If you haven’t thought about cleaning your mattress lately, consider this: You probably spend six or seven hours on it every night. During that time, dust, dead skin cells, sweat, and oil from your body can make their way onto it. That’s why Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, recommends following this advice every few months to keep your bed fresh and dust-, stain-, and odor-free.
1. Ditch the dust.
The easiest way to remove dust is to use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner. It’s a good idea to do this every couple of months or more often if someone is the family suffers with allergies. Go over the top and sides of the mattress and as much of the box spring as you can access. Press down firmly on the tool to draw out dust beneath the fabric’s surface. Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached.
You can also steam clean your mattress. If you have a garment steamer, go over the mattress with the steamer holding the nozzle as close to the fabric as you can to help the penetrating steam kill dust mites lurking near the surface. Vacuum the mattress again to remove them.
2. Wipe out stains.
If pets sleep with you or you like to snack in bed, chances are your mattress may have some stains on it. By tackling them as soon as possible after they happen or as soon as you notice them, they’ll take less effort to erase. The easiest way to remove them is with a carpet and upholstery cleaner formulated to remove pet stains, like Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Bissell Pet Stain and Odor Remover. “It not only removes pet, food and other stains but also contains enzymes to tackle odors,” Forte says.
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