Tips on How to Clean a Mattress:
Proven Hacks That Work

Believe it or not, it’s not just bed sheets that you should be washing. Yep-that’s right. Our mattresses also need to have a proper cleaning.

Why should I clean my mattress?

While our bed sheets may catch most of our dead skin cells, they don’t protect against dust mites that hoard onto our dead cells. Glenn Needham, a retired professor of entomology at Ohio State University says:

“Every mattress is a crime scene in terms of how it gets inoculated with mites.”

Yikes! Not only can a mattress hoard dust mites, mold and bed bugs, but our bodily fluids-particularly sweat, can also seep into the fibers.

And if you live in a humid environment, have pets or suffer from allergies, all the more reason to keep your mattress fresh and clean. Luckily, you don’t need to clean your mattress as frequently as your sheets, but aim for at least every six months. Whether you own a latex, foam or any other kind, it doesn’t matter.

Don’t worry; we have easy, proven tips for cleaning your mattress so you can rest easy knowing you’re not sleeping in filth. Scroll down below, then just remove your sheets and mattress cover to get started.

How to clean a mattress at home

Now, you could get your mattress professionally cleaned – or you can easily use items and substances you have lying around your home. Here are our top tips to consider on how to clean a mattress:

To remove dirt and smell:

To remove stains:

It’s important to never soak your mattress in any cleaning product. Use a bit of product diluted with water and a cloth. Remember, less is more.

Clean and Extend the Life of Your Mattress

It’s no question that our mattresses are worthwhile financial and health investments. Now you have good mattress cleaning tips to reap the benefits of both. We recommend purchasing a mattress pad or cover to protect it from future stains, dirt and pests. It might also be a good idea to flip your mattress every three to six months.

If you want to maintain the quality of your mattress, extend its shelf life and continue to get a restful night’s sleep – then revisit this article every six months for your own mattress cleaning remedy!

Finally, if repeated cleaning ceases to meet your hygiene requirements, consider getting a new mattress with our guide to choosing one that suits your needs.