How to Clean a Mattress
Between dead skin cells, dust mites, accidents and more, mattresses, mattress pads and mattress covers can get downright gross. Stained mattresses can be unsightly and smelly if left untreated. Rather than spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a new mattress every few years, you can get yours clean with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner.
Spot cleaning issue? No problem. Larger stains? Simple Green has you covered - plus it can be added to a carpet cleaning machine for a deep clean. A carpet cleaning extraction machine is great for removing dust mites, dead skin cells and dirt from your mattresses. If you don’t own one, they can be rented from your local hardware store.
Before you begin, be sure to check your mattress warranty for best practices, and to prevent voiding your coverage. When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first.
- Remove any solids and absorb any liquid with a paper towel.
- Mix 1 oz. of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner per 1 cup of water (a 1:8 ratio) in an empty spray bottle.
- Lightly spray the solution onto the stain. Do not oversaturate the mattress, as this can result in mold or mildew growth. Allow 1-2 minutes for the solution to penetrate the soil, without letting it dry.
- Gently rub and blot with a paper towel or damp cloth.
- Air dry before covering.
CARPET CLEANING MACHINE
Before you begin, be sure to check you carpet cleaning machine warranty.
- Mix a 1:8 ratio of Simple Green and water to fill your carpet machine's detergent reservoir. For carpet cleaning machines without a detergent reservoir, mix a 1:10 ratio of Simple Green to water in the onboard solution tank.
- Apply the solution onto the mattress in sections using the upholstery attachment on the carpet cleaning machine, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Do not oversaturate the mattress, as this can result in mold or mildew.
- For tough stains, agitate the affected area by gently brushing the area (a soft nylon brush works best).
- Extract with the carpet machine and clean water. If necessary, add a small amount of white vinegar to reduce foaming in the recovery tank.
- Allow the area to dry completely before covering.
Bonus tip: Vacuum your mattress regularly to prevent dust build-up, and flip & rotate your mattress every 3 months to help it wear more evenly.
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