Our mattresses should be cleaned at least once every six months. It’s not pleasant to think about, but our mattresses are a gathering place for bacteria, mold, viruses, dust mites, and their excrement. Our dead skin cells are absorbed into our mattresses and bedding as well. So now that you are afraid to go to sleep tonight, what’s a person to do?
When it comes time to clean your mattress, just like your carpets, it’s time to call in the pros. They have professional-level cleaning tools and treatments available to get the job done quickly and easily. The two main options when having your mattress cleaned are hot water extraction and dry chemical extraction.
Dry cleaning is recommended by the pros and does not use any harsh chemicals to complete the process. With dry extraction, your mattress is first exposed to high-frequency vibrations to loosen all of the particles trapped inside the mattress. This makes it easier to extract using a professional-grade vacuum.
Immediately following the vacuuming, your mattress is exposed to germicidal UV radiation that is heavily concentrated. This treatment ensures that all of the mold, spores, and bacteria are killed. Following the UV treatment, your mattress is sprayed with either an organic citrus spray or a non-toxic, anti-bacterial treatment.
Hot water extraction is similar to old-style carpet cleaning. Your mattress is sprayed with boiling water and anti-bacterial soap, which is then immediately vacuumed up to prevent saturation. The mattress will need a few hours to dry before you can sleep on it. Because the dry cleaning method doesn’t use any chemicals, it’s probably the best way to go, as your mattress is ready for use immediately following the treatment.
Some do-it-yourself options are to use hot water and a scrub brush and work the suds into your mattress. You can use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up all of the water afterward as best as you can. After a detailed cleaning, you can set your mattress in the sun to dry. Be sure to elevate the mattress off of the ground with a box so that you do not attract pests.
If you have mold on your mattress, you can treat and re-treat as needed with vinegar and then set in the sun to dry. The sun will help kill the mold, as well as dry the mattress.
Regardless of your method, be sure to clean your mattress at least twice per year to maintain maximum health.