How to Clean Mattresses With Steam

Written by heather montgomery
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How to Clean Mattresses With Steam
A clean mattress can reduce your home's allergens. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cleaning your mattress should be on your monthly deep cleaning schedule. The average human sheds a whole layer of skin in one month. These skin cells can make your mattress smell and look dirty, not to mention the spills, sweat and dirt that can get onto the mattress. Another factor to consider about your mattress is dust mites. These mites are not visible to the human eye and feed on dead skin cells within your mattress. It is estimated that a typical mattress contains between 10,000 and 10 million dust mites. To properly clean your mattress, the use of steam is an effective choice.

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    Remove your mattress from your bed frame and lean it against a wall.

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    Fill your steam cleaner with hot water.

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    Turn the steam machine on. Allow the water time to vaporise; many steam cleaners have a ready light that illuminates when the machine begins to produce steam.

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    Attach the carpet or upholstery attachment to your cleaner, if one is available.

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    Run the steam over the mattress in a slow, back-and-forth motion. Continue until you have covered the entire mattress.

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    Flip the mattress over and clean the other side. Clean the sides, top and bottom of the mattress.

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    Allow the mattress to dry at least eight hours before placing it back on your bed frame. If the mattress is still damp after eight hours, allow it to dry completely before placing it back on the frame.

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    Wash your bedding in hot water while waiting for the mattress to dry.

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