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How To Clean a Mattress?

You felt that your sleeping quality deteriorates. This could be due to stains, allergens, dust mites, and many other small things on your mattress that you do not see with naked eyes.

While hiring a professional mattress cleaning service could help with the cleaning but it has two major drawbacks – Firstly, it is costly. Secondly, you need to compromise your bedroom privacy.

To address this issue, we offer mattress cleaning rental equipment so that now you can clean your own mattress, all by yourself (or domestic helper). Two equipment will be necessary for this task – the upholstery cleaner Bissell SpotClean Pro, and the air blower XPower P-230AT.

Picture: A customer’s mattress to be cleaned with our rental equipment.

Bissell SpotClean Pro (Rental)

XPower P-230AT (Rental)

Mattress Cleaning – An Overview

Your mattress cleaning consists of three main steps.

The first step is to shampoo wash the entire mattress surface. The use of shampoo solution here is to dissolve the stains, allergens, and dust mites so that they can removed by water later on.

The second step is to rinse the entire mattress surface with clean water. This removes shampoo residues and leave you a clean but wet mattress surface.

Finally, the third step is to dry the mattress. This is partially done with the upholstery nozzle (vacuum suction) followed by enhanced drying with the air blower.

Prepare your shampoo solution

You may use laundry detergent liquid as the shampoo solution. This is because the stubborn stains on the mattress surface are mostly sweat and soil which can be washed away by a good laundry detergent liquid.

Step 1 – Shampoo wash your mattress surface

Spray the shampoo solution over a small area of your mattress surface to be washed. After that, extract the shampoo solution through vacuum suction with the upholstery nozzle. Run least 10 shampoo passes for the same area to ensure good cleaning results. Repeat the same process on other area until the entire mattress surface is washed in the same way.

REMINDER: Empty the “dirt water tank” before you refill the “clean water tank”. Watch how to open the dirt water tank.

Step 2 – Rinsing your mattress surface

This time round, use only water for rinsing. The main idea is to remove any shampoo residues using water. Run at least 10 rinse passes for each area until the entire mattress surface is rinsed in the same way.

REMINDER: Empty the “dirt water tank” before you refill the “clean water tank”. Watch how to open the dirt water tank.

Step 3 – Drying your mattress surface

Spraying is no longer required. Instead, try to remove water as much as possible using vacuum suction through the upholstery nozzle. For good vacuum suction, tilt the nozzle forward and gently press it down into the upholstery surface. Move the upholstery nozzle back and forth to extract the water until no significant flow of water can be extracted in the upholstery nozzle for each area. While doing the drying passes, switch on the air dryer to the fill speed (3) and set the timer to 180 min (3 hours). Aim the pressurized air flow at a wet area. It takes nearly 3 hours to dry an area. After that, adjust the air blower to dry the rest of the mattress surface.

REMINDER: Empty the “dirt water tank” when its extracted water hit the “full line” mark on the tank. Watch how to open the dirt water tank.

Useful Tips

  1. Try to finish the mattress cleaning in the morning and before 1200pm noon time. Then, allocate 3-6 hours to dry the mattress with our rental air blower XPower P-230AT.
  2. To speed up the drying process, switch on ceiling fan and open the surrounding windows so that high air flow can be sustained.
  3. You may use 40 C water in both shampoo wash and rinsing steps to improve the cleaning results. To prepare 40 C water, mix tap water to boil water in 2:1 ratio by volume. For example, 500 ml of tap water (20-30 C) to be mixed with 250 ml of boiled water (90-100 C). WARNING: Do not use water above 40 C as that may crack the water tank.
  4. If some local stubborn stains remain even after your shampoo wash and rinsing, you may repeat the cleaning on this local area but with two improved cleaning approach. Firstly, you may pre-spray some pre-treatment solution to weaken the stain. Secondly, you may gently brush over the stained area in your subsequent shampoo wash.
  5. Every time you finish a clean water tank, remember to empty the dirt water tank. Otherwise, the vacuum suction won’t be effective due to a full dirt water tank.
  6. Shake the water + detergent solution for good mixing.
  7. Tilt the nozzle forward, gently press it into the upholstery and pull it backward for good suction.
  8. Use only home laundry detergent. DO NOT use flooring detergent or other aggressive detergent.
  9. High air flow (ceiling fan level 3, window left open, etc) and sunlight to dry the sofa/upholstery fast.

Supporting Video: How to Open the Dirt Water Tank

  1. You need to empty the dirt water tank when the dirt water hit the “full line” mark on the tank. As a good practice, do this whenever you are going to refill the clean water tank.
  2. To open the dirt water tank: (1) Take out the dirt water tank. (2) Flip over the handle to the other side.
  3. You can now remove the lid and dump the dirt water.
  4. To close up the tank, simply reverse the actions: Put the lid back in place and flip over the handle to its original side.

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