Out of all the important pieces of furniture we use every single day, the mattress is probably the most neglected.
You spend a third of your life laying on that thing, but how often do you clean it? If your answer consists of stammering and gently scratching your head, you’re probably not alone. Leaving your mattress as it is for long periods of time can be very detrimental to your health.
The various mites, dead skin cells, dust and other contaminants can have an adverse effect on your health, especially if you are suffering from or prone to respiratory illnesses.
The best way to make sure that your mattress remains dirt-free and keeps its freshness is to regularly use a quality steam cleaner to thoroughly clean its exterior as well as to freshen up its innards.
Before actually applying steam you should use a vacuum cleaner to gather up all the dust and mites that have accumulated on the surface. Vacuuming should be done each time you flip your mattress, so once every season.
Most vacuums come with a hand tool meant for upholstery cleaning, so use that. If your model has a rotary brush that can dislodge more stubborn filth better, use that instead.
The correct way to clean your mattress
In principle, all steam cleaners work in the same manner, but not every model might be suitable for cleaning mattresses. You’ll want one that either has a dedicated mattress / upholstery cleaning tool if it is hand-held or has a canister, or a model with a large floorhead.
In case of the latter, it would be easiest to lay the mattress down on the floor and go over it like you would over a carpeted surface. Mattresses shouldn’t be exposed to moisture for too long, so be sure to attach the supplied cloth to the extension / floorhead to pick up any excess moisture.
When cleaning the general surface, using shorter bursts of steam with more passes is a much better method than continuously applying the steam since it reduces moisture build-up while still providing a good result.
When tougher stains are concerned, you’ll need to perform this more times, but don’t pass over the stain more than four times. When going over the stain, gently push the tool into it for better results.
When done with its main surfaces, don’t forget to clean the edges of the mattress. Go over each side once or twice and position the mattress on its side if you’re having trouble reaching them.
Once everything is cleaned up, you should leave the mattress to dry on its own. If you’ve been paying attention to these instructions, this shouldn’t take very long since there won’t be that much moisture left over to dry.
That’s pretty much all there is to it really. You should be done in an hour or so, which really isn’t all that long considering your continued good health is at stake. Incorporate cleaning the mattress into your yearly cleaning routine for a much more pleasant sleeping and living experience.