Simple Tips to Keep Your Mattress Clean


You might think that you only need to clean your mattress when you’ve spilled something or some other accident has occurred. However, you may find that regular mattress maintenance can be massively beneficial. It can cut down on allergens, extend the lifespan of your mattress, and even help you sleep better.

A clean mattress is an underrated luxury, but it can create a subtle difference in the quality of your sleep. It can keep it from smelling musty, free of pests, and ensure it stays comfortable for longer. You don’t have to totally wash your mattress to get it clean, either; just a few simple maintenance tricks can keep your mattress clean and fresh as a daisy.

Use a Mattress Protector

One of the simplest and easiest ways to keep your mattress clean is to use a mattress protector. This is your best line of defense not just against big messes like spills, but the grime and dirt that comes just from a bed being slept in. As we sleep we naturally sweat and shed skin and hair. Even the pollutants that cling to our skin as we go about our daily lives can seep into our mattresses. Therefore, it’s important to have a mattress protector as a shield between us and the upholstery.

Mattress protectors are great because they’re easy to clean, with most able to just be thrown into the washing machine. You’ll find it as simple as changing your sheets so it’s easy to add to your regular routine when you change your bedding.

Female airing out bed sheets

Regularly Vacuum Your Mattress

Even if you have a great mattress protector, you should still make vacuuming your mattress part of your regular cleaning routine. Dust, spores, and bacteria can get into all kinds of nooks and crannies, so it’s important to not just assume your mattress is clean. Regularly vacuuming can also ensure that your mattress doesn’t look like an inviting habitat to mold, dust mites, or bed bugs.

While opinions vary on how often you should vacuum your mattress, a good rule of thumb is at least during your seasonal cleanings. So try to pull out the upholstery attachment on your vacuum and go over your mattress once every summer, fall, winter, and spring. You’ll find your room feeling fresher and sleep coming easier.

Flip Your Mattress

Flipping your mattress doesn’t just keep it clean – it can make your bed more comfortable, too! The more you use your bed, the more strain you put on it, especially if multiple people sleep in the same spots every night. This can cause it to develop divots or lumps. However, whether your mattress uses wire springs for support or talalay latex, flipping your mattress can give the spots you regularly sleep on time to decompress. With this simple step, your mattress may even feel brand-new to you.

Don’t stress about cleaning your mattress; with these simple tricks, you’ll have a bed that’s more comfortable than ever. Avoid allergens, must, insects, and add mattress maintenance to your regular cleaning routine for the best night’s sleep.


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