The cleanliness of your mattress might not be something you think about very often, but seeing as we spend one third of our lives in bed, it’s important to keep our mattress as clean as possible. Though it might be covered with a protector and sheets, your mattress is still vulnerable to dust mites, the occasional food spill, pet accidents, or other stains. This is why it is recommended to perform mattress cleaning regularly. But figuring how to clean a large mattress can be a little tricky. No matter how hard you try, it’s just not possible to fit your mattress into your washing machine. So how can you get it looking clean and smelling again? Steam cleaning is one such option, and in this article, the professionals of mattress cleaning at Clean Care will share all about the processes before you attempt this method on your own.
Before you start on your mattress cleaning, you’ll want to remove all of your sheets, blankets, pillows, and additional mattress pads from the bed. Now is also a good time to plug in your steam cleaner to allow it time to heat and build up steam.
Now proceed to vacuum your mattress. Use the vacuum’s upholstery brush attachment to suction away as much dust, hair, dead skin and dust mites as possible. This helps remove any materials that won’t dissolve when steamed. While you may also use a hand-held vacuum, a vacuum with a hose and brush attachment enables greater suction, giving you better results during mattress cleaning. Vacuum all crevices and dips in your mattress, not forgetting the sides and underside as well. Use short strokes as you cover the entirety of the bed to loosen and capture as much dirt as possible.
If you happen to notice any lingering odour, try sprinkling the entire surface with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to soak up smells and oils on your mattress for at least an hour before vacuuming it off.
The steam cleaning can now begin. You may use a clothes steamer, a steamer designed for cleaning, or even an iron that creates steam. Set your steam cleaner up by filling the water tank and making sure all the parts are properly attached. Hold the steamer a few inches above the mattress, not directly touching the fabric, as you slowly move it across the bed in long and low strokes. Proceed to steam the sides and underside of the mattress after you have finished steaming the surface. In the event you are performing mattress cleaning to get rid of bed bugs, a temperature of at least 70-80°C will be required. Also, pay attention to the dampness of the mattress as it should feel slightly moist but not soaking wet.
Open the windows, turn on the fans and allow your mattress to air dry for at least three hours. You want to avoid having any moisture trapped within the fibres. Pressing down on different areas to check for moisture can help determine if your mattress has completely dried.
Regular steaming can help kill off bed bugs and dust mites, on top of keeping your bedding cleaner for a longer time. It is also advisable to have your mattress thoroughly cleaned every 3 to 6 months through engaging mattress cleaning services in Singapore.
At Clean Care, our mattress cleaning services ensure that your family enjoys quality sleep in a healthy environment. Contact us to find out more!