Cleaning a mattress protector can be an intimidating task. There are so many different types of protectors out there, and they all seem to have their own set of instructions on how to clean them. Ensuring every few sheet washes you clean your protector is a great way to proactively fight the build up of allergens and dust mites.
We've rounded up the most common questions that we get asked with regards to cleaning our bamboo mattress protectors and compiled them into an easy to follow guide with answers for everything!
Disclaimer: Please read the washing instructions supplied by the manufacturer of your protector. Our guide has universally accepted techniques that we have tested extensively for our bamboo protectors. We cannot account for every product so it always errs on the side of caution to check. This will also avoid any warranty voiding issues as well.
How to hand clean a mattress protector
The best way to keep your mattress protector in the best possible condition is to wash it manually. For bamboo protectors, this will be enough to preserve its longevity.
1. Prepare mattress protector
The first step to cleaning a mattress protector is removing it from the bed. Use a vacuum cleaner and clean the sides of the mattress protector, being sure to reach into any creases or corners. If you have a fitted sheet on your bed, remove as well and vacuum underneath for added cleanliness!
2. Use a damp cloth and warm water with baking soda
Once the mattress protector has been removed and vacuumed, use a damp cloth (or paper towel) and warm water with baking soda.
Baking soda is a great home remedy for tough stains and smells that have set in over time. It's especially helpful for absorbing sweat! Simply use a spray bottle and apply a fine mist of water to any areas you want to spot clean. Sprinkle with baking soda and leave for a few hours to absorb any stains. Use paper towels to carefully clean up any residue.
Tip: If you have some really stubborn stains, use a little of the baking soda and water mixture to scrub at the spot for around ten minutes. The ingredients will create an abrasive paste that can lift dirt out from under your fingernails or between fabric fibres as well as help dissolve oils in order to break down any stubborn stains.
Extra Tip: Don't forget that you'll need to flip over the mattress protector for complete coverage!
3. Allow it to air dry for 24 hours
Once you're satisfied with the mattress protector's cleanliness, allow it to air dry for at least 24 hours before placing it back on your mattress.
Remember: make sure not to leave any vacuum lines or marks in order to prevent dust from becoming trapped in the fibres!
How to machine wash a mattress protector
For those in a rush and want to simply use a washing machine, we have you covered.
1. Prepare the mattress protector and spot cleaning
Similarly to above, remove from bed and vacuum both sides of the protector to remove any dust and dirt.
If you want to go an extra step further you can use baking soda beforehand for spot cleaning. Refer to the method from step 2 above.
Tip: Toss a scoop of baking soda into your washer to act as an odour remover for any smells that might have seeped in during use.
Avoid: If you're using sheet softeners or dryer balls make sure they are fragrance-free to avoid adding odours back. Sometimes people like to add essential oils but its not recommend. If you want a nice smell finish, we recommend you use a linen mist spray on your made bed rather than applying scent to the protector.
2. Place the mattress protector in a laundry bag
Put the mattress protector in a laundry bag and place it in the washing machine. If you don't have a laundry bag, you can use an old pillowcase and put the mattress protector inside. This helps to prevent catching on other items in the washing machine while it's being washed.
3. Wash on a delicate cycle with cold water
Wash the protector on a gentle cycle with cold water for 15 minutes or until clean. This will help to protect it from any wear and tear during this process. It's important that you do not use hot water since it can shrink or damage the material that is used for mattress protectors.
We recommend to use a mild laundry detergent (with no builders) and to completely avoid using any harsh chemicals or bleach.
Note: If you do, it won't necessarily ruin your protector but it will shorten the longevity of the natural materials.
Remove from washer after done and place on dryer rack to air dry
Remove the mattress protector from the washer and lay it onto a dryer rack in order to dry. It may take up to 24 hours for your protector to completely dry, so plan accordingly!
FAQ: How To Clean Mattress Protector
Can a waterproof mattress protector go in the dryer?
It is not recommended to put a waterproof mattress protector in a tumble dryer. It will likely damage it and make it less effective at its job, but if you must then be sure to use a low heat setting and the the protector is originally washed in cold water.
How often should I wash my mattress protector?
A good rule of thumb is to wash your protector every couple months or once a month for those who sweat excessively.
What are the benefits of having one? A clean and dry surface assists with keeping dust, dirt, mould spores and other allergens off your skin. Not only that, but it helps keep you cooler at night by allow airflow from underneath your mattress.
Can I use the same steps for washing my mattress topper?
Short answer is it depends on the filling. Memory foam mattress toppers and pillows you cannot machine wash, only spot clean. Water soaking into the foam comprises the foam. Which is why we recommend you use a protector over your topper. Some people use a mattress topper as a protector but unfortunately most toppers have a protective cover but often don't have the same waterproof properties. It is notoriously difficult (if not impossible) to get stains out of memory foam pillows or toppers. The protector will ensure no stains seep into your topper's filling.
Cleaning your mattress protector should be a regular part of your laundry routine. Ensuring you take the time care and clean your protector is a great way to proactively fight against allergens and dust mite build up that will inevitably occur over time if not properly cared for!
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