You need to know how to clean a mattress with organic methods in order to keep harsh chemical cleaners away from your bedroom. You don't want to breathe in their fumes will you sleep.
Mattresses can get dirty on a regular basis, especially children's mattresses.
They are subjected to regular light soiling in the form of sweat and dust mites. And every now and again you will find yourself needing to remove more significant stains such as urine, vomit or blood.
Baking Soda and/or Vinegar: Baking soda can be used as a mattress cleaning agent on its own or with vinegar. By itself it is an excellent deodorizer, all you have to do is sprinkle it around the area and it will absorb the odors. Then just vacuum up the excess.
The combination of baking soda and vinegar can be used to remove stains as well as odors. Dampen the stained area with vinegar and then sprinkle baking soda over until you get a good fizzing. Allow it to sit and work its magic for a while and once it is dry just vacuum it up.
Harsh stains may require several treatments.
Borax: The theme with organic cleaning is to cover the stain with a cleaning agent, allow it to dry and vacuum it off. This is the same with borax. You need to dampen the area and then pour some on. Give it a gentle blot until the stain has been removed, then allow to dry and vacuum away.
Natural Soap: If you want to resort to soap or detergent then there are many organic plant based options you can choose from. Mix with water and rub or blot the stain gently until it starts coming out. Once you are happy with the result use water to remove any remaining residues.
You need to know the method of how to clean a mattress as well as the products you need to use.
Most stains should be blotted rather than scrubbed. Scrubbing can force the stain in deeper, where as blotting lifts the stain up. This is especially the case for bloodstains. However large stains may definitely need scrubbing as blotting will not be adequate on its own. An example of this is large and significant soiling.
Bloodstains must also be cleaned with cold water first. If you try and clean it with hot water you will make the stain set and it will be harder to remove.
When you dry your mattress it is best to leave it outside in the sun for a few hours. Any left over moisture in a mattress can easily cause mold or mildew. Moisture also assists the development of dust mite populations.
It is good practice anyway to air your mattress out and give it some sunlight on a regular basis. Direct sunlight kills bacteria and dust mites as well as ensuring all the moisture has been evaporated.