One of the key things you need to do when buying a natural Latex mattress is to make sure that you are able to keep it clean. This will not only ensure that the mattress remains fresh but will also extend the life of the mattress considerably. When cleaning your natural latex mattress it is important to make sure that you never use harsh chemicals.
Always clean your mattress by making use of natural ingredients such as cold water, baking soda, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent. Cleaning a natural latex mattress is not complicated and even the messiest mishaps can be quickly and easily cleaned using common household ingredients.
Mattress cleaning overview
Water is not harmful to natural latex, but using strong solvents is never recommended. Mild detergents or isopropyl alcohol will work well, accompanied with small amounts of cold water. Before you clean your mattress you must always try to soak up any residual liquid with a light-colored sponge or white rag. This can be done by blotting the affected area rather than rubbing. You will also need to rotate your rag as the stains or dirt lifts.
Before you set about cleaning the mess, make sure that you have left any residual dampness to completely air dry. The most effective way to do this is by allowing the mattress to air dry outside. Your natural latex mattress is completely covered and will not be subjected to direct light exposure. If you cannot place the mattress outside, use a hairdryer on a cool setting to dry the affected area.
You can easily clean and deodorize your mattress, or simply freshen it up by stripping the bedding off the mattress and sprinkling a layer of baking soda over the entire area. Leave the baking soda on the mattress for approximately 30minutes. The baking soda will draw out the dirt, and moisture. You can then simply vacuum up the residue. You can further freshen up your mattress by shaking a few drops of your favorite essential oils into the baking soda before you sprinkle it on.
Removing tough stains naturally
Tough stains such as lighter urine, dirt and blood stains can be particularly difficult to remove. Simply make use of the following concoction to remove these stains from your natural latex mattress.
– 1-2 parts hydrogen peroxide (start lightly)
– 1 part table salt and/or baking soda (optional)
To remove dirt and lighter stains, just work a small amount of the solution gently into the fabric of your mattress, and allow it to air dry. Then blot the area dry with a dry white rag and scrape off any residue.
It is recommended that you clean your mattress with a light vacuum every week. Additionally, you can deep clean the mattress every month. Doing this will ensure that your mattress stays as fresh and clean as the day you first brought it home.