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Our mission is to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect sleep products.
We've dedicated hundreds of hours to testing mattresses and sleep accessories, and rely on a team of testers of differing weights, temperature preferences, and sleeping positions to evaluate each product.
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What to use to clean a mattress
Sometimes life gets messy, and that means mattresses do too.
From spills to sweat, there are lots of things that can leave marks on your mattress.
The good news is that you can clean your mattress.
Let's dive into what you need to know before you get cleaning. 🤔
Types of mattress cleaners
Depending on the dirt or stains you're cleaning, you'll want to use different cleaning tools and products.
If you're dealing with general dust, dead skin cells or dust mites, the best thing to clean a mattress is a vacuum.
However, you'll want a stain remover if you're hoping to eliminate stubborn stains. 🍷
Most of these products come in handy-to-use mattress cleaning spray.
Alternatively, steam cleaners can come in handy for managing particularly tough dirt and stains.
The heat can even help to kill dust mites.
But if you have a memory foam mattress, you'll want to avoid using steam since water can cause damage.
Preventing mattress stains
While professional products can remove tough mattress stains, it's usually easier to prevent them in the first place.
Mattress protectors are the most affordable and effective way of stopping stains from occurring. ⛔
They act as a barrier between your mattress and the outside world.
Most mattress protectors are waterproof and easy to wash if stained.
Plus, it's much cheaper to replace a mattress protector than a mattress in case of stains that just won't budge.
Our favourite mattress protectors will ensure your mattress stays in tip-top shape.
Our favourite mattress protectors:
Best mattress cleaners to remove dirt
The frequent use that mattresses endure means they're bound to get dirty over time, especially if you're not using a mattress cover and protector.
Dust, dirt, dust mites, pet hair, dead skin cells, mould, and mildew will gradually gather.
Unfortunately, an excess of these things can lead to allergen build-ups or even trigger asthma attacks. 🤧
If your mattress is stained, you'll also need to remove any dirt before using cleaning solutions.
The first step to dealing with accumulated dust and dirt is to vacuum.
Use a vacuum fixed with an upholstery attachment to quickly remove any debris. 🤩
While you can use any vacuum, a handheld or lightweight device will be the easiest to manoeuvre.
We recommend trying the Dyson V8 for this.
It's powerful and perfect for removing even stubborn dirt.
Cleaning a mattress with steam
If you're dealing with particularly ingrained dirt or dust mites, it's worth steam-cleaning your mattress.
The heat from steam can penetrate the surface, killing dust mites and breaking down stains. 💪
You can use a steamer or the steam function on your iron.
But be careful not to let droplets of water gather.
Don't use a steamer if you have one of the following:
You should be okay to use steam (carefully) if you have a spring mattress.
Just make sure you check your mattress labels before trying this.
If you want to try a steam cleaner to kill bacteria and dust mites in your mattress, we suggest trying the customer-favourite Phillips Steam and Go.
How to choose a mattress cleaner
Ultimately, there are two critical questions to ask when selecting a mattress cleaner.
These questions are:
- What do you want the mattress cleaner to do?
- What type of mattress do you have?
It's always best to check your mattress label to see if there are any cleaning products you should avoid. 🏷️
We also suggest doing a patch test before using any mattress deep cleaner products.
All the mattress stain removers we recommend can eliminate stains, kill bacteria, and manage odours.
The Ecover Stain Remover is best if you're looking for something eco-friendly. 🌳
But you may prefer the MPC Eradicate if you want a mattress cleaner spray to deal with stains that you shouldn’t rub in, including blood.
Alternatively, the Dr Beckmann Stain Remover may be a better fit if you want something that smells nice and comes with a handy brush applicator for ingrained stains.
Our favourite mattress cleaners:
Should you buy a mattress cleaner?
Mattresses aren't cheap.
Luckily, you can easily remove most build-ups of dirt, odours, and stains. ✨
The best way to clean a mattress is to use specifically formulated mattress cleaners.
It's well worth having a mattress cleaner at home, considering how little it costs.
We also recommend grabbing a mattress protector to avoid issues and for easier cleaning.