How To Clean A Mattress

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Your mattress is the most used piece of furniture in your home. We can spend around eight hours a day on it (if we’re lucky) or even more, and good mattresses aren’t cheap, so when we invest in one, we want it to last.

Mattresses are a magnet for dead skin, debris, pet dander, dust mites and dirt. So it’s vital (especially if you suffer from allergies) to clean your mattress regularly. 

Depending on the reason for cleaning your mattress, the first step is to decide if you would like to tackle the problem yourself or if you want to call a professional mattress cleaner in Surrey, BC. 

If you’re dealing with odour, pee, blood, vomit or other bodily fluids, I’d suggest calling a professional mattress cleaner such as PetSafe Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning Vancouver first. Home solutions don’t have the heat or suction needed to extract the problem correctly.

But if you only need a light cleaning in-between your professional mattress cleanings, then these tips and tricks courtesy of PetSafe Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning in Surrey are just for you!

Supplies You Need

  1. Vacuum with an upholstery attachment
  2. An enzyme cleaner or dish soap for staining
  3. Laundry detergent
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Clean cloths
  6. Cold Water

Step 1 – Strip The Bedding

Start the cleaning process by stripping the mattress of all the sheets, blankets and pillows (check the care label first) and washing them in HOT water. There is no sense in putting dirty bedding back onto your clean bed.

Step 2 – Spot Clean Stains

After the mattress is exposed, look to see if there is any staining on it. Grab the appropriate stain remover, water and dry clothes and treat the stain as if it were a carpet. Blot and pat dry, alternating between a cold, damp cloth and a dry one. Don’t rub the stain in further. Also, be sure not to soak or overwet the mattress while cleaning it, as it will only make it worse. The goal is to use as little water as possible while keeping the mattress as dry as possible.

( Professional Carpet Cleaning Langley Tip, Use the enzyme-based cleaner for any biological stains such as pee, vomit, sweat or blood. )

Step 3 – Vacuum The Mattress

Grab your vacuum and the upholstery tool and slowly go over the entire mattress, including all the sides. Pay special attention to the seams, buttons and use the crevice tool if necessary.

Step 4 – Time To Use The Baking Soda!

Next, grab a box of baking soda and sprinkle a layer over the entire top of the mattress and don’t be shy! After the baking soda is applied, let it dwell for twelve or more hours (longer is better). What the baking soda is doing is breaking down the acid and absorbing any moisture or odour. Now open any windows in your bedroom to let the sunshine and light inside. The sun’s UV rays, along with the baking soda, will help kill any mould and bacteria on the mattress. 

Step 5 – Vacuum Again

After you let the baking soda sit a while and it worked its magic by eliminating the odours, now it’s time to vacuum it all up. Get the upholstery attachment out and extract as much of the baking soda out as you can.

Good job, you’re all done! All we recommend now is to add a good quality mattress protector to your bed. If you don’t already own one, we strongly suggest investing in it to have that extra layer of protection to help absorb moisture and staining before you damage your mattress.

If this DIY method isn’t for you, and you need a stronger, professional mattress cleaning and live in Surrey, Langley, Vancouver or surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to call PetSafe Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning at 778-798-7233.

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frequently Asked Questions

Of course not!  We are happy to clean any carpet. In fact homes with pets are sometimes in the worst condition, which makes us better suited for any job you can throw at us.

We ask that you remove as much small furniture and clutter off the floor before our arrival.  Remove any breakables off shelves that may be in the technicians way. It may also be a good idea also to give it a quick vacuum if there is a lot of debris. Don’t worry about moving your sofas, we will be happy to do that for you.

All carpet takes different amounts of time to dry depending on type and fabric and type of cleaning required but generally between 3-10 hours. 

A single area in the home includes a bedroom, hallway, sitting room, dining room or up to 14 steps. Living room / Dining room combos, rec rooms or great rooms are considered as 2 areas. 

Sorry rooms cannot be combined. Rooms with furniture and hallways can actually be more time consuming than larger areas because the dirt and soil tend to build up a lot heavier over the high traffic areas. Plus with furniture in the room we have a lot more edging to do and moving and putting furniture on protective padding.

Yes and no. We are happy to move things like sofas, coffee tables, and small furniture. Plus anything we move is placed under protective  blocks or pads. Items we do not move under any circumstances are beds, dressers, electronics, china cabinets or any other large heavy items.

PetSafe or no other carpet cleaner can ethically guarantee 100% stain or smell removal. We are trained in a variety of methods and solutions and will try to do our best, but factors such as how long the stain has been there?, is problem in the underlay?, type of carpet?, age? Also if the carpet has been protected in the past can play a huge role if a stain is removable or not. But we do have a policy that if you pay for a specialty spot removal and we cannot remove the stain you will not be charged for that service.

PetSafe stands behind our work and offers a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If there is a concern with any part of your cleaning we will be happy to come back and reattempt any areas free of charge.

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