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6 Pro Tips on How to Deep Clean a Mattress

by Angela Maple

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Why Do You Need to Clean Your Mattress?

How Often Should You Clean a Mattress?

How to Clean a Mattress

How to Deep Clean a Mattress with Homemade Mattress Stain Removers

How to Clean Stains from a Mattress

How to Protect a Mattress>


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We’ve all had nights where we’ve had a snack or a glass of wine in bed only to stain your mattress with red wine and crumbs. Food and drink stains, as well as pet dander (if you sleep with Fluffy at night), have joined the ranks of unpleasant particles that have settled into your normally clean mattress, such as dust, sweat, dead skin, body oils, and grime. Who wants to spend one-third of their lives sleeping on that? But all is not lost — a stained mattress does not immediately mean you need a mattress replacement. Once you know how to deep clean a mattress, it will be simple to restore it to near-original appearance and freshness.

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In this blog, our Mattress Land specialists will teach you why you should clean your mattress, how to deep clean a mattress, how to remove any mattress stain, and much more.

Reasons to Clean a Mattress

Cleaning a mattress is unquestionably useful, but you must first recognize that your mattress requires cleaning and why you should do so.

  • The dirt and dust from the windows and door follow. At some point during the day, you leave the windows open. That's when everything comes together. Then you dust the room, and the dust is drawn to the mattress.
  • If you have allergies or a skin condition, you should clean your mattress on a regular basis, because leaving it dirty will only irritate your condition.
  • Debris, mites, and microscopic insects such as bed bugs are everywhere and must be removed on a regular basis.
  •  Sleeping without washing yourself and having sweat all over your mattress — disgusting, right? However, this is what most individuals do when they are tired. Sweat, dead skin, grime, and other contaminants become trapped on your mattress, which is why you must understand how to clean a mattress.

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How Often Should You Clean Your Mattress?

The frequency at which a mattress should be cleaned is entirely dependent on its usage. If you use the mattress frequently, it should be cleaned every six months or so. If you spill something or there is a stain, immediately wash it as described in the how to clean a mattress step below.

How to Clean a Mattress


Now that you know why you should clean your mattress, let's get started on the best way to clean a mattress!

Step 1: Gather all your mattress cleaning supplies

To answer your question regarding how to deep clean a mattress, we have listed all the things you need for mattress cleaning below:

  • A vacuum comprising an upholstery attachment
  • A mattress cleaner like an enzyme cleaner or dish soap to kick out the stains
  • Laundry detergent
  • Baking soda
  • A cleaning cloth
  • Cold water

Step 2: Strip the Bed of the Bedding Essentials

Do you know one of the advantages of washing a mattress? Your bed linens, pillowcases, mattress coverings, and other accessories are also subjected to a wild journey in the washing machine. This eliminates the need for you to clean them individually.

As a result, strip them all and place them in the washing machine with hot water to remove all dust, grime, and mites. And for pillows, you should wash them after reading the care directions.

Step 3: Vacuum the Mattress

It's time to vacuum the mattress! Start by running your vacuum cleaner's upholstery attachment all over the mattress, including the sides. To thoroughly clean the mattress, concentrate on the seams and use the crevice attachment to suck in any dirt or debris encountered.

Step 4: Spot Clean your Mattress with Stain Removal

Do not soak your mattress in water or clean it immediately. In fact, some materials like memory foam mattresses should not be soaked at all. The first key phrase to remember when it comes to cleaning stains from mattresses is that less is more! As a result, selecting a stain remover is the most secure method of eliminating stains. You must now inspect the fabric of your mattress as well as the stain type.

If the stain is biological, use an enzyme cleaner. First, dab the stain on the mattress using a white cloth that has been stained with the cleanser. After that, soak another clean towel in cold water and wipe until the stain is gone. The goal is to keep as much moisture and product out as possible. This method is ideal for biological stains such as blood, urine, sweat, and so on.

Step 5: Sprinkle Baking Soda All Over the Mattress

It is possible that your home does not receive enough sunlight or air. Not to worry, simply sprinkle baking soda over the mattress and let it out for several hours. The easiest way to get rid of the baking soda is to leave it on overnight.

By breaking down the acid, the baking soda will absorb all of the moisture. The longer you can leave the baking soda on, the better. While the baking soda is at work, open the window to let some sunshine in since UV rays from the sun will destroy the germs, dust, mites, and other pests.

Step 6: Vacuum Thoroughly

Once the baking soda has worked its magic, begin cleaning the entire area. If you have a fabric headboard, now is the time to vacuum it.

Step 7: Flip the Mattress & Repeat

When one side is finished, turn the mattress and continue the process. Even if you do not thoroughly clean your mattress, it is advised that you flip it once every three months if your mattress is double sided only.

Step 8: Protect the Mattress

Once the mattress has dried completely, cover it with a mattress protector. This product will make your future cleaning much easier.

Step 9: Guard it with Fitting Sheets

The next step is to protect your mattress by using fitted sheets to keep dust at bay. Furthermore, covering mattresses and box springs reduces dust mites.

How to Clean Stains from a Mattress


The following are some methods for cleaning a mattress from common stains:

Pee Stains 

To remove urine stains out of a mattress — both fresh and old — make a mixture of three tablespoons of baking soda, eight ounces of hydrogen peroxide, and a small amount of liquid dish soap into a bowl. Start by dripping a rag into the mixture and then dabbing it onto the stain; don’t completely drench the stain spot. Then, switch to a clean cloth and blot the moisture. Next, change the rag if needed while dabbing to always use a fresh one. Once done, cover the area with a cloth dampened in cold water and let it dry. 

Sweat Stains 

To remove yellowish sweat stains from a mattress, softly spray the area with three percent hydrogen peroxide, but do not soak it. The peroxide will evaporate, taking everything with it. 

Yellow Stains 

Spray hydrogen peroxide over a yellow stained mattress to clean it. Then, using moist clothing or a gloved hand, clean the stain in a circular motion. Then, using a dry towel, wipe away any residual peroxide.

How to Deep Clean a Mattress with Homemade Mattress Stain Removers

Making your own mattress stain remover is a rather simple technique for cleaning a mattress. For biological stains, instead of enzyme cleansers, combine dish soap with water and apply the sponge to the stain. You may also produce a solution using cold water and hydrogen peroxide. 

  • For Spot Cleaning

Use one cup of vinegar and one to two cups of warm water for spot cleaning.

  • How to Clean a Mattress with Baking Soda

If the water-vinegar solution isn’t enough, use baking soda. Allow it to rest for an hour after sprinkling it on the mattress.

  • How to Deep Clean a Mattress with an All-Purpose Stain Remover
    All-purpose stain remover typically contains two teaspoons baking soda, two tablespoons Borax, four tablespoons white vinegar, and water. Apply it and allow it to spread and set on your mattress.

When a Mattress is too Dirty to Clean

A mattress can be an expensive item to replace but unfortunately there are some instances where is too messy and needs to be replaced. For example:

  • Beds infested with bed bugs
  • Memory foam mattress that got too wet and are now lumpy
  • Mattresses that got wet and became moldy
  • Mattresses where someone may have gotten sick and lost their lunch

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How to Protect a Mattress

Following the tips we provided below, you can preserve your mattress’ spotless appearance once you’ve given it a thorough cleaning. These recommendations aren't required, but they may significantly assist keep your sleeping space tidy.

  • Get a Mattress Protector — We cannot emphasize how important mattress protectors are. They are reasonably priced (about $50-$100), can be obtained online or in stores, and go a great way toward keeping your mattress clean. Furthermore, most protectors are waterproof, so if you spill something, your protection will protect you.
  • Wash Your Bedding Once a Week — Your bedsheets should be washed once a week since they can harbor a lot of bacteria. All the gross dust mites and bacteria that could dwell in your bedding are far less likely to transfer to your mattress if you keep your sheets and pillows clean.


We attempted to cover everything there is to know about how to thoroughly clean a mattress, but we know we may have left something out. So, here are some of the commonly asked questions we receive from consumers like you who want to learn more about how to deep clean a mattress.

Q:How to clean a memory foam mattress?

To clean your memory foam mattress at home, follow these easy steps:

  1. Check the care instructions for the best way to clean a mattress recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Wash your mattress protector and dry it completely before putting it back on your bed.
  3. Clean stains with laundry detergent and water but try not using too much moisture to avoid destroying to foam filling.
  4. Try not to let stains dry so you can use a damp cloth to soak up as much of the stain as possible.
  5. Vacuum regularly to remove any dirt, dust, and hair for a clean surface for your new bedding.
  6. Let your mattress air-dry to prevent any extended dampness.
  7. Apply a little baking soda to the surface to keep your mattress fresh and clean.
  8. Wash your sheets and bedding at least once a week on high heat to kill all bacteria and dust mites and make your mattress last longer.

Q: Can you steam clean a mattress?

Steam cleaning is an environmentally beneficial method of removing dirt, germs, dust mites, and other contaminants. The vapor molecules permeate the surface pores. The process of steam cleaning a mattress involves utilizing this technology to eradicate allergies and dust mites. This allows you to sleep better since your bed is clean, fresh, and free of bacteria.

Q: How much does it cost to deep clean a mattress?

Typically, a mattress deep-cleaning can cost anywhere between $130–$200 depending on how dirty the mattress is.

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