If you’re ever feeling the need to kill some time at home, why not try to steam clean your mattress? When was the last time you did so anyway?
Steam cleaning is known to be a quick eco-friendly process to deodorise, sanitise and help protect your mattress by eliminating toxins that encourage beds bugs and bacteria to breed in it.
All you need is a standard vacuum attached to a hose and a steam cleaning machine that can be purchased in the market in order to follow the steps below.
Bear in mind that not every mattress out there is fit enough to go through the process. Best to study the warranty terms or manual guide carefully regarding the texture of the mattress if it can resist a good steam clean — so you know your bed is actually fresh the next time you take the plunge.
First things first. The bed needs to be free from its sheets, blankets, mattress topper and pillows including books, phone, iPad, toffee wrappers and anything else you have left there before steam cleaning mattress.
Send your bedding for a good wash and dry session. The safest and natural solution would be a nice medium heat steam but stay away from over damaging the elastic sides of your mattress.
A good dose of baking soda can help with deodorising the mattress and removing any odours. This can be done with adding a few drops of perfumed essential oils added into the mix. To make sure all the oils and smells are deeply penetrated into the mattress, you need to let the soda sit for at least an hour or more.
Once the mattress has been entirely deodorised by the baking soda, it’s time to gently run the vacuum with the hand attachment to free it from loose particles. This is important because the mattress needs to be free from dirt before steam cleaning begins.
Next, safely fill up and heat the steamer’s tank according to the amount of water required. You can then apply the steam using slow strokes as long as it doesn’t the mattress. Press the steam iron where you think it needs extra attention. Although it shouldn’t be too damp, leave the mattress to dry for about 3-4 hours until it is completely dry to cover up with the bedding. If you don’t spot a moist like surface which can lead to mould growth, then you should be able to sleep on the same day it is ready.