Did you just get a new bed? If so, you now realize just how expensive a new bed mattress can be. This means that you need to protect your investment by doing your best to keep your bed mattress clean. This requires some routine cleaning, besides cleaning up after any accidents. Here is how to keep your bed mattress clean:
Use a quality mattress cover. A quality mattress cover can go a long way in helping you keep your new bed mattress clean. You may be tempted to purchase a cheaper one, but don’t. Visit your local Dillard’s (or similar store) and purchase a thick, high-quality mattress cover. You’ll likely pay around $50 when you buy one at Dillard’s, but the purchase is well worth it in terms of protecting your new bed mattress from damage.
You may even want to place a plastic bed sheet underneath to protect your new bed mattress from getting soiled by blood, urine, or other. You can buy a plastic bed sheet for a reasonable price at your local Wal-Mart or your local K-Mart store. Do try to get the fitted kind so the sheet won’t wrinkle up and reduce the comfort of the bed.
Vacuum once per month. Make sure that you remove the mattress cover from your new mattress and thoroughly vacuum the mattress once per month. This will relieve your new mattress of any dry skin that has sifted through the sheets and mattress cover. Wash your mattress cover and place it back on the bed once it is fully dry.
*Make sure that the mattress cover is fully dry, even if it means that you have to lay it out for most of the day once you pull it from the dryer. If the mattress cover is still moist when you put it back on the bed, you could end up with mildew, eventually.
Remove leaked blood. If you somehow end up with blood on your mattress, don’t try to remove it with water. Absorb some Club Soda with a wash cloth and squeeze it out onto the blood spot. Let it soak it for a moment and then try to blot the liquid out. The blood should come up with the Club Soda.
*Don’t press too hard because you’ll end up forcing the blood into the fabric of your new bed mattress. Repeat the process until the fabric comes clean.
Shampoo out the urine. If you end up with urine on your mattress, don’t let it dry. Shampoo your new bed mattress while the urine is still fresh. You can use a carpet or upholstery cleaner to do this job. You may even want to put a cap of Hospital-Strength Lysol in the cleaner to help disinfect the fabric on your new bed mattress.