How to clean a mattress

How to clean a mattress

Have you ever considered the importance of keeping your mattress clean for your health? According to experts it is advisable to change mattresses every ten years, but this will depend to a large extent on the quality of the mattress and the maintenance you make of it.

But why is the hygiene of your mattress so important? Think that if you don’t clean it properly, up to a hundred million mites, bacteria and fungi can infect you, greatly affecting your health.

You knew that…
The presence of mites is responsible for many allergies, skin problems, headache, red eyes and tearing, which can seriously impair your rest.

If you want to keep your mattress clean, free of stains and undesirable bugs, don’t miss the tips and tricks we leave you below. It’s much easier than it looks and your health and rest will thank you very much.


General hygiene tips and recommendations

Should I make the bed every morning? Well, although sometimes I can laziness, the answer is yes, but with some nuances.

According to a recent kingston University study, it’s best not to make the bed immediately after getting up. It is advisable to wait at least two hours for it.

Other important practices to ensure the hygiene of your mattress are to open the windows before making the bed – allowing clean air to enter the room and preventing the proliferation of mites – shaking sheets and pillows when making the bed and changing sheets frequently (every 1-2 weeks).

Mites are microscopic-sized aacnides that feed, among others, on the dead cells of our skin. These bugs proliferate with gusto in warm environments and with some humidity. That’s why your bed is a paradise for these tiny animals.

Keep in mind that even if you change sheets regularly, mites stay on the mattress from where they can easily get through the sheets, putting your health at risk.

In addition to preventing them from proliferating, it is important to eliminate the remains of dead mites, as their remains are also able to cause us allergies.

Hygienize the mattress monthly aspiration will allow you to eliminate those remains of dead mites left in it, helping you to have a much cleaner and healthier resting space.


Daily practices

  • Open the windows before making the bed
  • Ventilate the room for at least 2 hours
  • Making the bed, shaking sheets and pillows

Weekly internships

  • Changing the sheets
  • Check the surface of the mattress for stains to remove

Monthly internships

  • Hygienize the mattress by suction

To keep your mattress in perfect condition it is important to remove any stains you may have.

Let’s see what are the best natural products you can use for this purpose, and then we’ll show you how to use them for each type of stain.


When cleaning the mattress, try to do so in the morning and leave the mattress drying with the well-ventilated room throughout the day. This will prevent moisture or odors from being left from the products used.

Water and lemon

One of the most commonly used is the mixture of water and lemon, which is ideal for cleaning stains such as urine, sweat or vomiting. It is very easy to prepare as well as its application.


It is a product that can be very useful for cleaning your mattress. It allows to eliminate moisture, deodorize and eliminate various types of bacteria and annoying mites. It is very economical and effective, so it is a safe bet.

White vinegar

It is one of the most effective products to clean the mattress. It is especially effective against urine stains and sweat. Don’t worry, after a few hours the smell of vinegar disappears.

Oxygenated water

Ideal to get rid of one of the most complicated stains to remove: dry blood.


If after trying the natural products we have mentioned you do not get the results you expected you can resort to the use of detergents. It is better to use liquid detergent.

Simply wet a cloth and once it’s wet spray it with a little detergent. With this cloth rub the stain you want to remove. Rinse the area with water and let it dry well before making the bed.

Other products

There are much more aggressive products for the removal of certain stains, such as solvents.

But be very careful: the use of these products can be harmful to your health and, if not done with proper precautions, could damage the mattress.


How to clean the mattress according to the type of stain

Urine stains, sweat, blood, moisture and vomiting are some of the most common spots you can find on your mattress. Here’s how you can easily remove them with homemade products.


The most effective homemade product for these stains is baking soda.

How to use it:

  1. Place in the stained area the amount equivalent of a cup full of baking soda with a little water.
  2. Cover the mattress with a large plastic and let it work for six to eight hours.
  3. After this time, remove the plastic and suck in the baking soda.

Another solution for this type of stain is the mixture of water with lemon. In addition to helping to remove stains from the mattress you will also remove odors.

How to use it:

  1. Boil a liter of water with the juice of a lemon.
  2. Once the mixture is prepared, it is sprayed and left to act until it dries.
Foolproof trick
Use two parts bicarbonate, two parts white vinegar and a part detergent to apply to the urination, in a few hours the stain will be gone.


In this case the product that can best help you remove these stains from the mattress is white vinegar.

How to use it:

  1. To apply it comfortably place the vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. Spread the vinegar over the mattress and leave to act for about five minutes.
  3. Then sprinkle baking soda.
  4. Wait for the mixture to stop showing effervescence and dry out.
  5. Remove product waste with the vacuum cleaner.

If you find the smell of vinegar strong (remember that after a few hours the smell disappears), you can use the mixture of water and lemon explained in the previous point.

For persistent stains you can use boric acid or oxygenated water,but be careful as oxygenated water has bleaching effect that can damage your mattress.

If you decide to use oxygenated water to remove the stain, first use it in a small, in-visible area to make sure it doesn’t damage the mattress.



Among the different formulas that you can use to clean blood stains from a mattress the best is to use a bleach as oxygenated water,since it breaks it down.

How to use it:

  1. All you need is a cloth or cotton soaked with oxygenated water.
  2. Rub the stain for a few minutes.
  3. Leave on until the mattress dry (no need to clear).
Remember that oxygenated water has bleaching power, so if your mattress has colors, it’s best to try it first in a small, discreet area to make sure you don’t eat the color.


Bicarbonate is very effective at removing moisture as it has drying, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

How to use it:

  1. In a plastic container, add 250 grams of baking soda with 5 drops of tea tree essential oil, one of the best natural disinfectants.
  2. Spread the mixture over the mattress leaving it to act for an hour.
  3. Vacuum the debris attached to the baking soda with the help of your vacuum cleaner.
You can enhance the action of baking soda by mixing it with oxygenated water.


Vomiting can be difficult to remove, especially if it has dried. To eliminate these stains, white vinegar is ideally mixed with warm water and liquid soap.

Another good alternative is the aforementioned mixture of water and lemon.

If you can’t remove the stain with either option, you can try an enzyme cleaner that you can find in any drugstore or supermarket. Enzymes dissolve the stain and make it easier to remove from the mattress.


How to remove odors from the mattress

Bad smells on the mattress can be very unpleasant making rest difficult.

White vinegar has the right acidity to neutralize the bad smell of the tissue being highly recommended for an odor removal treatment.

To use the vinegar you will simply have to use a damp cloth with vinegar to rub the stained area.

Another home remedy, easy and economical is bicarbonate as it has great antibacterial and hygienic power. You can see how to apply it in the previous section.

Another good way to eliminate odors is essential oils. Mix with baking soda and apply for a clean, flavoured mattress.

And which essential oil is best? Well, it depends, fundamentally, on your preferences. Choose one with a pleasant smell for you. I like lavender for its relaxing properties.

Mattress maintenance

To keep your mattress in optimal condition for your health and rest, you should:

Clean it at least once a month. How? Vacuuming on both sides of the mattress to remove dust and mites.

 It is essential to remove any stains at the time it occurs to prevent it from embedding and making it more difficult to remove.

Do a deep cleaning of the mattress once or twice a year.

Turn the mattress over and rotate it to avoid deformation. You’ll have to do it every three-six months.

There are mattresses that only have a resting position. It is recommended that you make sure that your mattress should be rotated or not.

Extra trick to keep your mattress clean

As they say, the best way to avoid something is to prevent it. Therefore, one of the best solutions to protect your mattress is to use a cover or mattress cover.

This way, you’ll avoid staining and it’s much easier to clean and remove stains, as you can put the cover in the washing machine.

In the market you can find various types that suit your tastes and needs.

Without a doubt, it’s the easiest way to keep your place of rest.

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