Today’s post will teach you how to disinfect a mattress without using complicated industrial cleaning products. You can do it yourself mism with materials and tools available to everyone and most of us have at home, or we can find them in our usual supermarket.
And it is that there are many people affected directly or indirectly by this disease. There are also many uncertainties about how to prevent its contagion in a homemade and effective manner.
Below, we will show you a few simple steps so that you can disinfect a mattress whenever you need it. Only a few elements are necessary, straightforward to acquire.
In the following video, one of our advisors of the rest of Mattress Express explains a series of tips so that you can disinfect your mattress in a fast and effective way from now on.
All the steps we have done in the video are explained in detail throughout this post, so you do not forget any action.
Steps to disinfect your mattress
Step 1: Remove, Wash and Dry all your bedding.
The first step to complete mattress disinfection begins by removing all bedding from the mattress. This includes the duvet cover, duvet, sheets, cover or protector of your bed (if you use one), as well as pillows.
What should you wash?
It will help if you put everything you can in the washing machine. Read the labels carefully and find out about the maximum washing temperature that each garment supports.
Wash all bedding at the maximum temperature that all of them can withstand. It is best to use a detergent containing certified disinfecting agents, which guarantees the disappearance of germs and bacteria even at not very high washing temperatures.
After washing, you should let them dry completely. For those garments that allow it, you can speed up the drying process by using a dryer.
You can also hang clothes in the sun and let them air freely. Another advantage of this last drying method is that the sun’s ultraviolet rays act as a natural disinfectant. In this way, the disinfectant effect of this whole process of deep cleaning the bed that we are carrying out will be further enhanced.
Don’t forget to disinfect your pillows.
Also, check if your pillows are washable. Remember that we are disinfecting all the rest equipment and pads are probably the items that will contact the sleeper and his mouth the most.
Most fibre or down pillows are washable, but you should keep in mind some tips. If you want to wash your pillows and duvets both down properly and fibre, you can read the post ‘how to clean a duvet at home. This way, you will avoid that they do not deform after washing.
In the case of viscoelastic pillows, most models have a washable outer cover. Regarding the core, in most cases, it is protected by a thin layer of fabric, often based on TNT. For pillowcases, follow the same procedure as for the rest of the bedding, and for the part of the core covered by TNT, we recommend that you follow the same steps that we will apply to disinfect a mattress.
Step 2: Remove visible stains from your mattress
To efficiently remove stains from the mattress, we must differentiate between two types of colours:
- Dirt stains due to food, drinks… that are already dry
- Stains of biological origin such as sweat, urine, blood …
If you want to remove each of the stains from your mattress as best as possible, you must apply an appropriate treatment according to its typology.
2.1 How to remove dry stains from your mattress?
To remove dry stains from the rest surface, we will need a mixture of 2 parts of hydrogen peroxide for a piece of regular liquid soap (if possible, it, does not contain dyes, oils, or creams added).
Then put these ingredients in a jar and shake well until you get a foam. Then introduce an old and clean toothbrush, preferably with worn bristles and take the foam. Gently rub the foam obtained on the affected areas of the mattress and when we have finished, remove the remaining leftover with a clean and slightly moistened cloth.
IMPORTANT! IfIf your mattress is viscoelastic, try to use the minimum amount of foam possible since it is not advisable to excessively moisten this type of mattress due to the risk of moulds.
Still, if when you want to disinfect your memory foam mattress, you notice that it has become wetter than it should, try to dry it as soon as possible, preferably in the sun or cold air fans. Do not use hand dryers at high temperatures in any case, as this could accelerate the degradation of the viscoelastic material and even cause premature deformations on the rest surface.
2.2 How to remove stains of biological origin from your mattress?
To disinfect a mattress to the maximum, you also need to remove stains of biological origin that it may have. For this, you will need a bit enzymatic cleaner.
Nowadays, in most supermarkets, there are several options for this product. In liquid format, in spray … One of the advantages of those that incorporate a spray dispenser is that they allow greater control over the amount of product that we are going to use at all times. Although for the purpose that concerns us will be equally effective the product in any of its forms.
To begin with, the first thing we will do is spray a clean cloth with a bit of enzymatic cleaner. Then, smear the stain with the material and let it sit for 15 minutes, rubbing lightly to remove the stain. Once the product has acted, moisten another fabric with cold water and remove the excess product that may remain on the rest surface.
IMPORTANT! In no case should you spray with enzymatic sprays directly on the surface of the mattress? Doing so could cause, among other effects, that the bed gets too wet, and this is especially harmful to memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses.
Once we have removed the stains from the mattress, we must wait for the rest surface to be arid again to move forward with the next step.
Step 3: Eliminate foul odours from your mattress.
Once your mattress is free of stains, we need to proceed to its deodorization for its total disinfection. For this, you will only need conventional baking soda.
Numerous medical publications, such as the study published by the Institute of Medical Microbiology of Semmelweis University, Budapest (Hungary), have demonstrated the bactericidal effects of Sodium Bicarbonate.
We recommend getting a bottle of more than 200 grams if your mattress is double size and has a dispenser with a sprinkler.
If you do not find it in that format, you can put it in a salt shaker or boat with a plastic lid, about 33 cl capacity or higher, which you can drill, to make a controlled and uniform sprinkling on the entire rest surface.
TRICK! In this step, if you want, you can incorporate a few drops of your favourite essential oil. This will not only eliminate the foul odours that may be on your mattress but also give it your favourite aroma, which will help you enjoy a more relaxing and pleasant rest.
If your mattress does not have a powerful smell, it will be enough that we let the baking soda act for 1 hour. For more intense aromas we will let it act for longer until the smell has completely disappeared.
After this resting time, we will vacuum the mattress with the ‘brush’ accessory of the vacuum cleaner, which we will have previously cleaned in depth. You should pay particular attention in this part of the process, in those areas of the mattress that have more direct contact with the skin, such as the head and toe area.
It is precisely in these areas where there is a more significant accumulation of dead and skin cells and where there will be a greater risk of proliferation or expansion of agents harmful to our health.
Step 4: Disinfects the rest surface.
Once you have removed all the excess bicarbonate on the surface of your mattress, it is time to proceed to its total disinfection. To do this, you must get a Disinfectant Spray Spray suitable for Fabrics.
This will perhaps be the item that may be more difficult to find since with the growing demand, it is usually sold out in most stores and drugstore sections of supermarkets. However, lately, they are reinforcing the replenishment of stocks of this type of products, and as the days go by, it will be easier and easier to access them.
The main reason it is preferable to resort to disinfectants for tissues in the form of an aerosol is that we will have much greater control of the amount we add at all times. In this way, it will be more difficult to wet or moisten the surface of the mattress excessively, which is what we always try to avoid.
Of course, before pouring the product on the mattress, read the instructions carefully for use, especially those related to the ideal distance for application according to the surface type.
Once we have evenly sprayed the surface of the mattress and the sides, we will let the product dry completely before re-dressing the bed. Again, it is preferable to carry out this drying process in a clean room area, where you directly give sunlight, if possible.
Step 5: Protect your mattress.
Once the mattress is thoroughly disinfected and dry, it is time to put all the bedding back on.
But first, don’t forget to protect the mattress! It is best to use a mattress protector. There are many materials and different properties that can help you not only to cover it entirely, but to improve the quality of your rest considerably.
With a mattress protector or cover, you will create a physical barrier between the body and the mattress, which will keep mites and bacteria away from direct contact with the rest equipment. This way, when you want to re-disinfect a bed, you’ll save a few steps (such as the stain removal and deodorization process) and end up much sooner.
Step 6: Enjoy your disinfected bed.
Once you have cleaned and disinfected all the elements of your bed and you have your mattress protected, you can put your sheets and bedding back in.
We hope we have helped you in this process of how to disinfect your mattress. If you think we have forgotten any details or want to ask us any questions, do not hesitate to write us your comments.