How To Clean A Mattress

Mattress cleaning is relatively easy, especially when you follow the simple steps in this guide. It is important to note that not all mattresses will be suitable for the same type of cleaning. It’s also important to consider the specific product information of your mattress. However, most mattresses can be cleaned using the steps below.

 The 7 Step Guide to Cleaning A Mattress

Bed linen and mattresses should be cleaned on a regular basis to help prolong the lifespan of your bedding as well as keep your sleeping space clean and fresh. As mattresses are quite the investment, you’re going to want to make sure your mattress lasts as long as it can. If you’re wanting to know how to clean a mattress, follow these simple steps.

1. Collect your cleaning supplies

When it comes to cleaning a mattress there are many common household items you can use for the deep clean such as dish soap, laundry detergent and baking soda. Collect these items from your kitchen along with your vacuum cleaner, some cleaning rags and a small pot of cold water. Set these items aside in your bedroom and be careful not to knock them over if leaving them unopened.

2. Strip the mattress of all bedding

Remove all linen from the bed including any sheets, mattress covers or toppers so that the mattress is completely clear. It is best to put all of the bed linen into the washing machine on a hot cycle to ensure that you’re not going to be putting dirty bedding back on the clean mattress. If you are able, this is also a great time to air out the duvet and pillows on a washing line outside to help get rid of any unwanted dust or dirt.

3. Vacuum your mattress

Most vacuums come with a setting or attachment which is suitable for use on upholstered items. Once attached, vacuum your mattress making sure you don’t miss any areas paying special attention to the seams. Vacuum the sides of the mattress and anywhere else that dust and dirt may sit.

4. Begin to remove any stains

This could be an optional step depending on the condition of your mattress. If you have any stains or marks, you may be able to remove them using some of the cleaning products you set aside. What product you use to get the stain out will depend on what caused the stain and how long it’s been there.

When using laundry detergent or washing up liquid, it is important to apply the cleaning agent to the cloth rather than directly onto the mattress. You should also avoid pouring any water onto the mattress therefore it’s best to dampen the cloth with water instead. Blot the affected area using the cleaning rag until the stain lifts.

5. Clean the mattress

If possible, placing the mattress outside in the sun for a few hours is a great way to kill any bacteria and dispel possible odours. If you don’t have the ability to take the mattress outside, baking soda is a great product to use to achieve a similar result. Simply sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the mattress and leave for as long as possible. Be sure to open the bedroom windows to allow air to flow through the room. The soda will help to absorb any moisture whilst tackling potential odours.

6. Vacuum your mattress once more

During the cleaning process, you may have some debris on the bed such as baking soda. Give the mattress a once over again focusing on the seams and anywhere else where soda may have settled.

7. Flip the mattress and repeat

It is important to flip your mattress on a regular basis to ensure the materials inside stay evenly distributed and to help avoid any sagging. Therefore, you’re going to want to make sure both sides of your mattress are clean. Flip over your mattress and repeat the steps in this guide before placing your bedding back on the bed.

How to remove stains from a mattress

When removing a stain from your mattress, the product you use will entirely depend on the type of stain. It will also depend on the material of your mattress and so be sure to check the specific product information to avoid causing any damage.

It is always best to tackle a stain as soon as it has happened rather than when it has had a chance to settle. Wiping or scrubbing a stain can sometimes result in it spreading further and so it is best to spot clean using a dabbing or blotting motion. Use a cloth and avoid using excess moisture. You’ll want to try to tackle the stain quickly to avoid too much liquid seeping into the mattress materials.

What are the best mattress cleaner products?

To clean a mattress, you can often use simple household products. Certain products work particularly well with certain stains. Below we identify these products and explore which ones to use to remove the most common stains.

  • White vinegar: mixing 50/50 white vinegar and cold water works well to remove stains from bedwetting incidents. Spray the affected area and leave for a few minutes before dabbing with a damp cloth.
  • Washing up liquid: if you have a stain and you’re not sure where it came from, washing up liquid will be most effective when trying to lift the stain.
  • Laundry detergent: blotting laundry detergent is particularly effective on bloodstains.
  • Sparkling water and salt: if you spill wine in your bed, sparkling water will help lift the stain and salt will assist with soaking up the moisture.
  • Baking soda: sprinkling baking soda on the mattress after cleaning or stain removing is a great way to help absorb any unwanted moisture.

Tips for keeping your mattress clean

There are many ways to minimize how often you clean your mattress. Everything from using a mattress protector to avoiding eating in bed. Here are some tips to keep your mattress clean.

Use a mattress protector

Mattress protectors are a must when it comes to keeping your mattress clean. They help to prevent any spills or accidents from seeping through to the mattress as most protectors are waterproof.

Avoid eating in bed

Not eating and drinking in bed will help to prevent any potential spills that can stain the mattress. Eating in bed can also attract unwanted pests such as ants.

Allow your mattress to breathe

You can help allow your mattress to breathe by keeping your duvet in a low position on the bed in the morning. Opening the window can allow your mattress and sheets the chance to air out. This will help prevent the build-up of dust mites and dead skin cells.

Don't let pets in the bed

Pet hair, drool and dirt from paws are the last thing you want in your bed. Encourage your pets to sleep in their own designated space to help keep your bed and mattress clean and fresh.


The best way to clean a mattress is to follow the advice and guidance provided within the specific product information whilst using the steps in this guide. Always ensure that you keep the mattress as dry as possible when cleaning and focus your attention on seams and crevasses.

If your mattress is looking worse for wear even despite cleaning, perhaps it’s time to think about investing in a new mattress. Discover our range of mattresses and find your perfect sleeping companion today.

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