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How To Clean A Child’s Mattress

How To Clean A Child’s Mattress

Nobody enjoys cleaning mattresses, but from time to time, you’ll need to clean your child’s mattress. This is especially the case if your child has an accident in the night, but even if they don’t it’s still important to give your bed a spruce-up from time to time. We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so it makes sense to keep the space hygienic.

Whether there’s a smell or stain you need to get rid of, or whether your child’s mattress could simply benefit from a refresh, here are some top tips to help you keep yours in the best condition.

Cleaning A Stain-Free Mattress

If you’re cleaning a mattress that has no obvious stains, the process is quite quick and simple. Follow these easy steps:

  • Take off the bedding and wash it.
  • Check for any stains.
  • Vacuum the mattress’ surface using an upholstery vacuum attachment. (Make sure you’ve cleaned the attachment before beginning). Give the mattress a once over vacuum and then focus on any nooks or crannies in its surface so all the dead skin and dust is vacuumed away. Vacuum both sides of the mattress.
  • Vacuum under the bed to make sure all the dust is gone. This is particularly important if your child has allergies.
  • Rotate the mattress or flip it over.
  • Allow the mattress to air for a couple of hours with the window open so fresh air can circulate through the room.
  • Put clean bedding on the bed, putting a mattress protector under the sheet so the mattress can be protected from sweat and dirt.

Cleaning Stains From A Mattress

If there are stains on your child’s mattress, you’ll need to take time to get rid of them before remaking the bed. Make sure you check the label of the mattress first though before applying cleaning products. Whatever cleaning solution you use, make sure you only apply a small amount to a tiny area of the stain to ensure that it won’t damage your mattress.

Blood stains can be removed with cold water, or with baking soda added to water. Apply the paste to the blood stain, leave for half an hour, then dab the stain with fresh water until the stain is removed. Leave the mattress to dry.

Urine can be removed from a mattress by diluting some washing-up liquid in warm water and dabbing the stain with a sponge or cloth. Since mattresses aren’t waterproof, you’ll need to clean steadily and slowly. An upholstery cleaner may be used if the washing-up liquid doesn’t work, but it should be diluted rather than sprayed direct onto the surface.

Making Mattress Cleaning Easy

Cleaning a mattress isn’t the most fun job, but you can make it easier for yourself by keeping everything you need to change the bed close at hand. An ottoman in the bedroom is a great place to store fresh bedding within easy reach so you can make the job quicker and easier.