Did you know that the average person can sweat up to a pint a night on warm evenings? Shocking isn’t? There’s no wonder then that when a mattress gets dirty, it's a pain in the neck to clean. A well cared for mattress can last up to 10 years, so it’s worth putting in the extra groundwork to increase its longevity. Here are our tips on maintaining a mattress, and banishing set-in stains that just won’t budge.
1. Flip every six months
According to mattress experts, flipping a mattress at least once a year can increase its life span by around 5-6 years. As well as creating more even wear, this helps to prevent drooping and depressions in the bed.
2. Tackle the dust
Zap up dust by vacuuming your mattress every few months. This simple chore will go a long way in stopping dirt from mounting up, and can even help to nip allergies in the bud.
3. Use a mattress topper & mattress protector
As well as providing an extra layer of comfort, adding a mattress topper and mattress protector will create an extra barrier against dirt. This way, if you do happen to have an accidental spillage, the liquid is less likely to seep through. It also reduces the need for you to vacuum the mattress as frequently too.
4. Rotate your bed regularly
Most of us have a habit of sleeping on the same side of the bed each night. A mattress’s coil springs can often wear out after a while, so if you’re constantly resting on the same spot, you’re putting persistent pressure on the same set of springs. Rotating the bed on its head can help to resolve this issue by preventing the mattress from sagging, and also provides better support in the areas you need it most.
5. Change the sheets regularly
It goes without saying, but by changing your sheets on a regular basis, you’re tackling dirt at the very root. The general consensus is that bed sheets should be washed at least once a week. If it's the height of summer or you tend to sweat more than most, change your sheets twice a week.
6. Give your mattress breathing space
Use going away on holiday as an opportunity to strip the bed completely. By doing this you’ll be giving the mattress enough time to breathe and air out. The same applies for when you’re making the bed - try to hold off replacing it with fresh bedding straight away. Instead, strip off the duvet and sheets, open the windows to air the room out and make the bed later on.
How to deep clean your mattress
If your mattress is in desperate need of a deep clean and has gone way beyond the realms of regular repair, don’t fret, with a bit of elbow grease you should be able to get it clean. Here's how to get rid of stubborn marks.
- Combine one part baking soda with two parts cold water in a spray bottle to make a stain solution.
- Spritz the liquid on the area and blot with a soft cloth, take care not to get it too wet (moisture and mattresses don’t mix well). The number one rule to getting rid of mattress stains is to blot, never rub as this will spread the stain, making it ten times worse. Be careful not to get the interior padding too wet either as this can encourage mould growth.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes and then blot over it with a damp cold cloth to rinse out the absorbed solution.
- Use a towel to soak up the excess moisture.
If you find that baking soda isn’t working for you, white vinegar is another mattress miracle-worker. Combine one part white vinegar with two parts water in a bowl and use a damp cloth to blot. Dry with a towel and then sprinkle baking soda on top. Leave for 24 hours before vacuuming up the remains.
For more cleaning tips, check out our article: Bathroom cleaning hacks that might surprise you.