How to wash your mattress

A mattress does not fit in the washing machine - mostly anyway. What options are there for getting the mattress clean? Find out how to wash your mattresses here.

Ways to wash a mattress

When washing the mattress, there is the problem that quickly too much moisture penetrates into the interior. It must escape before re-sourcing, otherwise mold may form. Therefore, it is advisable to wash the mattress with as little water as possible or even without moisture:

  • Dry cleaning of the mattress: This method is useful if the mattress has no stains, but only smells unpleasant or you want to reduce mites and bacteria.
  • Moisturizing the mattress: The wet cleaning is activated when the mattress has stains. How to do this, we explain in this guide.
  • Cleaning the mattress with a wet vacuum cleaner: cleaning with the wet vacuum cleaner is also conceivable, but you will then have to expect a long drying time.

Here's how to step by step how to dry your mattress dry or with a wet vacuum cleaner.

Clean mattress dry

  • soft brush
  • vacuum cleaner
  • bicarbonate of soda
  • essential oil (optional)
  • cotton ball

1. Suction

Vacuum your mattress with a soft vacuum cleaner at the lowest level.

2. Apply soda

Sprinkle generously soda on the bed. Soda disinfects, acts odor-neutralizing, antibacterial and fungicidal. Carefully work it with a soft brush. Let the powder work for at least 20 minutes.

3. Suction

Suck off the soda.

4. Provide a pleasant scent (optional)

Put a few drops of essential oil of your choice (preferably something soothing such as lavender) on a cotton ball and dab off the mattress, especially in the head area.

Tips & Tricks

If you do not want to vacuum your mattress, you can alternatively knock it out - but only outdoors!

Wash the mattress with the wet vacuum cleaner

  • wet vacuum cleaner
  • Patience and time
  • absorbent cloths
  • Mild detergent

1. Vacuum the mattress

Remove the sheets and vacuum your mattress first to remove any debris, hair, lint and other dry contaminants.

2. Treat stains

If the mattress is dirty, you should pretreat the stains. How you treat which stain, you can read here.

3. Wet clean mattress

Place the cleaning agent in the container provided as described in the instructions for use of the wet vacuum cleaner.

Suck off the mattress once evenly. It is not advisable to repeat the procedure, as otherwise too much moisture gets into the mattress.

4. Dry the mattress

Rub the mattress with absorbent cloths as dry as possible.

5. Let it dry

Then place it vertically against the heater or in the sun and let the mattress dry for at least 24 hours.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to provide more hygiene with less effort in your bed, just create a mattress cover. This is washable and protects the mattress from dirt and moisture.

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