A clean, sturdy mattress is an investment in your health, considering that it’s the primary object you use to get a good night’s sleep. If your mattress is neither clean nor sturdy, you risk getting sick and hurting your back.

The best way to deal with a lumpy mattress is to replace it. However, there is a much more cost-effective way when it comes to dirty mattresses. For one, you can simply clean it, which is something you should do once every year or so and is what this article will guide you through.

1. Remove and Wash the Bedsheets

Naturally before you consider if your mattress needs a cleaning, you will need to remove all the sheets. Take off the fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow-top sheets if you have a pillow-top mattress, top sheet and comforter if you’re using one.

Conduct a thorough washing of the mattress’ sheet sets, using the preferable setting in your washer for your type of sheets. If you have spare sheets, it’s a good idea to rotate your bedding to give your previous set a rest.

2. Inspect Your Mattress

After removing the sheets, it’s time to inspect the state of your mattress. Do you notice any stains on it? What about discolorations or smells?

Knowing the current state of your mattress gives you a better idea of how to deal with the damage. Moreover, you can get an idea if you can do the cleaning at home or if you need to hire a furniture cleaning service.

For example, if you find a few stains on your mattress’s surface – you can try spot cleaning these stains with a spotting product recommended on your mattress manufacturers website to see if you can remove them. If the stains don’t come out, perhaps it’s time to call a professional.

3. Vacuum the Mattress

Once you finish inspecting the mattress, it is a great idea to vacuum it well. This really should be done every time you remove your sheets to help remove all the stuff you can’t see like dead skin cells and dust mite feces.

You will be surprised to see how much dust, dirt, pet fur, and other nasties get on your mattress by lying on it. Vacuuming your mattress will removethis dirt, making it a cleaner place for you to rest. Take your time doing this so that you don’t miss any surface area.

4. Spot Clean Your Mattress

After vacuuming, you can start spot cleaning your mattress to see if the stains come out.

It’s worth noting that every person does spot cleaning a bit differently. However, one trick you can use, as mentioned before, is using a stain remover provided by the manufactures – or at least, one that is best suited for your mattresses specific stains. For instance, if there’s dried blood, you may want to use an enzyme cleaner designed to treat those types of stains.

Once again, if the stains won’t come out, perhaps you should consider professional furniture cleaning services. Experienced cleaners will know how to deal with dirty mattresses, leaving you stress-free in the long run.

5. Use Baking Soda to Remove Minor Odors

Baking soda is a natural product you can use to freshen up and deodorize a relatively clean mattress. It’s a gentle, non-toxic substance that can help you deal with a smelly mattress.

To use it:

  1. Sprinkle some baking soda onto your mattress, preferably in places where you have identified a noticeable odor.
  2. Let it sit for a few hours to absorb as much of the odor as possible
  3. Vacuum up the baking soda powder – going over it several times to makes sure you have gotten it all.

For minor stains you can also club soda or a mixture of water and vinegar, which are other natural cleaners. With either option, apply to the mattress with a misting spray bottle, gently rub in and then blot with a clean, terrycloth towel.  Let the mattress sit for a few hours before putting any sheets back on so you are sure that the area is dry.


As you can see, it’s simple to clean and care for a generally used mattresses. You only need some time and elbow grease, and you can give your mattress a good refresher cleaning. However, when you need to do a professional deep cleaning, you will want to hire an upholstery cleaning service to deal with the job in a much more thorough manner.

In any case, always make it a top priority to use a clean mattress. If you don’t have the time, or it’s been a while you should hire us at Dreyer’s Carpet Care for all your furniture and mattress cleaning service in Gainesville and surrounding areas. We specialize in upholstery, carpet, and tile cleaning. Contact us today to get your mattresses cleaned.

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