Your Mattress Is Disgusting – Here’s How To Clean It

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Even though you may wash and change your sheets often, you may not realize how quickly dust mites and bacteria can gather and multiply on your mattress. As the years pass, this community of critters can become quite disgusting. Mattresses collect sweat, dirt, dust and sometimes even mites, but it’s financially unrealistic to be constantly replacing such an important purchase.

The solution? You should be cleaning your mattress more often. Experts recommend cleaning your mattress every six months on average, and the ideal times are spring and fall, right before the weather changes.

But, you can’t exactly throw your mattress in the washing machine. Cleaning such a large piece of furniture requires its own process. Let’s break it down, step-by-step. Even if you don’t follow every single step, keep these tips in mind when cleaning your mattress:

  • Step 1: Take the bedding off your mattress and wash it.
  • Step 2: Vacuum your mattress. Pay special attention to the seams and crevices.
  • Step 3: Remove the stains on the mattress by spot cleaning with a generic stain removal solution, an enzyme-based stain removal solution or dish soap foam and a damp microfiber cloth. 
  • Step 4: Sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress and leave it to sit for several hours or overnight.
  • Step 5: Vacuum the mattress again to remove the baking soda.
  • Step 6: Turn the mattress over and repeat steps two to five.
  • Step 7: Cover the mattress with a mattress protector.
  • Step 8: Make the bed with clean sheets and pillowcases.
  • Step 9: Sink into a super clean bed for a well-deserved nap.

While the above may be the optimal way to clean a mattress, it’s certainly not the only method. There are tons of tools, tips and cleaning hacks for doing so. Read on to learn more about the most recommended ways to clean your mattress.


1. ToastyHouse UV Vacuum Cleaner


Designed to target mites, this device uses high-pressure air blasts to kill bed bugs, mites and bacteria and get rid of bed dust with 99.9% 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. This process is complemented by a UV light and a HEPA filtration system.

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2. 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 and pillows. Alternatively, it also works well on carpet and curtains.

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3. Resolve Urine Destroyer Spray Stain Remover


Whether you have children who wet the bed or your dog occasionally uses your mattress as a pee pad, mattresses have a tendency to fall victim to urine. Not only does pee leave behind a stain and a nasty odor, but it’s also less than sanitary. Luckily, the Resolve Urine Destroyer Spray Stain Remover was designed to take on urine with great results. Simply spray it on your mattress after an accident, wait five minutes and then blot the liquid away. To save time on cleaning your mattress in the future, invest in a mattress protector while you’re at it.

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Resolve Urine Destroyer Spray Stain Remover



4. Loftek 51 Ultraviolet Flashlight


While you may have been tempted to use one of these on a hotel bed, have you ever thought about turning 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. The sturdy and well-built light is battery powered, and its bulbs boast a 100,000+ hour lifespan.

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Loftek 51 Ultraviolet Flashlight



5. Febreze Fabric Refresher


Sometimes, no matter how often you clean it, your mattress simply stinks. It could be caused by excess night sweating, pets or the accidents of children. Whatever the case, Febreze Fabric Refresher can help. This spray-on liquid gets rid of odors, eliminating them at the source. This two-pack comes with one bottle of original Febreze spray for a freshly laundered scent, and a bottle of Febreze Fabric Unstopables, which provides an extra strong scent that lasts two times longer. Both will help your mattress to smell freshly laundered in a matter of seconds.

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Febreze Fabric Refresher



6. AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths


One of the most useful things you can have in your home cleaning arsenal is a set of microfiber cloths. For mattress cleaning, microfiber cloths are essential when applying and cleaning off stain removal solutions. You’ll need one cloth to blot up the stain remover, and you’ll need another cloth soaked with cool water to continue to blot at the stain until it’s gone. This pack of 24 microfiber cloths is produced by Amazon and has an amazing number of five-star ratings with over 90% of people giving the cloths a positive review.

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AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths



7. Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap


If you don’t have a stain remover built for your mattress, you can always use dish soap. Simply mix this Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap with water until it foams. Then, apply only the foam to the stains on your mattress. Blot the foam into the mattress using a cleaning cloth. Then, once all the foam has disappeared, use another slightly damp cloth and continue to blot at the stain until it has disappeared. This works best on biological stains, like blood, vomit or urine.

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Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap



8. Babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes


When in doubt, rely on the classics. These easy-to-use wipes eliminate bacteria and allergens with just a few swipes. SPY tip: focus on wiping down the creases, edges and folds of your mattress with these wipes. That is where dust mites and — gasp! — bed bugs, tend to reside.

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Babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes



9. Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover


Because you can never be 100% sure that all the cleaning solution gets removed from your mattress, it’s best to use something all-natural. You have to sleep on your mattress every night with the residue of the solution after all. The Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover boasts an enzyme-based formula that works on most biological stains, which are the most common types of stains found on mattresses. One bottle can treat more than 800 stains on your mattress, clothing or carpets, and the formula is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and vegan. Plus, it has received positive reviews from over 2,300 people on Amazon.

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Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover



10. Allersearch ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray


This spray helps to eliminate dust mites and other allergens from fabric, including your mattress. It uses an inorganic formula with an oxidizing compound that eliminates dander, pollen, mildew, mold and mites on contact. Furthermore, the spray is safe for use around people and pets, and it won’t harm the environment. Plus, it won’t leave behind a chemical scent, either.

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Allersearch ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray



11. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda


Most mattresses aren’t meant to get wet. Unfortunately, moisture almost always finds its way into these sleep platforms. Think about it – we sweat, we drool and we even pee in our sleep. But there’s usually no way for that moisture to escape. Baking soda is the best solution. Simply sprinkle baking soda all over your exposed mattress. Let it sit for several hours or overnight, and then vacuum the powder up. Flip the mattress and repeat on the other side. While the baking soda sits on the fabric, it’s constantly absorbing both moisture and odor, leaving you with a cleaner and better smelling mattress.

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12. MOSCHE Handheld Pressurized Steam Cleaner


For a more intense clean, use this 9-piece steam cleaner set by MOSCHE. 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.

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MOSCHE Handheld Pressurized Steam Cleaner



13. Homasy 8Kpa Portable Handheld Vacuum


Even if you don’t invest in a made-for-purpose mattress vacuum like the one featured in our “best overall” spot, you still need a handheld vacuum to properly clean your mattress. Dust and dirt, not to mention mites and bed bugs, can hide in the seams and crevices of your mattress. The only real way to eliminate them is to vacuum them up. The Homasy 8Kpa Portable Handheld Vacuum boasts powerful cyclonic suction and is completely cordless, making the task super simple. It can also be used on other furniture, fabric headboards and in your car when you don’t need it to clean your mattress.

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14. SafeRest Waterproof Mattress Protector


Once you’ve gone through the hassle of cleaning your mattress, don’t let your effort go to waste. Protect your mattress and make your next cleaning session a little easier by using a mattress protector, like this one from SafeRest. This protector is hypoallergenic and waterproof, meaning it won’t let dust mites, bacteria or stain-causing fluids reach your mattress. Not only will this extend the life of your mattress, it will also make your sleeping environment a lot healthier, too. The SafeRest Mattress Protector is available in a variety of sizes, from twin to California King.

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SafeRest Waterproof Mattress Protector



15. BISSELL SpotClean Pro


The BISSELL SpotClean Pro is a device that was seemingly built for cleaning mattresses, even if that isn’t its primary purpose. This device is like a tiny, affordable carpet cleaner and vacuum in one. It scrubs and lifts stains away from fabric surfaces, and it also boasts powerful suction to get rid of dirt and debris. Just be careful not to use the spray function too vigorously on your mattress. You don’t want too much moisture seeping into the fibers, especially if you sleep on a memory foam mattress. In addition to mattress cleaning, the Little Green can be used to spot clean carpet, auto interiors and fabric furniture.

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BISSELL Little Green Portable Stain Cleaner



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