Top Tips for How to Clean a Mattress (and How Often!)

Jill Holtz

January 26, 2021

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We spend many years sleeping on our mattresses but apart from changing sheets regularly, how often do you really clean your actual mattress?

With kids this can become an even more important task if there is any bedwetting or spills, so read on to find out just how to clean a mattress:

How to Clean a Mattress

The good news is, cleaning your mattress isn’t difficult! Incorporate it into a regular routine with these simple tips.

Another important aspect to get the most out of your mattress is to turn it, if needed. Some mattresses need to be flipped, usually 2-3 times a year, while others just need turning top to bottom.

So grab your vacuum cleaner and some baking soda to get started!

To get started, strip off the bed linen from your mattress.

Vacuum the surface of your mattress using the upholstery attachment. Work your way across the mattress in overlapping paths to cover the whole surface.

Clean the seams and edges, you can use the crevice attachment of your hoover for getting into those awkward spots.

Sprinkle baking soda over the top of your mattress and leave for a few hours. The longer you can leave it the better.

Come back to your mattress and vacuum the surface of the mattress one more time.

If you have any stains on the mattress, you can make this quick cleaning mixture to help:

Make a Cleaning Mixture to Clean Stains Off Your Mattress

You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide/bleach
  • Lavender essential oil (optional)
  • A spray bottle


  1. Mix one-part baking soda to two-parts hydrogen peroxide inside your spray bottle.
  2. Add a couple of squirts of dish soap.
  3. Then add a few drops of lavender essential oil. The lavender oil isn’t for cleaning but it does help to make your mattress smell nice.
  4. Shake the contents well.
  5. Spray the stain and rub gently with a damp cloth.
  6. Let the mattress air dry for a couple hours.
  7. If any dry solution remains on top of the mattress, you can vacuum that up.

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How Often Should I Clean My Mattress?

how to clean your mattress

Consider buying a mattress protector to help cover your mattress and keep it cleaner. Look for one that is waterproof and hypoallergenic.

Washing your mattress protector at least once a month will help to keep it fresh, and then you can do your deep vacuum clean 2-3 times a year when flipping/turning the mattress.

However, if you don’t use a mattress protector, you should consider cleaning your mattress every month to remove dead skin cells and dust mites that accumulate.

If you like using a mattress pad or mattress topper to make your bed softer, you should put that between the mattress protector and your fitted sheet.

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