How do i wash my mattress
How to clean your mattress
Climbing into bed and snuggling under freshly laundered sheets is one of life’s great pleasures.
However, while cleaning our sheets and bedding is something we do regularly (or should do at least!), cleaning our mattress can sometimes get forgotten about.
TEMPURlooks at the best ways to clean your mattress to help keep it fresh and make it last longer…
Why is it important to clean your mattress?
As we spend around eight hours a night sleeping on our mattress, it’s important we thoroughly clean them from time to time to ensure that we aren’t lying in dirt, or worse, lying with unwanted company.
Tiny, harmless insects such as dust mites live amongst us all and mattresses provide the perfect home for them. Cleaning your mattress will reduce the number of these, as well as removing stains that have accumulated over time.
Sweat, along with dirt, oils and chemicals from toiletries can all live on our mattress, duvet and covers. It’s important to keep bedding clean, including the mattress, as it will prolong the lifespan of the mattress.
If you DON’T have a TEMPUR mattress…
Cleaning your mattress is a multi-stage process and, while it may seem like a lot of work, it will be worth it in the long run:
- Strip the bed – remove all of your bedding and wash sheets and covers in hot water
- Vacuum your mattress – after removing all bedding, vacuum both sides of your mattress with the hose attachment to get rid of dust, mites and other dirt collected on the surface
- Remove stains – use a clean cloth to blot any stains and try to absorb the spill
- Vacuum your mattress with an attachment to remove any surface dirt such as hair
- Invest in a washable mattress protector – this will protect your mattress from any future damage
Another effective method is to steam your mattress, which provides a deep clean and is great for removing stains. However, be sure to let your mattress dry before putting the sheets back on.
If you DO have a TEMPUR mattress…
You’re lucky, as TEMPUR uses environmentally friendly bacterium reducing components, which prevent bacterial and fungal growth, so the mattress itself needs little maintenance.
Each TEMPUR mattress comes with a removable cover, and many of these are machine washable. Simply remove the cover and follow the instructions on the label. It’s usually recommended to wash at 60 degrees.
The mattress covers that are not machine washable are:
- Original Deluxe 22 and 27
- Cloud Deluxe 22 and 27
- Sensation Deluxe 22 and 27
If you have these mattress covers, air them regularly to help keep your mattress clean.
TheTEMPUR-FIT mattress protector, which is complementary with every mattress, is essential for those covers that cannot be washed and will help protect your mattress from spills.
However, the TEMPUR material cannot be washed, sponged or dry-cleaned.Avoid getting the mattress wet or damp to prolong its lifespan. If any liquid is spilled directly onto it, or onto a cover that cannot be washed, use towels to soak up as much as possible.
We also haveextensive advice on caring for your TEMPUR mattresson our site to help make the most of your mattress and prolong its life.
Do you have any tips on how to clean your mattress? How often do you do it? Let us know in the comments below…
How to Wash a Mattress Protector and Topper
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When it comes to protecting our mattress, using a mattress protector is a must. However, do you know how to wash a mattress protector and how often you need to?
Can You Wash a Mattress Protector?
First of all yes, you can definitely wash a mattress protector like you would your new set of sheets. That is the main reason for having one, since you are unable to wash your mattress.
While sleeping, we lose fluid, skin cells and any dirt on our bodies will rub off in the sheets. These tiny particles will push tough the fibers as we toss and turn, eventually making their way down and into the mattress.
Once inside of the mattress, it is almost impossible to pull it all back out, even with spot cleaning and vacuuming the top of your mattress.
Instead of having to worry about what’s falling through the cracks of your mattress and degrading its lifespan, opt to own and use a mattress protector.
A mattress protector is a thin fitted sheet that goes on your bare mattress and sits underneath your fitted and flat sheets. Most of the top rated mattress protectors are 100% waterproof and can hold more than a liter of liquid before you need to change it.
They are also engineered to be breathable through a cotton/terry blend that absorbs yet allows air to flow through so that you are not sweating due to the extra layer underneath you.
How to Wash a Mattress Protector
Whether you need to spot clean or completely launder your mattress protector then follow these steps to take care of spills, stains and regular refreshing.
If you catch spills or accidents in time, you can spot clean your mattress protector instead of having to wash it between scheduled washes.
The best way to be able to spot clean is to do it as soon as the accident occurs or as soon as you notice it. Putting off spot cleaning may result in set in stains or permanent yellowing of your mattress protector and needing to wash it instead.
- Use a paper towel to blot up the excess moisture. (A paper towel will pull most of the liquid out)
- Do not rub the area, this can damage the mattress protector fibers and spread the stain further.
- Mix a little mild detergent with water to make it thinner and pour it in a spray bottle. (always use a spray bottle for spot cleaning since it controls the flow and keeps you from over soaking a spot)
- Agitate the detergent a little with your fingers to help awaken it. (Again, don’t scrub or rub)
- Use a clean cloth dipped in water to blot up the detergent
- Dip the soapy cloth in clean water and squeeze out the excess and repeat until there is no more soap on the mattress protector.
- Follow up with using paper towels to blot out any excess moisture to help your mattress protector dry faster.
- Allow it to air dry by hanging it up.
- Once fully dried replace and continue to use
It is important to control how much water you are using to spot clean. You don’t want to over soak the area with detergent or water, this won’t clean it any better and will take a longer amount of time to dry.
Less is better, because you can always work up to using more if needed. You cannot work backwards from over soaking the area or adding too much soap.
Also spraying too much detergent or not watering it down a little can cause too much soap residue to get into the fibers and be difficult to remove it all. More soap does not mean cleaner, it just equals out to more work needed to rinse it.
You should strive to wash your mattress protector once a month. You can stretch it to once every two months if your sheets are changed regularly and you don’t have many spills or accidents.
Your mattress protector needs to be laundered regularly due to the buildup of dirt, dead skin cells, dust mites and odors. Washing your mattress protector will also restore the freshness of it to keep allergens under control.
- Set your washer to the cold water and gentle/delicate cycle.
- Add in a bleach free laundry detergent or a natural one you can create at home. (Bleach can damage the waterproof backing)
- Place your mattress protector in the washer with your sheets or alone.
- Let the washer run through the entire cycle and skip the fabric softener, this will reduce the absorbency of the mattress protector.
- For the best drying results hang up your mattress protector to dry. If you need it quicker then you can place it in the dry on a no heat or low heat setting. (place damp towels in with it to help dry and fluff it up.)
The best thing you need to remember about washing your mattress protector is that you need to avoid high heat settings. Similar to washing wool, and other sensitive materials, washing or drying with heat can damage the waterproof backing, shrink it and reduce it’s ability to protect your mattress.
Can You Wash a Mattress Topper?
If you have a mattress topper, it is a little different from a mattress protector. A mattress topper, sometimes referred to as a pad, is a padded cushion that fits on your mattress like a fitted sheet would.
The main difference between the two is that a topper is used to add a layer of cushion to your mattress where as a mattress protector adds little to no cushion and offers waterproof protection.
A good mattress pad will make your night’s sleep a lot better. It doesn’t provide any protection for your mattress though.
You can wash most mattress toppers. Cotton and polyester blends are able to washed and dried following the same instructions as above. Since it is a thicker version of a mattress protector it may need to be dried a little longer.
If you have a memory foam or egg crate mattress topper then you may not be able to wash it as easily. You can vacuum the top to pull out any debris or dust and spot clean as needed
Now that you know more about how to wash a mattress protector and the best schedule for taking care of it, you can begin to work it into your cleaning routine. Keeping your mattress protector clean and functioning will help extend the life of your mattress underneath since it is catch all of the daily wear and tear.
How to Clean a Mattress (and Why)
Tackling this five-step chore a couple times a year can help keep things fresh in the bedroom
You spend about a third of your life on your mattress. When was the last time you gave it a good, deep clean? The seldom-used living room sofa probably feels the bristle of a vacuum brush more often than your trusty mattress. It’s time to change that. Besides promoting a more pleasant and productive night’s sleep, a clean, cared for mattress can last longer—and it might even help prevent nasty, not to mention costly, pest infestations.
Back when most mattresses could be flipped over, the conventional wisdom was that you should turn it twice a year, and take that opportunity to clean it as well. These days, a lot of mattresses, including the pillow-top variety, can’t be turned because they have a proper top and bottom. But cleaning your mattress two times a year remains a good rule of thumb. (Check the mattress label for instructions since the manufacturer might recommend rotating the mattress head to foot to ensure even wear.)
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Start the cleaning process by stripping the mattress of all sheets and bedding and tossing the items in the wash. To remove tough stains, always use a Consumer Reports top-rated laundry detergent and the hottest water setting on your washing machine; dry on high heat as well to zap any surviving critters.
Next, vacuum the entire mattress surface with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Pay attention to seams and crevices, where dirt, dust, dead skin, and other icky stuff collect; switching to your vacuum’s crevice attachment can help get in deep.
Our tests have found that a normal vacuum cleaner provides capable cleaning, but if you’re fastidious, consider investing in the Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum, a $250 device designed specifically for the job. In a Consumer Reports at-home mattress test, we cleaned half of a foam Tempur-Pedic mattress with a top-rated canister vacuum and half with the Dyson handheld. The Dyson sucked up 3 grams of material, including dead skin cells that dust mites like to nosh on, compared with the 1 gram that our regular vacuum removed.
Once you’re finished vacuuming, check for stains and spot treat them with an appropriate cleaner. An upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet-odor remover can do the job on many bodily fluids. You can also try a simple solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent and 1 cup of warm water.
Next, deodorize the mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface. Especially if this is your first cleaning, don’t be afraid to empty an entire 1-pound box onto the mattress. For best results, leave the baking soda there for 24 hours. That means you might need to plan the project around an overnight trip—or be willing to sleep elsewhere in your home. If you can place the mattress near a window, the sunlight will add its sanitizing power.
After the baking soda has had a chance to tackle odors, go back over the mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. If you don’t already own a mattress cover, we recommend buying one. And adding a mattress pad between the cover and bottom sheet will help absorb moisture. Along with the periodic deep cleaning described here, these extra layers of protection will help prevent mites, fleas, and other pests from sharing your bed. That should really help you sleep tight.
It’s recommended to launder every 3-4 months to rejuvenate the foam.
- Wash cold or warm on regular cycle (not delicate).
- Use any detergent.
- Do not use fabric softener.
- Use extra spin cycles to lessen drying time.
Top Loading Machines
- Place 2 pillows in washer to balance. If only 1 pillow, balance with towels.
Front Loading Machines
- Wash pillow(s) with a full load of laundry.
- Tumble dry with high heat.
- No dryer balls or fabric softener.
- No dryer balls or dryer sheets.
- Machine wash warm with like colors.
- Tumble dry on low heat.
- Non-chlorine bleach.
- Iron on low.
- Do not dry clean.
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When you snuggle into your bed at night, you’re sleeping on more than a comfy mattress. We’re talking sweat, dust, dust mites and allergens all sharing the bed with you. That’s why it’s important to clean your mattress at least twice a year or, better yet, with the change of the seasons.
Home maintenance guru Bob Vila makes it simple with these four easy steps.
How to clean a mattress:
- Step 1: Vacuum
First strip the mattress of all bedding. Using the appliance attachment, vacuum the mattress, paying close attention to the seam line. That’s where most buildup settles. Vila recommends using a HEPA-rated vacuum because it has the most powerful suction abilities.
- Step 2: Spot clean
If you’re fond of snacking in bed, there will likely be oily stains from food spills. Remove them using a paste of baking soda, salt and water. Cover the stain with the paste, let it set for 30 minutes then brush it away. Wipe with a cloth dampened in cool water and dry with a hair dryer or a fan. For stains created by crayons, beverages, blood or urine, dab with a 50-50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Work into the stain using a soft toothbrush. Allow to dry for five minutes. Repeat as needed.
- Step 3: Deodorize
Sprinkle mattress top with baking soda. Let it sit for an hour, then vacuum up the baking soda.
- Step 4: Rotate or flip it
For one-sided mattresses, rotate the top of the mattress to the foot of the bed. For a two-sided mattress, get some help to flip the mattress entirely. Once flipped, sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum it up after an hour.