
  • Another option, simpler, is to use alcohol. Disinfect and clean.

How to get bloodstains from the mattress

Bloodstains are some of the most difficult to remove. That is why it is so important to act quickly. Ideally, use paste preparations because the key is not to moisten the stain site too much. Some tips:

  • Peroxide. Throw a few drops on the stain until it foam and blood “sprout.” There, with a gauze or absorbent paper, remove the foam with a clean, dry cloth. You can repeat it if it does not come out. Hydrogen peroxide is very effective in both fresh and dry bloodstains.
  • Aspirin. Add aspirin to a bottle with water. Shake well and tip over the stain a little. Leave on for half an hour. Then, brush with a soft bristle brush, and then, with a damp cloth, I extracted the excess water. It is a very effective option for delicate garments such as wool.
  • Cornstarch. Make a paste with a part of cornstarch and another of water; Rub the mixture on the stained part and let it dry until a scab forms. When dry, with a damp cloth, remove the paste and, with a dry cloth, finish scraping off the residue. You can also use a brush.
  • Toothpaste. Pass a toothpaste brush over the area and then rub with a damp towel. When it disappears, dry with a dry cloth.

Mites on the mattress

Mites are very tiny dust bugs, which usually “stay” without permission on mattresses, pillows, and carpets. Although they are invisible to the human eye, they are very harmful to people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems. We tell you step by step how to remove them and prevent their proliferation.

  • Wind the bed. It is key to do it at least one day a week. Leave the bed unarmed for several hours, with an open window for ventilation. If you make the bed when you wake up, the mites stay “clinging” to the mattress, since they feed on dead skin cells and sweat. When the bed is ventilated, both sunlight and air cause the mites to become dehydrated and die.
  • Change the sheets. It is recommended to change the sheets once a week and the pillowcases twice, especially if you have allergies or respiratory problems.
  • Use baking soda. Not only is it barbaric to remove stains, but it is a great ally against mites. Sprinkle a mixture of baking soda with a few drops of essential oils with disinfectant properties (thyme, tea tree, lavender). Leave for a few hours and then remove the dust with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Buy protectors: As well as for pillows and comforters, there are also mattress protectors that are good allies against these small invaders.

How to remove fleas from the mattress

One of the easiest ways to eliminate fleas is to use steam since these small insects do not withstand high temperatures. You can also use a hairdryer (you can use it in any area of the room that has cloth) or expose it to the sun for hours.

Another option is to use turmeric, which is powerful anti-bacterial medicine and has a high percentage of curcumin, a great enemy of fleas. It takes their oxygen and makes them die or migrate quickly. You just have to rub the surfaces with turmeric powder to eliminate the plague.

In turn, peppermint oil, lavender, and cloves work as a small insect repellent and keep fleas away from your room. Take advantage of them to get rid of these undesirable bugs.

Finally, remember that beyond maintenance, a mattress must be renewed every 10 to 15 years.


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