You spend close to a third of your whole day in the mattress; sleeping, but that’s not the news. Guess what?
Your mattress is the dirtiest thing you own inside the bedroom.
But how often do you clean it?
Which methods do you use?
Are the ways effective?
Most people will give negative answers to these questions, but we have good news today. We explain how to steam clean a mattress to remove dirt, mites, dead cells, sweat, and other unlovely stuff from it.
Is It Safe and Effective?
First things first, you already understand the effectiveness of a steam cleaner with regard to sanitizing surfaces. It goes without saying that the godsend machine uses only natural steam to achieve their success.
But is it safe for a mattress? Yes, it is. The device uses steam to kill bacteria, viruses, bedbugs, and other pathogens on your mattress. It also gets rid of odours and stains, not to mention more.
Steam is hot, and you may expect it to destroy the looks of your mattress’s surface as a result. The good news is that you have control over it to prevent such damages.
Use the steam in the medium heat settings to avoid wastage and overheating. Besides, remember to avoid much steaming of the mattress’s elastic parts.
Steam can make them lose their elasticity. Ensure that you go through all the care instructions for your mattress from the manufacturer to avoid causing much damage.
When To Do It
You shed quite a few cells each day; close to a half a billion! The cells are a food source to dust mites. Likewise, your blood is a food source for bedbugs, and bacteria can also be found on your mattress.
But how do you know that your bed is getting too dirty to call for steaming?
Look for urine, sweat, and saliva stains on the mattress. Bloodstains and bites could also indicate the presence of bedbugs. Increased allergic reactions in the night also point to the presence of excess dust mites.
The presence of odours from the mattress also call for steam-cleaning. Likewise, if you have never washed or cleaned the mattress before, it’s time you tried steaming it for the first time.
Follow the steps below to have your mattress steamed into an odourless, pathogen-free piece of sleeping tool.
- Strip the mattress off any linens and sheets and remove all stuff from its surface.
- Add baking soda to all the surfaces of the mattress. Sprinkle only a thin layer, because the aim of doing this is to expel all odours. Then, leave the baking soda to rest on the surface for about half an hour.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the baking soda, plus other debris that may be present on the mattress’s surface. It’s now ready for steam-cleaning, and that’s the next step.
- Add a towel or upholstery material to the steam cleaner’s head. Doing so helps you to avoid tear and scratches on the surface. It also controls excess heat. Steam-clean all the surfaces of the mattress, ensuring that you do not skip any area.
- Leave the mattress to air-dry for about five hours.
Besides the specific benefits of the steam cleaner, here are the advantages of using it for your mattress.
It Removes Stains
The steam cleaner quickly gets rid of all stains, whether they’re from ammonia (in urine), saliva, or sweat. Children’s mattresses often attract stains more than adults’.
A multipurpose steam cleaner works best in this regard than the standard types. Always remember to avoid steaming a spot for too long, because the heat can destroy the mattress’s upholstery material.
The Steam Cleaner Kills Bedbugs And Eradicates Allergens
If your house has a bedbug infestation, you’re sure to get several bites or even allergy rashes from them. The steam cleaner uses heat to kill bedbugs, fleas, bacteria, and other danger-posing pathogens.
At the same time, it gets rid dust mites, small dust particles, and other allergic particles that can drive you into illness; thanks to the heat produced that spares no bacteria, virus, and other microorganisms.
It Expels Odors
If you have bed-wetting toddlers in your house, you know the terrible smell that comes out their mattresses. Using a steam cleaner alongside the baking soda helps you eradicate the bad smell. Do it regularly to keep the odour at bay.
Using a steam cleaner needs no special skills; neither does it demand strength. Besides, it saves you valuable time since it cleans within a very short period.
Maintaining The Mattress
After cleaning, you should keep the mattress in good condition to avoid frequent maintenance that may cost you more. Here are a few hacks to help you do so.
To protect your mattress from much dirt and pathogens (hence, prevent more frequent cleanings), you need to cover it. The sheets that cover the bed will protect it from stains, odours, and other effects. Washing sheets is more uncomplicated than cleaning the mattress. You can use the washing machine to remove the stains from sheets.
Air It Regularly
Airing your mattress is a natural way to utilize heat from the sun for killing the bacteria and bedbugs hidden inside it. It’s also a way of using the fresh air to remove bad smell from it.
Vacuum It Regularly
Vacuuming gets rid of large and medium-sized debris from your mattress. It also doesn’t go easy on bacteria. Regular vacuuming can keep pathogens away.
Be Careful With Pets
I know that you love your pets, and sleeping or playing with them together on the bed is quite impressive. However, they pose a danger to the safety and cleanliness of your mattress.
Learn to limit them from playing too much on the bed, because they can cause spills, drop fleas, and tear the mattress’s cover.
Steam-cleaning is quite a boon for your mattress. The process removes 99.9 per cent of unwanted organisms and particles from your mattress. It also does away with odours and stains, leave alone helping to prevent future infestation of such pests like bedbugs and fleas among others.
You now have all the steps involved in how to steam clean a mattress for the best-ever results. Sweet dreams!