Once you’ve found the perfect twin, full, queen, king, or even California king-sized bed, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape. Whether you have an ultra-plush pillowtop, cushion firm, memory foam, gel foam, or anything in between, you can follow our mattress cleaning guide to get the most out of your Metro Mattress.
Why Clean Your Mattress?
Though you may not realize it, your mattress can accumulate dust, dirt, dead skin cells, and much more as it sits in your room. It is important to get in the habit of cleaning your mattress every six months or so, not only will it reduce allergens, but increase the longevity of your mattress. Cleaning a mattress is not as difficult as it sounds, keep reading to learn how.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Depending on if there is a recent stain, or if you’re just routinely cleaning your mattress, you may need different supplies. Keep in mind that the fabric on your mattress is fragile and nothing is completely removable once it is applied, so you should avoid using anything harsh. The supplies we recommend are:
- Cold Water
- Baking Soda
- Gentle Laundry Detergent
- Dish Soap
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Step 2: Vacuum the Mattress
Using a vacuum is the most effective way to remove dust and debris from your mattress. We recommend that you attach the upholstery attachment, and then thoroughly vacuum the surface and the sides of the mattress. Stretching the fabric can help remove any debris in the seams.
Step 3: Spot Clean as Needed
Once the debris is removed from the mattress, you can examine the mattress to see if there are any stains. If so, spot cleaning the mattress can help eliminate those. The cleaning solution that would be best depends on the type of stain on your mattress. For blood, sweat, urine, or other biological stains we recommend using an enzyme-based cleaning solution. Spot clean with the following method:
- Apply Enzyme-Based Cleaning Solution to a Towel
- Gently Dab the Stained Area with Cleaning Solution
- Dab the Stained Area with a Water-Soaked Cloth
- Repeat Until the Stain is Removed
While you're spot cleaning your mattress it is important to avoid soaking the mattress or using an excessive amount of cleaning solution.
Step 2: Apply Baking Soda to the Mattress
After the mattress is dry, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the surface of the mattress, which will help absorb moisture and eliminate any odors. Once the baking soda is applied, gently rub in the baking soda to help it bond with the fabric. We recommend letting the baking soda sit on the mattress for a few hours or overnight.
Step 5: Vacuum Thoroughly
Let the baking soda sit for a few hours before vacuuming the mattress again. Make sure to thoroughly inspect the seams and crevices of the mattress to ensure there is no remaining baking soda.
Step 6: Flip and Repeat
Once you have one side of your mattress clean, it is important to do the other. Simply flip your mattress over and repeat steps 2 through 5 on the other side.
What causes yellow stains on my mattress?
Yellow stains are most commonly caused by urine, sweat, food preservatives, and other bodily fluids.
What is an enzyme-based cleaning solution?
An enzyme-based cleaning solution uses enzymes in the formula to help break down stains.
Do you clean all mattresses the same way?
Yes, most mattresses should be cleaned the same way.
How often should I clean my mattress?
You should clean your mattress every 6 months.
How can I protect my mattress?
We always recommend that you get a mattress protector to help prevent the buildup of dust, allergens, and stains. Regularly washing your bed sheets and avoiding eating or drinking in your bed will also safeguard your mattress.