Cleaning and Refreshing Your Mattress

Let’s talk about cleaning and refreshing your mattress today. If you haven’t cleaned your mattresses recently, now would be a great time. We don’t have to go into all the details about the microscopic things that can live on your mattress and I don’t dwell on it too much. But every time I change the sheets on the beds I think about it and remember it’s probably time to vacuum them again.

cleaning your mattress

Wash your bedding every week, in the hottest possible setting allowed. Take off the bed skirt and throw it in the wash every couple months. When was the last time you washed your pillows? It’s recommended that you wash your pillows at least once a year, twice would be better. Most can be washed but follow the manufacturer directions.

I swear by mattress covers. We have them on all of our beds. There are a lot of things that can happen to a mattress and I love the extra protection the covers provide. Mattress covers and pillow covers should be washed every month or two. Wash the comforters or bed coverings a couple times a year or when they become soiled. 

wash bedding

Now let’s get to the mattress! Take the mattress off the bed to vacuum the top of the box springs, sides, bed rails and other parts that are hard to get to with the mattress on. Wash the wall and baseboards behind the bed and vacuum under the bed. If your mattress can be flipped, vacuum the side of the mattress that is going to be down and put the mattress back in place. Some mattresses are not meant to be flipped so you can just skip that step.

vacuum bed railing

Use a sifter and sprinkle about 1 1/2 cups of baking soda on the top of the mattress. Then go do something else for an hour or start working on another mattress in the house. The baking soda helps draw any moisture out of the mattress, deodorizes it, and leaves it smelling fresh. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oils to the baking soda if you like.

baking soda mattress

After an hour or so use a vacuum attachment to vacuum up the baking soda and those yucky microscopic critters we were talking about earlier. Use an upholstery attachment for the top and the crevice attachment for the seams and sides of the mattress.

vacuum mattress

Use a lavender spray on the mattress after cleaning it well. This one is from Bath and Body Works. I love the smell and it’s so relaxing. There’s something so comfortable about slipping into bed after deep cleaning it. How did I ever sleep well on a dusty bed? I also like to spray my pillow a couple times a week with the lavender spray. It’s so relaxing!

clean mattress

Spot clean the throw pillows on your bed when needed. I dust them a couple times a year by tossing them in the dryer on the low setting for a few minutes. You can also vacuum them a couple times a year. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress and bedding? 

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  • briton June 14, 2013, 8:10 am

    Heading upstairs…vacuum in hand! Thanks for the reminder!!

  • Katie Clark June 14, 2013, 8:31 am

    Great tips! I love the idea of spraying lavendar on the mattress…Maybe I’ll do that to my son’s. He has issues sleeping, and maybe that will calm him down 🙂

  • md jahirul islam November 12, 2018, 7:04 am

    hi leanne
    you are right i am agree with you. pillow case, bed seeds, pillow are wash so easily but mattress is a very difficult for wash. you provide very use full tips for every one. i think its a better tips for me. good luck.

  • Alivia December 25, 2018, 12:13 am

    Using lavender oil is one of the best solutions for getting good sleep. I am using it while taking bath. Nice post, Thanks for sharing.

  • Cynthia Lauriston April 5, 2019, 10:09 pm

    Hey, it’s glad to see that you are sleeping on the fantastic bed. Very nice informative post, thanks for sharing Leanne

  • Melanie Green October 7, 2019, 10:54 pm

    Never thought about cleaning the mattress..its always encased in a mattress protector. Vacuuming it and spot cleaning does seem like a good idea!

  • Jamie H February 3, 2020, 8:08 am

    I always wash my bedding, mattress covers, and pillow covers every week in order to get rid of dust mites.
    Using lavender spray on the mattress sounds a great idea.
    I am going to have a try this week.

  • Jamie April 22, 2020, 7:11 pm

    Because of my allergy, I need to clean my mattress and pillow very often to get rid of dust mite. It is important to do so for our health. Thanks for sharing.

  • Zoe Campos January 8, 2021, 8:32 am

    I wasn’t aware that we’re supposed to watch our bedding at least once a week until you mentioned it. Even my mattress covers go unwashed for three weeks at the minimum because of my busy lifestyle. Now that I’m shopping for new mattresses, I guess it’s time for me to change this gross habit and clean them whenever I can.

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