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How Can I Clean my Mattress?

You spend around a third of your life asleep, so it's important to keep your mattress clean, hygienic and in good condition. It's easy to forget to clean your mattress, since it's usually hidden underneath sheets and bedding. However, cleaning your mattress regularly can help to reduce unwanted build up of:

  • dust and dust mites
  • dead skin cells
  • stains
  • mould
  • bacteria

It's particularly important to clean your mattress if you suffer from allergies. Regular cleaning reduces the opportunity for allergens, such as dust, to settle within your mattress. For more allergy advice, check out our guide.

There are lots of quick and easy ways you can care for your mattress to keep it in great condition for longer and ensure you get the best value for money. Read on to discover how to clean your mattress and enjoy a healthier sleeping environment.

A person vacuuming a mattress
Clean your mattress regularly to keep it in great condition

How to clean your mattress in five easy steps

Follow our five easy steps to clean and freshen up your mattress. Always remember to check the manufacturer's care guide for your mattress before cleaning, and open your bedroom windows to improve bedroom ventilation.

Step 1: Remove your bedding and wash it

Start by taking your sheets, pillows and duvet off the bed. Put them on a hot wash (but check the label first!). We recommend washing over 60°C as this will help kill any germs and dust mites. Tumble-dry your bedding on a high heat if you can.

Step 2: Vacuum your mattress and bed

Now that your mattress is bare, you can begin vacuuming it. Make sure the vacuum cleaner attachments are clean. Use the brush or upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, if you have one.

Carefully vacuum your mattress and bed in small sections, paying particular attention to seams, corners and crevices where dust can build up. Take care not to damage the cover or dislodge the mattress fillings. Remember to vacuum underneath your bed and down the sides if your bed is pushed up against a wall.

Step 3: Deodorise your mattress

Lightly sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over your mattress. Baking soda helps to absorb moisture and keep your mattress smelling clean and fresh. Let it sit for at least an hour - the longer, the better. Vacuum thoroughly to remove it.

Step 4: Spot clean any mattress stains

Always remember to refer to the manufacturer's care instructions before cleaning your mattress, as different fabrics may require different methods of cleaning.

However, as a general guide, The Sleep Council recommend using a very mild detergent and warm or cold water to spot-clean your mattress. Use a clean, damp cloth and take care not to over-soak your mattress. Air your mattress thoroughly to ensure it's properly dry before you put the bedding back on.

A person putting bed sheets back on the bed
Only make the bed once your mattress is thoroughly dry

Step 5: Flip your mattress and repeat!

Is your mattress double-sided? You'll need to clean the other side by repeating steps one to four. However, if your mattress is single-sided, simply vacuum the underside to keep it dust-free.

Not sure how to flip your mattress? Check out our guide on how to turn your mattress correctly.

How to maintain a clean mattress

Now that you have a squeaky-clean mattress, you'll want to keep it that way for as long as possible! Follow our top tips for that fresh feeling in-between mattress cleaning.

  1. Air your mattress
    Throw back the bed sheets every morning for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Open your windows
    This improves bedroom ventilation and allows excess moisture to evaporate.
  3. Wash and tumble-dry all bedding
    Wash your bedding every week. Choose a high heat setting to kill dust mites and germs.
  4. Spot-clean stains
    Stains are easier to tackle when they're fresh.
  5. Use a mattress protector
    Protect your mattress from spills and accidents.

Buy a mattress protector

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure! A mattress protector acts as a barrier for your mattress, and it's an easy, cost-effective way to keep your mattress clean.

Our range of mattress protectors includes waterproof mattress protectors that protect against spills and accidents. Our anti-allergy mattress protectors are ideal for those who suffer from allergies.

Mattress protectors: three of the best

Not sure which mattress protector to choose? Why not take a look at our three best-selling mattress protectors:

Harwoods Quilted Anti Allergenic Mattress Protector
Harwoods Quilted Anti Allergenic Mattress Protector

  • From only £15.95
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Fits mattresses up to 33cm (13 inches) deep

Protect A Bed Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector
Protect A Bed Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector

  • From only £35.95
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Waterproof
  • Fits mattresses up to 36cm (14 inches) deep

Silentnight Egyptian Cotton Mattress Protector
Silentnight Egyptian Cotton Mattress Protector

  • From only £17.95
  • Anti-allergenic
  • 100% Egyptian Cotton cover
  • Fits mattresses up to 30cm (12 inches) deep

Replace your mattress every seven years

Keeping your mattress clean and in good condition is important. This helps to ensure that your sleeping environment is healthy and supports a good night's sleep.

However, after seven years your mattress will begin to lose its shape and comfort. Is your mattress lumpy? Does it sag or look worn out? These are signs that you need to replace your old mattress. Head over to our mattress replacement guide for help and advice.

A clean and fresh mattress is the key to a good night's sleep. We hope this guide has answered all the questions you have about how to clean your mattress. Please get in touch if you need any further advice!

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