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When you snuggle into your bed at night, you’re sleeping on more than a comfy mattress. We’re talking sweat, dust, dust mites and allergens all sharing the bed with you. That’s why it’s important to clean your mattress at least twice a year, or better yet, with the change of the seasons.
Home maintenance guru Bob Vila makes it simple with these four easy steps.
Strip the mattress of all bedding. Using the appliance attachment, vacuum the mattress, paying close attention to the seam line. That’s where most build-up settles. Vila recommends using a HEPA-rated vacuum because it has the most powerful suction.
- Spot clean
If you’re fond of snacking in bed, there will likely be oily stains from food spills. Remove them using a paste of baking soda, salt and water. Cover the stain with the paste, let it set for 30 minutes then brush it away. Wipe with a cloth dampened in cool water. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan. For stains created by crayons, beverages, blood or urine, dab with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Work into stain using a soft toothbrush. Allow to dry for five minutes. Repeat as needed.
Sprinkle mattress top with baking soda. Let it sit for an hour, then vacuum up the baking soda.
- Rotate or flip it
For one-sided mattresses, rotate the top of the mattress to the foot of the bed. For a two-sided mattress, get some help to flip the mattress entirely. Once flipped, sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum it up after an hour.