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Clean a Mattress


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We all like to get our sleep, and rely on our mattresses to provide us with a clean comfy place to nap. What happens when your mattress gets dirty? How do you prevent dust mites and other allergens from interfering with your rest? What routine maintenance does a mattress need?
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Every six months, flip your mattress over.

    To provide even wear, flip the mattress so that the top is now on the bottom, and turn it so that the foot of the mattress is now at the head. Depending on the size of your mattress, this can easily be a two person job.

  2. Cover the mattress, to protect it and extend time between cleanings

    Consider purchasing a mattress cover to protect the surface of your mattress. Choose a washable cover that is easy to remove and replace on your mattress. Some covers are even designed to reduce dust mite allergies, and reduce the need to vacuum your mattress.

  3. Remove dust from the mattress surface.

    Dust, dander, and dust mites build up in your mattress. Even those of us without allergies can begin to notice dust and dirt in our mattress. Vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If someone does have allergies in your home, you may need to vacuum more frequently and/or purchase mattress covers.

  4. If the mattress surface becomes dirty or soiled, use an upholstery shampoo.

    Following the directions exactly, use an upholstery shampoo to clean dirt and soil from your mattress surface. Or, mix a mild detergent with water until suds form. Apply the dry suds only to the soiled area using a sponge. Wipe the area with a sponge that has had warm water wrung from it. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.


  1. Do not allow the interior padding of the mattress to get wet.
  2. If it's warm outside, you can dry a mattress quickly outside. You can also use a fan blowing across the mattress surface to insure that it dries quickly.

What You Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment
  • Upholstery shampoo
  • Mattress cover
  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Sponges
  • Fan
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