Keep your sleeping environment safe and clean
Have you already steam cleaned your mattress?
According to a 2006 study about fungal contamination of bedding, researchers ascertain that our bed can contain between 4 to 17 species of fungus(1).
Besides, we can find all sorts of biological and synthetical things in our bed such as allergens, bacteria, chemicals, food, sweat, etc…
In fact, we found a way to get rid of all the dust, allergens, bacteria, and bed bugs.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to use the steam to clean your mattress by yourself.
Let’s dive right in!
For steam cleaning, you don’t need much:
These are the basics. However, if you want to take it one step further, you can also get:
Now that you have everything you need at your reach, you can begin with cleaning the mattress.
Strip your mattress from sheets, pillows, and a mattress topper, if you have one. You should be left with a completely exposed mattress.
Wash sheets, pillows, and a mattress top in a washing machine at the highest temperature possible. This will sanitize the fabric and prepare them for a clean mattress. Just keep in mind to follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions.
Take a baking soda and sprinkle it all over the mattress. Make sure you spread it equally. Baking soda will remove any odor from the mattress quickly.
This is a good option if you don’t want to use pre-mixed perfumed powders with chemicals. Also, if you notice some stains on the mattress, you can remove them with white vinegar or laundry detergent.
Just use a small amount and rub it into stains until it penetrates the fabric.
Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for at least an hour. This will allow it to eliminate any odors and oils. The time soda will set on the surface depends on the odors you’re dealing with.
If you work with some stronger smells, like urine, it will take a longer time for soda to absorb it.
However, you can leave it on the mattress even for 24 hours, especially if the smell is rough. Baking soda won’t damage the fabric at all.
You should vacuum your mattress as slow and thoroughly as you can. A big vacuum head and a hose will be quite handy through this step. You should vacuum in short strikes and leave the vacuum head longer over the areas that are in contact with the skin, like the head and legs area.
A vacuum will remove most of the dust and skin cells, so the steam can penetrate deeper into the mattress. Also, if your vacuum has a rotating brush, it will comb and dust off the mattress even better.
Every steamer that heats up to 212 °F (100 °C) will do. The higher, the better. Also, if you don’t have a steamer, use a steaming iron or a clothes steamer. You can also rent a commercial steamer for a reasonable price.
However, if you have a carpet cleaner, check the product specification, especially the temperature it’s capable of reaching. Most carpet cleaners cant reach a temperature high enough to kill bacteria in the mattress.
You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the process. Steamers usually have a tank you can fill with water, a motor you can turn on to heat the water to a certain level, and a wand for applying steam.
You should hold the wand just above the surface without touching it.
With steam, you should take long and slow strokes, allowing the steam to penetrate the mattress. The most efficient way is to start from the corner of the mattress and slowly move down with the longest strokes you can make until you cover the whole surface.
After you finish, the mattress should be a dump, not soaked. If it’s too wet, it will take longer to dry out.
If you think the steam is making the mattress too wet, hold the want a little further or regulate the amount of steam coming out.
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Run the steamer over the sides as well to ensure maximum sterilization. You should go from the top to the bottom in one long strike.
When it comes to flipping the mattress and steaming the other side, this will be necessary only if you have a double-sided one.
Then you’ll need to wait until the one side is dry, flip it over, and apply the stem on the other side too. If you never flipped your mattress, there’s no need to steam the other, already clean side.
It will take from 2 to 4 hours for all the moisture to evaporate. You can speed up the process with some fans or a hairdryer.
Also, you can open the windows and move the mattress somewhere with direct sunlight. If you have a wet/dry vacuum, you can use it to vac up all of the moisture.
However, the drying process is quite important, because you don’t want to create a moist and warm environment for future bacteria to multiply.
Before that, you need to make sure the mattress is completely dry. The best way to do that is to press it with a dry towel or hand to see if there’s any moisture coming out. Any leftover moist can lead to the molding of the mattress.
Overall, it will take you a few hours to finish steaming and drying out the mattress, but you should be able to sleep on it that same night.
As you can see, steam cleaning the mattress is a multiple-step process, but it’s very easy and effective.
However, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
If you have a small child that wets the bed sometimes, you’ll need to deep clean it more often. If you have a quality mattress topper, you’ll have to steam clean it from time to time.
Either way, to stay healthy and prevent allergens from developing in a thick mattress, you should steam clean it at least once a month, just to stay on the safe side.
Also, you can rend a commercial steamer and do it yourself. Either way, the average cost of getting your mattress steam cleaned professionally is $100.
Memory foam mattresses, as most popular nowadays, are made of polyurethane and some chemicals. In order not to damage the foam, you should keep the steam temperature on medium levels.
Check the manufacturer’s instructions to find out what temperature the mattress can handle. This way, you’ll save both the warranty and the mattress.
Pillow top mattresses are those additional paddings on the top of the mattress. They are usually thick and cozy and therefore, prone to absorbing the sweat and the dirt.
You can steam clean them as usual. Just make sure that the steam temperature matches those in manufacturer instruction.
The water bed consists of a rectangular chamber filled with water and topped with a material that keeps it all together and leak-free. The material can be made of polyester fibers and foam.
When steam cleaning this type of mattress, you need to be very careful with the temperature. Polyester fibers can shrink or brake in high temperatures, so make sure you check the warranty first.
Innerspring mattresses are supported by the system of (usually) metal springs. When steam cleaning this type of mattress, you need to make sure it drys out completely.
If not, moisture can cause the springs to rust, lose their elasticity and even penetrate the surface of the mattress.
I hope you find this guide on steam cleaning the mattresses helpful.
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