Bedbugs and Dust Mites and Stains! Oh my!

Speed Cleaning - 4 Steps to a Clean Mattress4 Steps to a Clean Mattress

Even if you’re skeptical about the long-standing claim that the average mattress doubles in weight after ten years (Snopes has an article on this claim), giving your mattress a good cleaning every so often is a great idea. Here are 4 easy steps to do just that:

  1. Vacuum all sides of the mattress thoroughly with the upholstery brush and the crevice attachments, being sure to get into the grooves at the seams.
  2. Inspect the mattress as you vacuum for rips and open seams. If possible, sew or repair damaged areas. You can find curved upholstery needles and heavy-duty thread in fabric stores.
  3. Steam-clean all sides of the mattress to kill allergens, viruses, bacteria, mold, bedbugs, and dust mites along with their eggs. Be sure to steam the seams well. To kill bedbugs and eggs, the steamer must produce a constant vapor greater than 120°F. Refer to your particular cleaner’s instructions for the most appropriate attachment to use. Move at the rate of about 1 inch per second – you want to be thorough but not actually get the material wet.

Speed Cleaning - Vapamore MR-100 Primo SteamerSpeed Cleaning is proud to carry the Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steamer, awarded the Consumers Digest Best Buy rating. The Vapamore cleans and sanitizes without chemicals, operates about 60 minutes per tank of water, and reaches 210° – 220°F.

     4.  Spot-clean stains, if necessary, after using the steamer. Be careful not to absolutely saturate the area – you may get the stain out of the fabric but end up with a mold problem. Memory foam mattresses tend to absorb liquid even deeper and therefore should have very minimal cleaning solution used. If you’re going to be cleaning both sides of a mattress, remember to allow time for the first side to thoroughly dry before cleaning the other side. Again – you don’t want to end up with mold.

Try this homemade stain treatment for the most common mattress stains (bodily fluids):

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

3 tablespoons baking soda

1 or 2 drops dish soap

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, spray stains and blot (press firmly) with a clean, dry cloth as you go. You can gently agitate the stain with a toothbrush if necessary before blotting.

If you want a little more power in your cleaner, check out Speed Cleaning’s Stain Gobbler and Stain Assassin, both good choices for treating mattress stains as well as other surfaces around the house.

Allow the mattress to thoroughly dry on all sides before putting bed linens back on. You may even choose to start using a mattress protector after all your hard work. And then you should be ready for a great night’s sleep in your fresh, clean bed. Sweet Dreams! Zzzzz

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