Why You Should Clean Your Mattress (and How)

Woman sitting in bed drinking coffee and working on a laptop. Photo credit Andrea Piacquadio

April 2021

Sure, you regularly wash your bedding. Isn’t that enough? Almost. If you think about it, you spend countless hours on your mattress. Over time, your body lets go of all kinds of cells and scents that find their way to your mattress. If you have a pet and they spend time on your bed, they’ll add to the cells and scents that get into your mattress. And we won’t even mention what happens when you snack in bed. So, when you think about how much a mattress can cost, it’s easy to see why you should try to make yours last as long as possible. Now we probably have you wondering what’s involved in cleaning a mattress and how often you should do it?

The good news is that you don’t have to clean your mattress as often as you wash your bedding. Every six months is fine. And there’s more good news. Cleaning your mattress is actually an easy process involving a vacuum cleaner and a few supplies you probably have on hand.

  1. First, remove all the bedding. This is also a good time to wash your bedding.
  2. Vacuum the mattress, including the sides. Use your vacuum’s crevice tool to get everything out of the seams and tufting (those indentations that look like buttons).
  3. Spot clean any stains using an upholstery cleaner like Resolve or Woolite. Be careful not to over-wet the mattress or you’ll need to wait for it to dry before proceeding.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress. This will break down any acids, and remove moisture and odors. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. But longer is even better.
  5. Thoroughly vacuum up all the baking soda.
  6. If you have the type of mattress that needs to be flipped periodically to avoid uneven wear, this is a great time to do that.

Now remake your bed, hop on, and take a nap!