How to Disinfect a Mattress

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Select commercial spaces may have mattresses and beds in the workplace - be it the space being used as a mattress showroom, or the office allows employees to take a break between work shifts. Hospitals, clinics, and some daycare centers also have beds for commercial use, which will need to be cleaned during intervals.

Dust mites, mattress stains, and dirt can make a mattress look unkempt, and if your workplace shows off these beds, then they will indicate the overall cleanliness of your space. For instance, patients will not have the best impression of a hospital bed riddled with blood stains, and sweat stains on the office mattress is off-putting for anyone looking to take a break. 

Learn how to clean and disinfect the entire mattress to get rid of any stains, bed bugs, and germs without damaging the mattress material. 

When to Disinfect and Clean Your Mattress?

Depending on the number of people using the mattress daily, these beds can get particularly dirty. In mattress stores, clients are often allowed to test out the comfort of the mattress before they buy. These places should be disinfecting their mattresses often, especially after a client has tried out the material. 

Clinics and hospitals should be changing the bedding after every patient, and disinfecting the mattress thoroughly as well. Offices that provide beds, as such the case with night shift work, do not regularly clean the mattresses as these are limited to the office employees, but disinfection is still a must to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. 

Generally, you should disinfect a mattress after every use, while the mattress must be washed every 2-3 months. Stains should be removed immediately, and the mattress pad should be deodorized regularly to keep it fresh. Don't wait until the mattress starts to break down before cleaning it! 

For your own safety, it is a good idea to disinfect the surface of the mattress first, and use your own bedding when using a mattress that you're not sure of its cleanliness. Consider bringing a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol to disinfect the entire surface of the bed before using. 

How to Disinfect the Mattress

Step 1: Clean and Deodorize the Mattress

The first step is to deodorize and clean the mattress surface. Sprinkle baking soda all over the entire mattress, and allow it to deodorize any odors, and dry any moisture as well. Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour, then use a vacuum cleaner to remove excess baking soda. 

Step 2: Spot Clean Mattress Stains

Spot clean a mattress using a homemade solution of vinegar, baking soda, and a few drops of liquid laundry detergent diluted in water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and use it as a stain remover to clean out any visible spots. Soak the spot in the vinegar and baking soda solution, and use a towel to blot out the stain. 

Let the soaked areas dry, and run a damp cloth over the surface to remove any remaining residue and dust. Be careful when cleaning a memory foam mattress as the material may disintegrate with too much pressure or force. Avoid soaking a memory foam mattress with the vinegar solution. 

Step 3: Use a Deep Cleaning Disinfectant

Disinfect your mattress with a steam cleaner. Steam cleaning will kill any mites and bugs, as well as lift out stains, and get rid of any bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in the mattress. Run the steam through the surface a couple of times to ensure the mattress is disinfected. 

Alternatively, you can use a spray of pure or diluted hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the mattress. Spray the solution all over the mattress, soaking it with the disinfectant, and allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit on the mattress to clean it. 

Step 4: Let it Dry

Let the mattress dry completely. Face a fan directly onto the mattress, and open the windows to introduce proper ventilation in the room. You'll know when the mattress is fully dry when you punch down the mattress, and it isn't even the least bit damp.

Step 5: Wash the Mattress Regularly

Schedule a deep cleaning for your mattresses regularly, even if you use mattress protector. Professional cleaners will know how to deep clean your mattress to bring back that freshness and cleanliness that will remove odors and stains. 

Consider Luce Office for all your office cleaning needs. Our experienced cleaners are happy to assist you with any cleaning tasks around the office, and our thorough cleaning and disinfection services will ensure each and every spot in your office is completely cleaned and sanitized! 

How to Keep Your Mattress Clean

There are a couple of ways to keep your mattress pristine, especially when you're considering a mattress in a commercial space. Keeping the mattress disinfected is the key to preventing the spread of germs, which is crucial now more than ever! 

  • Use a protective sheet, mattress cover, or bed sheets to prevent any dust, dirt, or stains seeping into the mattress.
  • Cover the mattress when not in use.
  • Change bed sheets frequently - the more often, the better.
  • Clean sweat stains regularly to prevent them from causing mold and mildew.
  • Steam clean the mattress daily, or use a spray disinfectant to clean the mattress.
  • Deodorize with baking soda at least once a week. 

For more tips and tricks on cleaning office furniture, check out our blog. Additionally, if you need office disinfection services, feel free to contact us!

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