* You should be cleaning your mattress every six months
* Keep these tools and tricks on hand for a deep clean
* Stay mite and bacteria-free
Even though you may wash and change your sheets often, you may not realize how quickly dust mites and bacteria can gather on your mattress over the years too. Mattresses can collect sweat, dirt, dust and sometimes even mites, but it’s financially unrealistic to be constantly replacing it.
The solution: you should be cleaning your mattress more. Experts recommend cleaning your mattress every six months on average, and the ideal times are spring and fall, before the weather changes. Read on for SPY’s best tips and tricks on how to give it a good clean.
1. Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner
Designed to target mites, this device uses 55 degree high-pressure blasts to kill bed bugs, mites and bacteria with 99.7% efficiency. First, it beats out the mites from deep within the bedding layer of the mattress, then it uses double powerful suction to remove them.
2. Loftek 51 Ultraviolet Flashlight
While you may have been tempted to use one of these on a hotel bed, ever thought to turn it on your own? This flashlight is packed with 51 powerful UV bulbs, designed to track down those secret stains invisible to the naked eye.
3. Violet Twig Aromatics Dust Mite Pet Bed Spray
Designed to target pet beds, this spray also works for our own beds and is not harmful for humans or animals. The spray helps to eliminate dust mites from fabric. Made of natural, organic oils, it also has a lovely clove-cinnamon scent.
4. Woolite Advanced Stain and Odor Remover
Don’t just replace your mattress as soon as you discover stains — try this spray by Woolite that works to kill 99.9% of bacteria on soft surfaces. Use it on your mattress or pillows, or on carpet and curtains.
5. Midas Multi-Purpose Big Capacity Handheld Pressurized Steam Cleaner
For a more intense clean, use this 9-piece steam cleaner set by Midas. It’s 100% chemical free, so you don’t need to worry about harmful fumes or residue. The powerful steam action uses the power of hot water to eliminate stains and germs from your bedding. Keep the steam cleaner around and use it for your rugs, furniture and garage too.
6. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
When in doubt, rely on the classics. These easy-to-use disinfecting wipes eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and allergens with just a few swipes. SPY tip: focus on wiping down the creases, edges and folds of your mattress, as that is where dust mites and — gasp! — bed bugs, tend to reside.