How do you clean a mattress?


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To clean a mattress, first vacuum it with a handheld vacuum to remove accumulated dirt, crumbs and dust. Spot clean the mattress of any stains with a store-bought or homemade stain remover, and then deodorize the mattress with a disinfecting spray or baking soda. If possible, take the mattress outside to air it out.

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  1. Vacuum the mattress

    Use a handheld vacuum to go over the top, sides and bottom of the mattress. If your vacuum has interchangeable tools, use the upholstery tool to press firmly on the mattress as you go over it to pull out dust beneath the surface. Use a crevice tool to pick up any crumbs or dirt in the creases of the mattress.

  2. Spot clean the mattress

    Use the appropriate stain remover on any mattress stains. For any pet stains, use a store-bought pet stain remover per the label instructions. For protein-based stains, such as those from bodily fluids, one option is to treat the stain with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and baking soda. Rub it in with a clean rag. Another option is to rub a lemon juice and salt paste on the stains, and let it sit for up to an hour before wiping off.

  3. Deodorize the mattress

    Spray the mattress with a disinfecting spray, and then sprinkle baking soda all over it. Let it sit for a few hours to absorb into the mattress, and then vacuum up the excess.

  4. Air out the mattress

    Take the mattress outside if possible, and lay it on plastic sheeting in the sun. Leave it outside for several hours, flipping it over halfway through. The sun can help kill any lingering bacteria.

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