How To Clean A Smelly Mattress And Keep The Smell From Coming Back

Posted on: 6 April 2016

Is there an odor coming from your mattress? After years of you sweating in bed, it's no surprise that your mattress has started to smell more like old gym shorts than a field of daisies. Luckily, there is something you can do about the unpleasant scent. Follow these steps to get rid of the odor and keep it from coming back again.

Step 1: Remove any distinct stains or spots.

If there's a stain, it is probably contributing to your mattress's odor. Obtain a bottle of pet stain remover, and use it as directed to treat the spots on your mattress. (Even if the stains are not from a pet, these cleaners are great at removing stinky scents from urine, sweat and the like.) Generally, what you'll need to do is spray the spot with the cleaning product, wait a few minutes, and then blot up the liquid with a clean towel. You may need to repeat these steps a few times if the stain lingers after the first spray-and-blot session.

Step 2: Remove lingering odors with baking soda.

Take a big box of baking soda, and sprinkle it all over the mattress. Be generous -- you really cannot use too much. Let the baking soda sit for at least 2 hours. Overnight is even better. The baking soda will absorb any odors that are left in the mattress. After it has had plenty of time to sit, vacuum it up using the hose attachment for your vacuum. Then, flip the mattress over, and treat it with baking soda in the same manner.

Step 3: Spray the mattress with fabric freshener.

You can skip this step if you like, but it really does give your mattress a final blast of freshness. Spray the entire mattress with a fabric freshening product. Just a quick spritz will do since you've already removed most of the odors in the last two steps.

Step 4: Apply a mattress cover.

You want a mattress cover that is made from plain, breathable cotton. The plastic kind will only make odors worse by trapping in any moisture and perpetuating mold growth. The cotton mattress cover will help keep future sweat from leeching into the mattress. Launder it every two or three weeks to keep odors at bay. You can always give your mattress a quick sprinkle of baking soda (vacuuming it up later) at the same time that you launder the mattress cover. For additional help with the mattresses in your home, contact a business that sells mattress accessories.