Consumer Reports: How (and why) to keep your mattress clean

Posted at 10:56 AM, Apr 05, 2019

TUCSON, Arizona — You spend about a third of your life sleeping — and sure you change your sheets but how often are you cleaning the mattress you’re sleeping on? Consumer Reports says freshening up your mattress is a good idea for many reasons.

“Cleaning your mattress is really easy to do and it can help remove dirt, dust and other allergens. Plus, it can actually help extend the life of your mattress," Consumer Reports Home Editor Dan Wroclawsk said.

First, remove all of your bedding and vacuum the ENTIRE surface of the mattress.

“You want to pay special attention to the crevices and seams of your mattress — that’s where dirt, dust, and dead skin and other icky things can collect," Wroclawsk said.

CR recommends using the crevice attachment to really get in there.

Next, treat any stains.

“You’ll want to try using an upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet odor remover. Those work well on most kinds of stains and odors," Wroclawsk said.

Next up, deodorize! Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress. CR says don’t be afraid to empty an entire one-pound box onto the mattress. Then, and this is where that time commitment comes in, leave the baking soda on for 24 hours.

“It is a little inconvenient but we recommend either sleeping in another room of your house or planning to do it while you’re away for the night," Wroclawsk said.

CR says, if you can, leave the mattress near a window. The sunlight will also add sanitizing power. And finally, after 24 hours, vacuum up the baking soda and enjoy your fresh, clean mattress.

Consumer Reports recommends cleaning your mattress twice a year and says to always use a mattress cover. Along with cleaning, these extra layers of protection will help prevent mites, fleas, and other pests from sharing your bed. And that should really help you sleep tight!