How to keep your mattress squeaky clean

You spend about a third of your life sleeping, so your mattress is probably one of your most used possessions. And though most people wash their sheets and pillowcases regularly, they often neglect to give their mattress a thorough clean.

A little extra care not only makes your mattress last longer, it can make sleeping in your bed a healthier activity. It might even make you happier!

How ‘unclean’ can your mattress be?

Mattresses take a lot of punishment. Over its lifetime, your mattress soaks up litres of sweat and other bodily fluids. This can encourage mould and mildew.

Unless you’re squeaky clean before you get into bed, it might also be subject to dirt, perfumes, oils and traces of other substances that you have on your skin and clothes.

Then there’s the dust mites that thrive on dead skin cells that you shed every day. (Not a pleasant thought!) Even if you’re not allergic to dust mites, I’m sure you’d feel better knowing they’re not making their home in your bed!

If you live in a humid environment, it’s even more important to keep your mattress clean. Humidity helps your mattress retain sweat and moisture more easily.

So here are a few simple activities to keep your mattress – and you - healthier.

3 steps to a clean mattress

1. Give your mattress a vacuum

Once you’ve stripped your mattress of sheets and bedding, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner and go over every section of your mattress. Vacuuming your mattress will help remove dust mites, dust, dirt and some of the moisture. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is most effective for picking-up and containing dust mites.

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of doing a thorough mattress vacuum every few months.

2. Use baking soda to deodorise your mattress

Good old-fashioned baking soda is an excellent way to remove smells and moisture from your mattress.

  • Sprinkle the powder all over your mattress.
  • Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Then use a slightly damp sponge to remove any spots or stains. Or, you can use mild soap with your cool, damp sponge.

 3. Vacuum again

The baking soda will help lift the moisture within the mattress to the surface. Giving it a second vacuum will remove the moisture – along with any odours. Once you’ve given your mattress a good, thorough clean, it should be easier to maintain.

Make sure your mattress is completely dry before making it up with freshly-washed sheets.

Protect your mattress

Of course, it’s always best to try and avoid getting your mattress dirty in the first place.

Most good quality mattresses come with a hard-wearing cover, but fitting a mattress protector to your bed is also a good idea. The mattress protector works as a barrier against moisture and dust mites. It’s also easy to remove and run through the washing machine.

Choose a ‘healthy’ mattress in the first place

The best mattress to choose is one that’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.

SleepX mattresses use CompriShield™ to ensure we keep the nasties away from you while you enjoy a great night’s sleep. CompriShield™ is a natural, sustainable, bio-based microbial control solution. It’s derived from sustainably sourced coconut oil.

CompriShield™ locks and bonds to the foam during the manufacturing process. This gives great protection against mould, mildew, dust mites, and odour. The benefits last the lifetime of the foam.

In laboratory tests, foams treated with CompriShield™ have zero mould growth after 28 days. It also reduces bacterial microbes by more than 98%.