22nd June 2021
Guides & Advice
Your mattress goes through a lot in its lifetime, so it’s important to make sure you know how to clean it properly. If your bed is in need of some care, there’s no better time to learn how to keep your mattress in tip-top condition using just a few household items.
Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean your mattress, get rid of particularly stubborn stains and protect it between cleans.
You should aim to clean your mattress every couple of months to ensure you’re getting the very best out of it. As creepy as it is to think about, your mattress is likely to be a secret hangout for dust mites, dead skin, dirt and other debris, which can all be irritating, especially if you suffer from allergies.
It is also most likely harbouring sweat. Even if you don’t wake up particularly sticky and sweaty, it’s something that we all do at night, and unfortunately it has nowhere else to go but straight into our bedding and mattress.
Regular cleaning can actually extend your mattress’ lifespan, but make sure you know the difference between your mattress needing a clean, and it needing to be replaced. Keeping it for longer than the recommended eight years can bring on a whole host of problems and, most importantly, an old mattress won’t be giving your body the support it needs.
Remove dust from your mattress every few months using a soft brush. If your mattress contains natural fillings, never use a vacuum cleaner. Even if you have a specific mattress attachment, vacuuming can displace the natural filling and pull the fibres through the fabric.
To deep clean a pocket sprung mattress you’ll need:
You can clean any Harrison Spinks mattress using the above method.
No matter how often you clean your mattress, accidents happen, and there could be some particularly stubborn stains that you struggle to get rid of. But they don’t need to ruin your mattress.
Any spillages should be absorbed right away using a dry cloth or paper towels.
See how to remove some common stains below:
Using a mattress protector can help keep your bed fresh and clean between washes and can even prolong the life of your mattress, keeping it feeling newer for longer.
Mattress protectors are waterproof, easy to apply and can be taken off and cleaned when needed, often without much effort in a domestic washing machine.
Rotating and flipping your mattress can also be a great method of protection on a more long-term basis. Rotating and flipping can prevent one area becoming particularly damaged, so make sure you follow the instructions for your particular mattress. However, not every mattress should be flipped upside down. If you can’t remember whether yours is a flip or turn, contact your retailer to find out.
Because of the difference in material, cleaning a memory foam mattress can be intimidating. In reality, the needs of a foam mattress and a sprung mattress are not too different.
The main things to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning a foam mattress are:
We spend over a third of our lives in bed, so it’s really important to look after your mattress with regular cleaning, and taking the necessary steps to protect it.
Remember to replace your mattress every eight years to ensure your mattress is hygienic, comfortable, and that your body is as supported as it needs to be. We know that choosing a new mattress can seem a daunting task, so visit our blog for advice on finding the right one for you.