How to Clean & Disinfect Your Mattress

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No matter how good a mattress you buy, it will eventually succumb to the inevitable wear, staining, and odor caused by age and constant use. Mattresses used during travel—such as camper, RV, truck, and boat mattresses—are especially vulnerable to becoming dirty as you track traces of outdoor debris into such a small living space.

Regular cleaning and disinfecting are crucial to preserving the quality and maximizing the lifespan of any mattress. Follow these thorough cleaning and sanitation steps to keep your mattress fresh and healthy!

Start By Stripping the Bed

Before you tackle the mattress, you’ll need to remove all the linens covering it. Take all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and your mattress cover and throw them in the hottest cycle in your washing machine to kill the most germs.

Next, Break Out the Vacuum

After you’ve stripped the bed:

  • Use a handheld vacuum or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove all the dirt, debris, and bacteria accumulated on your mattress’s surface.
  • Flip it over to get all the crevices, then flip it back and sprinkle baking soda on the top.
  • Let the baking soda sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb the odor, then use the vacuum to remove it.

If Necessary, Perform a Deep Cleaning

For tough stains and odors, you may have to deep clean your mattress. The best way to do this is to steam clean with a handheld steamer, which allows you to use targeted heat and pressure to address problem areas. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid damaging your mattress.

Then, It’s Time to Disinfect

Once your mattress is clean, it’s time to eliminate any remaining germs and complete the sanitation process. To do this, prepare an antibacterial solution according to the instructions. Apply the solution to the entire mattress surface using a spray bottle. After spraying the mattress, gently wipe it down with a warm, wet cloth, ensuring all areas are covered.

Finally, Air Your Mattress Out to Dry

It’s important that after you clean your mattress, you allow it to dry completely before putting it back in place and redressing it with the linens. Any leftover moisture from cleaning can lead to mold growth. If possible, let your mattress air out outside under the sun, as the UV rays will kill any germs you might’ve missed. If you can’t dry it outside, open doors and windows and use fans to circulate the air.

If you’re living with an old mattress that is beyond a simple cleaning, it might be time to contact Replacement Mattress for an upgrade! Our camper, marine, truck, and sofa bed mattresses are available in custom shapes and sizes to fit the unique needs of your space and are designed to provide you with comfort and support for years to come.

Call us at (888)889-2812 or fill out our contact form to send us a message with any questions about our mattresses today!

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