How To Clean a Mattress with a Steam Cleaner

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“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”. Sleep plays a vital role in our life; it heals & repairs the heart and blood vessels. A clean mattress will provide you a better atmosphere for sleeping, as well as ensuring your wellbeing. 

Moreover, if you are irritated by the mite’s presence or worried about the bacteria infestation in the mattress, steam cleaning will be a fantastic choice. Your mattresses will also get dirty with time, and Steam cleaning will help you get rid of all the sweat, smudges, and odors. 

Before cleaning the mattress on your own, make sure you know more about the procedure. This article will give you an in-depth idea of how to clean a mattress with a steam cleaner. So, keep scrolling…

Instructions on how to clean a mattress with a steam cleaner: 4 easy steps

You should choose a top-notch steam cleaner for mattresses according to your preferences and budget.

Don’t worry! You won’t have to do steam cleaning that frequently. If you’ve mastered how to steam clean a mattress properly, it can be a part of your seasonal cleansing routine.

Before starting the steam cleaning, keep in mind that it will be a time-consuming process. Early morning steam clean will give the mattress enough time to dry. Otherwise, you will have to sleep on a soggy mattress.

Things you will require to start the steam cleaning

  1. Steam cleaner 
  2. Water
  3. Baking soda (250 ml)
  4. Vacuum cleaner 
  5. Dry towels
  6. Fan or dryer
  7. Essential oil 
  8. Vinegar 

Step 01: Preparation

Pillows and mattress toppers absorb tons of dust, sweat, and dead skin.

Before vacuuming the mattress, remove all covers, toppers, sheets, and pillows to initiate cleaning. 

Most of the pillows are safe to wash in the washing machine, clean and sanitize all the sheets and toppers.

Step 02: Removing the smell and stain

If you have a twin-size mattress, then gently spray at least 1 cup (250 ml) of baking soda all over the bed and let it stay there for an hour or two. It will soak up all the nasty scent and grease from your mattress. If there is a strong unpleasant smell, you would have to let the baking soda do its job and let it stay for a day.

Spray essential oils (lavender or eucalyptus) over the mattress, it will give it a relaxing plus pleasant smell, as well as terminating the mites. You can add a little bit of white vinegar into the baking soda, and it will help you achieve a better and effortless cleaning experience. 

Now start vacuuming the mattress, try to remove as much dust and lose fiber as possible. In the bed, where you rest your head and feet regularly, get in contact with your skin and absorb lots of dead skin cells and dirt, so you should vacuum those places properly. It is crucial to clean all the dust and micro debris to achieve deep and effective steam cleaning.

Step 03: Cleaning with Steamer

Before buying a steam cleaner, please check its heating capacity. It should be able to heat water up to the temperature of 213° F or 100° C. If it’s capacity to heat the water is lower than that, it won’t be able to kill the bacteria effectively.

You should read the user manual to understand all the instructions properly. To start cleaning with the steam cleaner, you will have to fill the tank with water and switch on the heating system.

Adjust the steam releasing knob, keep it at a moderate level; too much heat might damage your mattress fiber. Please don’t overdo the steaming; otherwise, your mattress will become soggy and it will take a long time to dry.

For deep steam clean run the steamer slowly throughout every corner of the mattress. If you have a one-sided mattress then no need to worry about the underside. If the mattress is flippable, you should let one side dry entirely before steaming the other side.

Step 04: Drying the mattress 

Let the mattress dry for 3 to 5 hours, use a dryer or a fan to speed up the drying process. Use dry towels to soak up extra moisture. If you have sufficient access to sunlight, then sun-drying the mattresses is a good idea.

After the mattress is completely dry, wrap it up with a clean sheet. I would recommend you not to sleep on a moist soggy mattress.

Tips and tricks to maintain a clean mattress 

  • Using a mattress protector will save you from the trouble of frequent deep cleaning. It’s machine washable and help to keep your mattress clean
  • Sundry your mattresses as often as you can. Sunlight will dry the moisture as well as removing all the molds.
  • Keep your bedroom temperature at a suitable level so that you don’t sweat that much. Your Sweat is one of the main reasons behind the mattresses getting dirty.

Safety precaution 

A steam cleaner can release pretty hot steam, almost up to 250° F or 122° C. So, handle it with care and keep it out of reach of children.

If you clean your mattress with an overwhelming amount of steam, it will get moist and has a high chance of developing mold and various types of fungus, which will eventually worsen your allergic condition.


‘A healthy mind lives in a healthy body’ and to maintain a healthy body you need proper relaxing sleep. Steam cleaning is the most environmentally-friendly way to clean your mattress, ensuring you a healthy sleep.

After reading this article, I hope you have gained enough insight on how to clean a mattress with a steam cleaner. The in-depth understanding will help you with an efficient and comfortable cleaning experience. 

Sophie Turner
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