How to Clean a Mattress: A Step-Wise Guide


Cleaning your bedding has the same importance as choosing new bedding. For good sleep, clean, good quality bedding is necessary. It is also important to maintain your hygiene. From the different bedding items, the mattress is relatively tougher to clean, and often it is ignored for washing.

If you face those same problems then, the following steps will help to clean your mattress and to maintain hygiene with a deep, pleasant sleep:-

Equipment required for cleaning

  • Vacuum cleaner (with attachments)
  • A spray bottle
  • A bowl
  • A set of rags for cleaning
  • Spoons and cups for measuring

Materials required for cleaning

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide ( 3% concentration )
  • Ice cold water
  • White powdered laundry detergent – ( to remove wine or vomit stains )
  • Table salt – (to clean blood stains on mattresses)

Proper steps to clean a mattress:

Every individual has their process of cleaning their beds. Let’s look into the points we should check while cleaning and how to properly clean a mattress.

Step 1: Take all the bedding off your bed.

Remove all blankets and sheets from your bed before you start washing them. Don’t forget to wash the covered fabric mattress and pillowcases.

Step 2: Freshen Up Your Mattress

Deodorize your mattress to kill the odor and harmful microorganisms. You can use baking soda which is a natural deodorizer.

Step 3: Vacuum your mattress

Once you deodorize your mattress, it is most important to vacuum your mattress. You can do this with the upholstery attachment. A rolling brush attachment should not be used since it can catch on the mattress surface and cause harm to them.

Step 4: Clean mattress stain

It is very important to be cautious when you are cleaning any stain on the mattress. If you are required to clean a specific area, don’t use water or detergent because they damp the mattresses and cause mold. Make sure you finish one stain before going to the other. It will be best if you remove all yellowed pee stains from your mattress before dealing with blood stains or rusty brown regions.

Step 5: Flip it and do the same

If you have cleaned one side following these steps, then you can flip it over and do the same process. And you will notice that the underside of your mattress usually doesn’t catch a stain. So it may not be necessary to make it stain-free.

Step 6: Ensure the protection of your mattress

When you are finished cleaning, cover your mattress with a mattress cover. This cover will protect your mattress from getting any deep stain. You also can wash the cover once a month.

How to remove different types of stain :

Urine stain:- To remove urine stain you need baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and rags. Make a mixture of liquid detergent and baking soda, then apply this mixture to the affected area. A hydrogen peroxide solution is recommended for old stains.

Sweat stain:- Sweat could be the cause of the off-white and slightly yellow spots on your mattress. The stains are formed by the oils on your skin. And not merely the salt and moisture from your body. After spraying with hydrogen peroxide, allow the air to dry. To completely remove those stains, vacuum the surface of the bed using an upholstery brush attachment or a handheld vacuum cleaner.

Bloodstain:- A bloodstain is relatively tougher to clean than any other stain. To remove the bloodstain, you can make a paste of baking soda and cold water and apply it to the stain for 30 min. After 30 min you can remove it with a rag.

Memory foam mattresses can be cleaned with some homemade items.

1) Using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and salt.

Mixing table salt with hydrogen peroxide can be one of the best remedies to remove the stain on your mattress. Applying it as a paste on the blemish and then scraping it off. And lastly using water to clean the area and work like magic to remove the stains.

2) Using Vinegar and Baking soda

Baking soda is a bad odor remover. If you have a bad-smelling mattress, then sprinkling a small amount on the smelly mattress can do the job. Using a vinegar and water mix can also get rid of the bad odor. But you should vacuum or dry the area with air and dabbing the excess liquid out to avoid dampness.

3) Using Meat Tenderizer

Meat tenderizers work like magic to make your mattress spotless.  Mixing it with water and applying it to the mattress not only removes the stains but also makes your mattress look as clean and beautiful as before. Just remember to set it for an hour and use a wet cloth to remove it.

4) Using a mix of Baking soda and essential oils

Essential oils are used to make many makeup products smell pleasant. Mixing it with baking soda and applying it on the smelling mattresses can be the best remedy to remove all the bad odors on your mattress.

Some additional points to clean your mattresses

1) Accidental spill on your mattress should be removed right away to avoid stains and bad odors.

2 ) Microbes grow on bedsheets used for several days. So remove them twice a week.

3) Don’t sit on one side of the mattress forever. Flip the mattress once every three months.

4) Use protective covers on your mattresses. This avoids the formation of stains.

5) Washing the duvet is not a difficult task at all and can simply be done with the help of mild detergent and setting the washer to a delicate cycle to achieve the best of results. They also can be dry-cleaned.


When your bedding requires a cleansing session to remove the stains and bad odors, don’t avoid it as it can lead to the growth of microorganisms. These can harm your body. So whenever there is accidental spillage then immediately remove it. If you cannot remove the bedding right away to give it to the cleaner.  Then use the household supplies and clean the stain.

Following the above steps would help you achieve a healthy lifestyle and grab a good night’s sleep.

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