6 Questions About Your Mattress You Always Wanted to Ask a Professional Cleaner

Well, it may be a cliche, but it’s true – we spend around 1/3 of our life in bed, so getting a high-quality mattress is a must. Maintaining your mattress in good condition is crucial to improving the quality of your sleep and your overall health. However, when it comes to information on the matter, the internet is full of nonsense and misleading advice. Some of the tips are simply funny, while others can lead to damage. So, if you want to know more about cleaning and maintaining your mattress – read on!

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Mattress Cleaning Q&A With Cleaner Cleaner Professionals

Our clients always ask us the same 6 questions when they hire us for mattress cleaning. We decided to post them here along with our answers so you get all the facts straight and have everything you need to know about mattress cleaning and maintenance in one place. Here we go!

Q: What Are the Top 5 Things That Build-up on My Mattress, and How Does It Happen?

A: Hair, skin flakes, dust, sweat and body grease are the most usual culprits for dirty mattresses. Body grease and sweat penetrate the bedding sheets and get into the mattress. 

Q: Is There Anything I Can Do to Prevent Dirt Build-ups?

A: Although we are a professional cleaning company, the first advice we have for you has nothing to do with cleaning, but with the room temperature. Keep the temperature in your bedroom relatively cool at night. This will help you sleep better and sweat less thus your bed will be cleaner. Second, change the bedding sheets regularly – once every week. The amount of sweat and body grease transferring to your mattress will be significantly lower. Last but not least, vacuum the mattress thoroughly at least once a month, ideally using a mattress vacuum. A regular vacuum cleaner will do if you don’t have one, especially if you have an attachment for upholstery.

Q: How Can I Get Rid of These Build-up Stains?

A: Most tips on the internet include using a steam cleaner. However, domestic steam cleaners will only set the stains deeper and won’t solve your problem. The best you can do to remove sweat and body grease stains is to hire a professional cleaning company. They will perform the hot water extraction procedure, also referred to as steam cleaning. The professional method ensures deep cleaning and sanitisation, provided the cleaners are experienced and use an appropriate cleaning solution.

Read also: How to Care for Your Mattress at Home

A typical example of sweat and body grease staining on a mattress (left) and after professional cleaning (right).

Q: How Often I Should Clean My Mattress, and What Are the Best Ways to Do It?

A: As we mentioned before, vacuuming your mattress once a month is a must. Another thing you can do to keep the mattress in good condition is to turn it over once a month, if it is double-sided, of course. Investing in a mattress topper is also an excellent way to prevent hair, dust and dirt from getting onto the mattress. Choose a topper that’s not too thick and can be popped in the washing machine whenever it needs cleaning. That will reduce the need for hiring professionals to clean your mattress and save you money.

Q: What Are the Mattress Stains That Require Professional Cleaning?

A: We are most often being called out to deal with stains from urine, blood, coffee, tea, and red wine. None of these can be removed by an inexperienced person using domestic stain removal products. Actually, stains that people attempted to clean before calling us are almost impossible to remove. In these cases, the initial dirt was treated with one and usually more products, which created a reaction, resulting in a complex substance set into the fibres.  

Q: What Mattress Fabric Should I Choose For Easy Cleaning and Maintenance?

A: The fabric of many mattresses nowadays is made of viscose, but we don’t recommend this fabric at all! This man-made fibre comes from the pulp of the eucalyptus tree. It looks like satin, but it is virtually impossible to fully remove once stained. We would recommend getting a mattress covered with cotton fabric – it is easier to remove stains from cotton, and this natural fibre is more breathable and provides you with better sleep.