Keeping a clean house is a top priority for many people, yet mattresses are often overlooked. They may look clean and even smell OK but mattresses can quickly become inundated with dirt, dust and other irritants that can cause your mattress to wear out sooner and put your health at risk.
As you snuggle into your bed each night, you are breathing in the plethora of dust, skin cells and allergens that call your mattress home too. This polluted air can bother people with asthma and allergies, causing runny noses, scratchy eyes and breathing problems.
For a healthier night’s sleep, you should clean your memory foam mattress periodically.
It’s best to start by vacuuming your mattress to remove as many loose particles as possible. You can do this every few months or more often. If your mattress has a funky smell, sprinkle baking soda over the surface before you vacuum and let it sit for several hours or remake the bed and sleep on it for a couple nights, then vacuum it up. Baking soda will absorb odors and won’t damage your mattress.
Next, if you spot any stains, use an upholstery or mattress cleaner and damp rag to blot them out. You may want to try a little hydrogen peroxide if the cleaners don’t work. Be careful not to soak the mattress or get it any wetter than necessary. Because of their density, mattresses can easily trap moisture, creating mildew and mold problems.
Even if you don’t have any spills, making mattress cleaning a part of your to-do list is a good idea and may help improve your health. A mattress should be an investment in your health and wellness, not a detriment.