Mattresses get a LOT of use. If you're getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, your spending 8 hours out of every 24 on it. That's 56 hours a week, 240 hours a month, or an incredible 2,920 hours a year. To put that into perspective for you, the average person only spends 2,080 hours a year at work.
All of that time, while well spent, can put some serious wear and tear on your mattress. Even worse, it can leave it absolutely filthy, regardless if you use sheets or not. An occasional spill here, a little dirt there... sometimes you won't even realize your mattress is dirty, because the dirt is at a microscopic level.
While it isn't necessary to clean your mattress weekly, nor even monthly, you should give it a good thorough cleaning once or twice a year to keep all of the unwanted germs from building up. This can help keep you happy, healthy, and sleeping great.
Step One: Strip The Bed
Before you can properly clean your mattress, you will need to strip the bed completely. Remove all pillows, blankets, and sheets so that the mattress is completely exposed.
Step Two: Sprinkle with Carpet Powder
Using carpet powder is a wonderful trick that can be used on any material surface. You'll want to check for one that isn't harmful to humans, however. Although you'll be vacuuming it up thoroughly, it's always nice to be safe. There are plenty of organic, all-natural carpet powders on the market. Do a little research to find which one best suits your personal preferences.
Step Three: Vacuum Thoroughly
After you have let the carpet powder sit for thirty minutes to an hour, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to get up all of the carpet powder. If you don't have an upholstery attachment, you can also use a shop vac or a hand-held vacuum of any kind. Take your time to ensure you don't miss anything, and pay special attention to any cracks or indents.
Step Four: Febreeze It
Once you are sure you have vacuumed up all of the carpet powder, take a little bit of Febreeze and lightly spray your mattress. This will leave your mattress with a fresh, clean smell, and helps to get rid of any deep-down dirt or dust. Allow the Febreeze to dry fully before moving on to step five. It should be dry within half an hour, maximum, so long as you don't overdo the spray.
Step Five: Remake It
Now that your mattress is fresh, clean, free of dirt and dust, you have reached the final step - remaking the bed. Use clean sheets, pillow cases, and blankets, so as to not immediately re-contaminate your mattress. While your cleaning your mattress, why not spray your pillows down with some Febreeze and throw them in the dryer for a few minutes? This kills the dust and germs that have been built up in them as well so that you can have a fully clean bed, for the best night's sleep possible!