How to Deep Clean a Mattress: The Complete Guide

How to Deep Clean a Mattress: The Complete Guide

Do you wake up feeling tired and achy, tossing and turning all night? A dirty mattress could be the culprit behind your poor sleep. Mattresses accumulate all sorts of filth that can degrade comfort and hygiene - dead skin cells, sweat, oils, dust mites, pet dander, and more. Learning proper mattress cleaning techniques keeps your bed fresh, extends its life span, and improves restfulness. This guide covers supplies, methods, and tips for deep cleaning mattresses.

At Mattress To Door, we offer high-quality mattresses shipped directly to you for free. With our 90-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty, you can invest in restful sleep for years to come. Read on to learn how to care for your Mattress To Door mattress or any standard mattress.

Why Clean Your Mattress Regularly?

Why Clean Your Mattress Regularly

It's easy for mattresses to become magnets for dirt, dust and grime. But letting it build up can negatively impact your sleep and health. Here are the top reasons to clean your mattress regularly:

Remove Dead Skin Cells and Oils

We shed approximately 1.5 grams of dead skin cells per day. Most of this flakes off into our mattresses and bedding. These skin cells provide food for dust mites and other allergens.

Your body also produces oils and sweat while you sleep that soak into the mattress. Regular deep cleaning removes this debris so it doesn't accumulate.

Control Dust Mites and Allergens

Dust mites feed on dead skin cells and thrive in warm, moist environments like mattresses. Their feces and decaying bodies can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Vacuuming alone removes only a limited amount of dust mites and debris. Deep cleaning to sanitize mattresses is required to reduce allergens significantly.

Eliminate Odors

Various odors from sweat, pets, smoke, mold or mildew can become trapped in mattress materials:

  • Sweat odors arise from moisture and oils from our bodies.
  • Pets tracking in dirt, drooling, accidents, etc. leaves odors.
  • Smoke odors seep into fabrics over time.
  • Mold and mildew from humidity create musty smells.

Regular mattress cleaning and deodorizing keeps odors at bay for freshness.

Extend Mattress Lifespan

Mattresses are a big investment. Proper care extends their lifespan so you don't have to replace them prematurely.

Deep cleaning removes abrasive particles that can degrade mattress fabrics and materials over time. Rotating mattresses also reduces uneven wear.

With regular maintenance, you can double or even triple the usable life of a quality mattress.

Improve Sleep Quality

A clean mattress simply feels and smells better, allowing for a comfortable night's sleep. Dirty mattresses detract from restfulness, comfort and rejuvenation.

Deep cleaning removes irritants so you sleep soundly without disruption from itchiness or odors. A purified sleeping surface leads to improved sleep quality.

At Mattress To Door, we create supportive mattresses designed for comfort. Our quality materials remain cleaner longer to provide restorative rest night after night.

Supplies for Cleaning a Mattress

Supplies for Cleaning a Mattress

Having the right cleaning supplies makes deep cleaning your mattress easier and more effective. Stock up on these items:

Mattress Vacuum/Upholstery Attachment

  • Use a vacuum designed for mattresses or an upholstery attachment for your regular vacuum. This allows you to reach crevices and seams.
  • Look for a vacuum with strong suction power to lift and remove debris. HEPA filters help collect allergens.
  • Attachments with brushes help dislodge and vacuum particles from fabric.

Enzyme-Based Cleaner

  • Enzyme cleaners work well for breaking down organic matter like sweat, oils and urine.
  • Enzymes in these cleaners help lift stains by digesting proteins and lipids.
  • OxiClean Max Force and Bac-Out are good options for mattresses.

Baking Soda

  • Baking soda absorbs odors and lifts some stains through abrasive cleaning.
  • Its mild alkaline profile dissolves some acidic odors.
  • Use baking soda across mattress surfaces or targeted on stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  • As an oxidizing agent, hydrogen peroxide bleaches stains and deodorizes.
  • Works well on new stains before they set.
  • Dilute to 10% concentration for use on fabrics.

White Vinegar

  • White vinegar removes stains and odors through acidity.
  • Works on alkaline odors like urine and sweat.
  • Dilute with water to 15% acidity for mattress use.

Spray Bottles

  • Use to apply cleaning solutions directly onto mattress surfaces.
  • Labeled bottles prevent mixing up cleaners.
  • Adjustable nozzles allow targeted stain treatment.

Soft Bristle Brush

  • Gently agitates surfaces to lift stains and odors from fabric.
  • Enables scrubbing with cleaning solutions.
  • Use brush before vacuuming for best results.

Terry Cloth Towels

  • Blot and absorb stains and moisture after cleaning.
  • Softer and more absorbent than paper towels.
  • Clean towels prevent spreading dirt and bacteria.

Mattress Protector

  • Waterproof barriers prevent future stains and damage.
  • Hypoallergenic options reduce allergens and skin irritation.
  • Mattress To Door offers quality mattress protectors suited to your mattress.

With the right supplies assembled, you're ready to deep clean your mattress. Always refer to the manufacturer's care instructions before using any cleaning product. Now let's look at the vacuum and spot cleaning process...

How to Vacuum and Spot Clean

How to Vacuum and Spot Clean

Vacuuming lifts dirt, dust mites, dead skin cells, pet dander and other debris from your mattress. Follow these steps:

Strip the Bedding

  • Remove all bedding - sheets, mattress pads and protectors.
  • Wash bedding to eliminate odors, sweat and dead skin cells.
  • Let the bare mattress air out before vacuuming.

Vacuum All Surfaces

  • Use upholstery brush and crevice attachments.
  • Vacuum top and sides as well as creases and seams.
  • Use slow overlapping strokes for thorough cleaning.
  • Open windows to avoid kicking up dust in your home.

Spot Treat Stains

  • Use a small brush to lift dried fluids from fabric.
  • Lightly spray enzyme cleaner, hydrogen peroxide or vinegar.
  • Let sit 5-10 minutes before dabbing with a clean towel.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry. Avoid over-wetting.

Allow to Dry

  • Air out mattress for 2-3 hours before replacing bedding.
  • A damp mattress can grow mold and mildew.
  • Consider placing a fan nearby to speed drying.

Repeat Regularly

  • Vacuum mattresses every 2-3 months for maintenance.
  • Spot treat stains as they occur for best results.
  • Mattress To Door mattresses resist microbial growth between cleanings.

Vacuuming and spot treatment tackle surface-level dirt, dust and stains. But over time, deeper cleaning is required to revitalize mattresses and promote hygienic sleep.

Up next, we'll review how to treat tough stains and odors, when to seek professional deep cleaning services and how to protect your mattress between cleanings. Mattress To Door provides quality mattresses delivered for free in Mississauga, Brampton, London, Hamilton and Scarborough. Our long trial period and warranty give confidence in a smart mattress purchase.

Removing Tough Stains and Odors

Removing Tough Stains and Odors

Regular spot cleaning and vacuuming keeps mattresses fresh in between deeper cleanings. But over time, difficult stains and odors can set into fabrics and materials. Here are tips for tackling them:

Urine Stains and Odor

Urine contains urea that releases ammonia as it breaks down, causing strong odors. To remove:

  • Liberally apply enzyme cleaner made for urine stains and odors. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Make a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water. Spray on stain and let sit 10 minutes before blotting.
  • Baking soda absorbs odors. Sprinkle on the stain, let sit 1-2 hours and vacuum up.

Sweat Stains and Odor

The proteins and fatty acids in sweat break down into odorous wastes. To remove:

  • Apply enzyme cleaner to digest the compounds causing odor and stains.
  • Make a baking soda paste with just enough water to form a spreadable consistency. Rub into stain gently.
  • Rinse with vinegar-water solution then blot dry.

Mold or Mildew Odor

In humid environments, mold and mildew spread quickly. To eliminate:

  • First dry out the mattress fully in sunlight.
  • Make a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to one part water. Spray on affected areas and let bubble for 10 minutes.
  • Wipe away residue with a clean cloth. Allow to fully dry before replacing bedding.

Old or Set-In Stains

For stubborn, set-in stains:

  • Spot treat with an enzyme-based cleaner. Allow to sit overnight before rinsing and blotting.
  • Make a baking soda paste. Rub into the stain gently in a circular motion. Rinse and blot dry.
  • Pour hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain. Let bubble for 10 minutes before blotting.

Pet Odors

Animal accidents, dander and dirt accumulate on mattresses. To clean:

  • Sprinkle a heavy coating of baking soda and let sit overnight before vacuuming. Baking soda absorbs odors.
  • Spot treat affected areas with an enzyme cleaner formulated for pet odors. Let sit before blotting.
  • Finish by spot cleaning with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse and blot dry.

With repeated deep cleaning attempts, you can eliminate difficult stains and odors over time. Avoid harsh scrubbing, which can damage fabrics. Contact Mattress To Door if you need help addressing persistent issues with one of our quality mattresses covered by our 10-year warranty.

Now let's discuss when it's time to call in mattress cleaning pros...

When to Professionally Clean

When to Professionally Clean

For routine maintenance every few months, DIY vacuum and spot cleaning does the trick. But periodically, professional deep cleaning restores mattresses fully. Consider professional mattress cleaning services:

Every 2 Years

The average mattress should be professionally cleaned every 2 years. This "almost like new" detailing:

  • Removes deeply embedded dirt, debris and stains DIY methods can't tackle.
  • Sanitizes and deodorizes for a hygienic sleep surface, reducing dust mites and allergens.
  • Fluffs up compressed fibers and padding for improved comfort.

After Illnesses

Viruses, bacteria and bodily fluids from illness can linger in your mattress after recovery. Seek professional cleaning services after contagious illnesses for disinfection.

For Incontinence Issues

Accidents from incontinence or other medical issues can repeatedly stain and soak into a mattress. Professional cleaning removes contamination and odors.

Severe Stain or Odor Issues

For severe stains that remain after multiple DIY treatments, professional strength cleaning solutions and equipment can remove them.

Every 5-10 Years

Even with regular DIY maintenance, mattresses need periodic deep cleaning services every 5-10 years to revitalize.

Look for certified cleaning companies using reputable techniques like steam/hot water extraction, hypoallergenic solutions and truck-mounted units. Avoid companies offering suspiciously cheap chemical "sanitization." Quality professional cleaning costs $100-$250 but drastically refreshes mattresses.

Mattress To Door recommends seeking professional mattress cleaning services every few years. Contact our customer service staff for reputable cleaner referrals. We want your mattress purchase to last for years of restful sleep.

Up next, we'll provide tips for protecting your mattress between cleanings...

Protecting Your Mattress Between Cleanings

Protecting Your Mattress Between Cleanings

In addition to periodic deep cleaning, take these steps to protect your mattress daily:

Use a Mattress Protector

Waterproof mattress protectors create a barrier against spills, fluids and stains. Features to look for include:

  • Waterproof top layer made of vinyl, polyurethane or other impermeable material
  • Fitted sheet style with elastic edges to secure to mattress
  • Breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo viscose interior
  • Hypoallergenic materials to reduce allergens and irritation
  • Safe for all mattresses including memory foam, latex, hybrid

Wash the protector monthly and replace every 2-3 years for best protection. Mattress To Door offers high-quality mattress protectors tailored for all our mattresses.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuum your mattress every 2-3 months using the upholstery attachment. Frequent vacuuming removes dust and debris before it becomes more embedded.

Focus on creases, seams and edges where dust accumulates. Opening windows prevents kicking up dust inside while vacuuming.

Rotate Your Mattress

Rotating your mattress every 3-6 months promotes even wear. Switching head-to-foot orientation reduces body impressions in one area.

Consult your manufacturer guidelines for proper rotation - some mattresses should not be flipped over. Mattress To Door staff can advise on properly rotating your mattress.

Control Moisture

Excess moisture encourages mold, mildew and dust mites. Take steps to keep your mattress dry:

  • Use dehumidifiers and fans to maintain low humidity.
  • Switch out damp bedding immediately and dry thoroughly.
  • Allow mattresses to air out after cleaning before replacing bedding.

Avoid spills and accidents that introduce moisture deep into the mattress. Blot any spills immediately. Mattress To Door mattresses resist moisture retention thanks to quality construction.

Spot Treat New Stains ASAP

New stains have the best chance of removal before they set in. To prevent stains from becoming permanent:

  • Act quickly to spot treat the stain within an hour of occurring.
  • Gently dab with clean towel to absorb as much liquid as possible.
  • Use appropriate cleaner for the stain - enzyme-based or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Rinse with vinegar-water solution after treating.

Prompt attention stops stains in their tracks before becoming stubborn issues. Contact Mattress To Door customer service for recommended stain solutions for your specific mattress.

With these simple preventative measures, you can keep your mattress fresh between periodic deep cleanings. Now let's wrap up with some final thoughts...

FAQ Section About How to Clean a Mattress:

How often should I clean my mattress?

You should vacuum your mattress every 2-3 months and perform a deep clean at least once a year to remove embedded dirt, dust mites, and allergens. Consider professional cleaning every few years for a thorough sanitization.

What is the best way to clean a mattress?

The best way is to regularly vacuum with an upholstery attachment and spot treat stains. Deep clean annually using an enzyme cleaner or hydrogen peroxide for tough stains and odors.

How do I clean a memory foam mattress?

Clean a memory foam mattress by vacuuming, spot treating with an enzyme cleaner, and deodorizing with baking soda. Avoid excessive moisture that can break down foam.

What should I do if my mattress has stains?

If your mattress has stains, promptly spot treat them with an appropriate cleaner like an enzyme-based solution or diluted vinegar. This prevents stains from setting in.

How do I keep my mattress clean?

Keep your mattress clean by using a mattress protector, vacuuming regularly, spot cleaning stains quickly, and rotating your mattress every 3-6 months.

When should I flip my mattress?

You should flip or rotate your mattress every 3-6 months to promote even wear, unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise. Check guidelines before flipping certain mattresses.

Can I use baking soda to clean my mattress?

Yes, baking soda is effective for cleaning mattresses. Its abrasive texture lifts stains, and it naturally absorbs odors. Sprinkle it on, let sit briefly, then vacuum away.

How long should I let the baking soda sit on the mattress?

Let the baking soda sit on a soiled mattress for 1-2 hours before vacuuming it away. Longer time allows it to fully absorb odors. Spot-treat stains with baking soda paste for 30 minutes before scrubbing gently.

What type of mattress cleaning supplies do I need?

Basic supplies include an upholstery attachment vacuum, enzyme cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, soft bristle brush, and terry cloth towels.

Is it important to clean the sides of the mattress?

Yes, it's important to clean the sides and all surfaces of your mattress to remove dust and debris that accumulate in crevices and seams over time.


A clean mattress is vital for promoting restful, uninterrupted sleep and overall health. Mattresses accumulate a surprising amount of dirt, dead skin cells, dust mites, debris and stains over months of use.

Implementing a thorough cleaning routine removes these contaminants for improved comfort and hygiene. Key takeaways include:

  • Vacuum mattresses every 2-3 months using upholstery attachments.
  • Spot treat stains as soon as they occur to prevent setting in.
  • Deep clean mattresses annually using cleaning solutions for stubborn issues.
  • Consider professional cleaning every few years for deep sanitization.
  • Use mattress protectors and regularly clean bedding.
  • Allow mattresses to air out before replacing bedding.

With periodic deep cleaning and daily preventative care, you can keep your mattress fresh, allergen-free and extend its lifespan. Contact Mattress To Door for reliable mattresses shipped for free across Canada. Our knowledgeable staff can offer mattress care recommendations for your specific model. Invest in years of healthy, restful sleep with quality mattress cleaning and maintenance.

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