How To Refresh Your Mattress This Fall

Cup of coffee on top of cloth sheets

Fall is the perfect time for some seasonal cleaning. Especially before winter sets in and the cold air isn’t really a motivator to get into the nooks and crannies of your home. You might be going through a list to determine what you need to clean and mattress is listed. 

And then you realize…when was the last time you cleaned your mattress?

This is a judgment-free zone, but since you’re thinking about your mattress, it might be time to do some cleaning. 

Cleaning stains doesn’t have to be a miserable experience and with a few items you can be sure your mattress is refreshed. 

Refresh Your Mattress

Fortunately, you love your mattress. But unfortunately, dust mites adore your mattress as much as you do. It’s a way of life but a little sunlight can actually help.

  1. Take the sheets off of the bed
  2. Open your bedroom window and let the sun shine on the bare mattress which will actually kill any dust mites. 
  3. If you have the room and help, you can rotate or flip your mattress which is recommended to lengthen the life of your mattress. 

During this process, you might realize your mattress has an odor. A musty scent. If that is the case, you can take a cup of baking soda and mix it with 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Some scents are better for sleep than others like lavender which is calming, but anything will work. The important thing is that you like it. 

Sprinkle this mixture (or better yet, use a strainer) to coat across the top of your mattress. Leave it there for about an hour to two hours and then vacuum it all up. 

Cleaning Stains 

Accidents happen. It’s very human to spill something like a cup of tea all over your freshly cleaned bedding. While it’s not an ideal situation, being prepared is key to stopping the stain from setting and being harder to remove. 

Reuse a bottle that can be cleaned or stop by the store for an empty spray bottle. Whichever you decide, you’ll want to create this mixture and have it on hand in case a spill happens. Remember, the longer you wait the harder it will be to get rid of the stains. 

  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tablespoon clear liquid dish soap
  • 1 tablespoon table salt

To clean a mattress stain, apply mixture to stain and allow it to dry. Then with a rag that has been saturated with hydrogen peroxide, use a dabbing motion to help lift the stain off the mattress. 

What you don’t want to do is scrub the stain in any way – it will likely rub the stain further into the fibers of the mattress instead of lifting it out. For particularly difficult stains, a professional cleaning service or product may be needed.

While cleaning your mattress can be a bit of an endeavor, doing this seasonally will help prolong the life of your mattress.


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