You spend one-third of your life lying on it, so why not make sure your mattress is as clean as possible.

By Caylin Harris
December 22, 2017
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If you’re lucky or don’t suffer from insomnia, you probably spend a lot of time in bed. At least eight hours a day, in fact. And buying a mattress usually requires spending a decent amount of money, so you're probably going to want to do everything you can to make your investment last. To help you get the best sleep possible and keep your beloved mattress in tip-top shape, we spoke with Debra Johnson, a home cleaning expert for Merry Maids, about the best way to clean a mattress. “Mattresses are huge, so most people get a little intimidated trying to clean it or avoid cleaning it all together,” says Johnson. But if you take a few key preventative measures and follow the simple steps below, it's not nearly as scary as you might think.

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Keep Food Out of Your Bed

While it might seem like common sense, Johnson stresses that your bed shouldn’t be a place to snack. Eating or drinking in bed greatly increases the likelihood of stains and spills—so skip it! So long, midnight snacks under the covers.

Invest in a Mattress Cover

“Taking preventive measures never hurts, so along with not eating in bed, you’ll want to invest in a mattress cover that can be removed and washed," recommends Johnson. Choose a high-quality mattress cover that's also stain repellant, so it won't be ruined if you do end up spilling your morning mug of coffee.

Give It a Deep Clean

Johnson advises that you should clean your mattress every six months. So first, you’ll want to remove and launder the cover. Then sprinkle the mattress with baking soda until the top has a thin coating on it. Let the baking soda sit for five to ten minutes, then vacuum it off using the upholstery attachment of a vacuum cleaner. This method will help freshen and deodorize.

Try a Steam Clean

Or, if you have a handheld steamer, go over the surface of the mattress. It helps to clean and remove dirt and debris. Let the mattress dry completely before putting the cover back on.

Sleep a little more soundly knowing that you’ve done the work to keep your mattress in mint condition.