A clean mattress is critical for a good night’s sleep. You know how tough it can be to keep your mattress clean if you have kids or the elderly urinating on it. What about sweating stains that are common in hot and humid weather?
Don’t worry; this article discusses the easiest and most effective way to steam clean a mattress to remove urine and sweat stains.
How to Prep Your Mattress for Cleaning?
Once you notice stains of urine or sweat on your mattress, it is high time to clean it thoroughly. To do that, you need to prep your mattress first by following these few steps:
1) Remove the bedding
Remove the bedding, including sheets and pillows, and throw the sheets in the washing machine. Wash the pillow covers as well because they can contain a lot of bacteria after daily usage.
2) Sprinkle baking soda
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the mattress. It will eliminate the bad odor and moisture of urine, sweat, and other dirty spots. Let it sit for 45-60 minutes.
3) Vacuum the mattress
Vacuum the mattress to remove baking soda, dust and debris.
Common question: Can you use a Carpet Cleaner on a Mattress?
- Add water and heat up the machine.
- Clean the mattress by running the steamer from top to bottom in vertical direction. Don’t keep the steamer at one point for too long. Make repeated passes if the stains don’t come off.
- Let the mattress dry for almost 3 to 4 hours.
- Put on clean sheets and pillow covers before using your mattress again.
It is recommended to steam clean your mattress every 3-4 months to eliminate bacteria, odors, and stains. However, you can do it sooner if there are visible stains and marks from urine, sweat, and dirt. You cough at night or when sitting on the mattress; the mattress smells bad, or it’s been too long since you cleaned your mattress.
Check the instructions label to see if steam cleaning is allowed. Make sure you use a medium heat setting with light cleaning for a memory foam mattress. The polyurethane in mattresses is sensitive to high pressure and temperature.
Yes. Your house iron will also clean your mattress. You will need to place a wet towel (white to avoid coloration) on the towel before ironing.
- Use low-medium settings on your steam cleaner.
- Test on a small portion to ensure that steam doesn’t damage your mattress.
- Clean in passes; avoid steaming one spot for too long.