How To Disinfect A Mattress Like A Pro (Complete Guide)

How To Disinfect A Mattress Like A Pro

How To Disinfect A Mattress Like A Pro? Did you know that the average human spends at least 1/3 or 33.3% of their life either sleeping or trying to sleep? And if your bedroom has a scenic view, with a king-size bed and a soft and cozy mattress, chances are that you even exceed the 33.3% mark.

Did you also know that humans lose almost half a billion skin cells and 50-100 strands in a day?

So given the amount of time you spend laying on your mattress and the number of skin cells and hair you lose in a day, it’s only right that you know how to clean and disinfect it properly. So, if you are looking for tips on how to disinfect your mattress, then read on as I got you covered with a step-by-step guide detailing how to go about this essential process.

And if you can’t help but ask, why should you clean and disinfect your mattress, and what are the risks of not disinfecting and cleaning your mattress? Please ensure that you read to the end of the article as I will provide you with 100% factual answers to these 2 questions.

Tips on how to disinfect a mattress like a pro

#1. Clear everything from the bed

Start by removing everything on your bed and near your bed. Doing this helps create an accident-free area and provides you with an uninterrupted cleaning area.

#2. Remove all your beddings and mattress covers

Gently remove all your beddings and mattress covers to gain access to your mattress. Ensure that you clean your bedding and mattress covers. Doing so will prevent reintroducing dirt to your disinfected and cleaned mattress.

#3. Vacuum the mattress

Vacuum the edges, cracks, and piping of your mattress. To effectively get rid of any dust and debris from your mattress, repeatedly vacuum the top of your mattress with a wide brush attachment vacuum. Remember to use the long upholstery nozzle to eliminate dirt and debris that may be embedded on your mattress’s edges, sides, and corners.

#4. Spot clean all the stains on your mattress

Spot clean all the stains on your mattress. Below are some of the cleaning solutions you can use to clean different stains;

  • To get rid of food stains on your mattress, consider using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and a mild liquid dish soap
  • To quickly clean biological stains such as blood, urine, vomit, and sweat, consider using an enzyme cleaner
  • To clean oil or grease stains on your mattress, consider using a solution made of hydrogen peroxide and a mild liquid dish soap

#5. Deodorize your mattress by using a mixture of baking soda and essential oils or baking soda alone

Get rid of any odors in your mattress by using a mixture of baking soda and essential oils. If you dislike using essential oils, you can use baking soda alone to deodorize your mattress. Below are the steps to follow;

  • In a clean bowl, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Pour 5 drops of odor-removing essential oils (such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree, lemongrass, and peppermint) into the bowl containing baking soda
  • Stir the mixture for 2 minutes before evenly sprinkling it on the mattress
  • Let the mixture sit for 20-30 minutes on your mattress before vacuuming the mattress again

Baking soda not only eliminates odors but also absorbs water. So, the more you leave it on your mattress, the more effective it will be.

#6. Air dry your mattress

After completing all the above steps, air dry your mattress by taking it outside and placing it in a flat, clean, and dry place. Do this for an hour. Don’t exceed this time limit, especially during hot seasons, since doing so may damage your mattress’s foam, thus consequently voiding any warranty and decreasing its shelf life.

Bonus tips; When cleaning and disinfecting your mattress, please never do the following things;

  • Never use a vacuum beater bar to clean your mattress. By using a beater, you not only risk damaging your mattress’ fabric, but you all push more dirt and dust into your mattress
  • Never disinfect or clean your mattress in a multipurpose dry cleaner. If you feel that you need to clean and disinfect your mattress with a dry cleaner, please make sure that you do it with a dry cleaner that’s explicitly designed to clean and disinfect mattresses
  • Never soak your mattress in water or a cleaning solution
  • Never use harsh chemicals to disinfect your mattress

Reasons why you should disinfect your mattress

How To Disinfect A Mattress Like A Pro

The following are some of the reasons why you should disinfect your mattress;

  • It helps reduce, if not prevent, allergic attacks triggered by dust, dirt, and pet dander that may accumulate on your mattress
  • It aids in enhancing good health through quality sleep
  • It increases your mattress’ shelf life
  • It helps enhance your room’s air quality
  • It helps prevent the build-up of mattress’ odors

What are the risks of not cleaning and disinfecting your mattress?

How To Disinfect A Mattress Like A Pro

By not cleaning and disinfecting your mattress regularly, you risk having the following problems;

#1. Bedbug and dust mites’ infestation

Bedbugs are minute reddish-brownish insects that predominantly feed on animal or human blood. These itch-causing insects are known to thrive in humid conditions, something that mattresses seem to ace at providing.

Since bedbugs can stay for a year without feeding, it can be pretty challenging to detect their presence if you don’t regularly disinfect and clean your mattress. This, in turn, may lead to a bed bug infestation.

Dust mites, on the other hand, feed on dead skin, pet dander, and flakes. Failure to get rid of ‘dust mites food’ through disinfecting your mattress may cause you to have a dust mites infestation.

#2. Frequent allergic attacks

Dust, dirt, and pet dander are the common allergens known to elicit an allergic attack. All these allergens are likely to be found in a mattress that’s not routinely cleaned and disinfected.

#3. Growth of disease-causing microorganisms

Disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi thrive in warm and moist environments or conditions. An environment that dirty mattresses provide with a lot of ease.

#4. Reduced quality of sleep

A mattress that’s not routinely disinfected and cleaned predisposes one to get allergic attacks, itchy skin and being bitten by bugs. All these make it impossible for one to get quality sleep.

How often should I clean and disinfect the mattress?

According to experts, it’s essential that you clean and disinfects your mattress at least once after every 6 months if you live alone. If you have small kids or pets who frequently lie on your mattress, then you should disinfect and clean it at least once every 1 or 2 months.

Key takeaway

Improved sleep quality, reduced allergic attacks, increased mattress longevity, and enhanced air quality are some of the benefits you get to enjoy by disinfecting your mattress once after every 6 months or once after 1 or 2 months if you have kids or pets that frequently lay on your mattress.

Failure to disinfect and clean your mattress regularly predisposes you to the following risks; Bed bug and dust mite infestation, reduced sleep quality, repeated and increased allergic attacks, and growth of disease-causing microorganisms in your mattress.

We hope you enjoyed and learned something from this article How To Disinfect A Mattress Like A Pro! Good luck!

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