How to clean your mattress

Climbing into bed and snuggling under freshly laundered sheets is one of life’s great pleasures.

However, while cleaning our sheets and bedding is something we do regularly (or should do at least!), cleaning our mattress can sometimes get forgotten about.

TEMPUR looks at the best ways to clean your mattress to help keep it fresh and make it last longer…

Why is it important to clean your mattress?

As we spend around eight hours a night sleeping on our mattress, it’s important we thoroughly clean them from time to time to ensure that we aren’t lying in dirt, or worse, lying with unwanted company.

Tiny, harmless insects such as dust mites live amongst us all and mattresses provide the perfect home for them. Cleaning your mattress will reduce the number of these, as well as removing stains that have accumulated over time.

Sweat, along with dirt, oils and chemicals from toiletries can all live on our mattress, duvet and covers. It’s important to keep bedding clean, including the mattress, as it will prolong the lifespan of the mattress.

If you DON’T have a TEMPUR mattress…

Cleaning your mattress is a multi-stage process and, while it may seem like a lot of work, it will be worth it in the long run:

  1. Strip the bed – remove all of your bedding and wash sheets and covers in hot water
  2. Vacuum your mattress – after removing all bedding, vacuum both sides of your mattress with the hose attachment to get rid of dust, mites and other dirt collected on the surface
  3. Remove stains – use a clean cloth to blot any stains and try to absorb the spill
  4. Vacuum your mattress with an attachment to remove any surface dirt such as hair
  5. Invest in a washable mattress protector – this will protect your mattress from any future damage

Another effective method is to steam your mattress, which provides a deep clean and is great for removing stains. However, be sure to let your mattress dry before putting the sheets back on.

If you DO have a TEMPUR mattress…

You’re lucky, as TEMPUR uses environmentally friendly bacterium reducing components, which prevent bacterial and fungal growth, so the mattress itself needs little maintenance.

Each TEMPUR mattress comes with a removable cover, and many of these are machine washable. Simply remove the cover and follow the instructions on the label. It’s usually recommended to wash at 60 degrees.

The mattress covers that are not machine washable are:

  • Original Deluxe 22 and 27
  • Cloud Deluxe 22 and 27
  • Sensation Deluxe 22 and 27

If you have these mattress covers, air them regularly to help keep your mattress clean.

The TEMPUR-FIT mattress protector, which is complementary with every mattress, is essential for those covers that cannot be washed and will help protect your mattress from spills.

However, the TEMPUR material cannot be washed, sponged or dry-cleaned. Avoid getting the mattress wet or damp to prolong its lifespan. If any liquid is spilled directly onto it, or onto a cover that cannot be washed, use towels to soak up as much as possible.

We also have extensive advice on caring for your TEMPUR mattress on our site to help make the most of your mattress and prolong its life.

Do you have any tips on how to clean your mattress? How often do you do it? Let us know in the comments below…

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