How to clean a mattress
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▪ Vacuum. Any mattress will last longer and promote more refreshing sleep if it’s cleaned twice a year. After removing linens, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to suck up dirt, dust, and dead skin—stuff pests are attracted to. If you’re really fastidious, you can step up the suction power with a $250 Dyson V6 specialized mattress vacuum.
▪ Spot-treat stains. Use an upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet odor remover to remove and deodorize stains. You can also try a solution of 1 tsp dish detergent to 1 cup warm water.
▪ Deodorize. A thorough refreshing takes a day, because you should sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface and let it sit 24 hours—in ample sunlight if possible. Vacuum away the baking soda when done.
▪ Protect. Add a mattress cover, and perhaps a mattress pad to absorb moisture. Both layers can help prevent pests from moving in.
Source: Consumer Reports ■