Mattresses are the first to be exposed to bed bugs. When a mild case of bed bug occurs, replacing the mattress seems a bit extreme. Depending on how severe the bed bug infestation is, you can in many cases have the mattress cleaned and protected from future bed bug infestations. DM Carpet Cleaning will share how to clean and disinfect your mattress and protect it from future bed bug infestations.
Professional VS DIY Mattress Cleaning
After your home has been treated for bed bugs, there may be a few of them still hiding in your bed. After you have had a bed bug infestation, even a small case, you will want to have your mattress cleaned and treated. It is recommended you use a professional mattress cleaning service. However, if needed, you can do your own mattress cleaning as well. The great benefit of using a professional mattress cleaning service is that they use steam cleaning tools, where the steam will kill any remaining eggs, larva and adult bedbugs.
How to Clean a Mattress
Step 1. To begin cleaning your mattresses you will first want to strip the bed down and wash all of the bedding. When washing your bedding, make sure you use high heat and hot water to kill any possible bed bugs.
Step 2. With your mattress exposed, you will want to vacuum the mattress very thoroughly. When vacuuming the mattress make sure you suck in between the seams. Make sure you vacuum both the top and bottom of the mattress, as well as all of the sides.
Step 3. You will want to clean the mattress after it has been thoroughly vacuumed. Often bedbugs will leave little brownish red spots on the bedding and mattress. Now will be the time to pretreat the stains. You can use an upholstery solvent cleaner to pretreat the stains or use your own mixture of liquid dish soap and warm water. If your mattress does have reddish spots this is mostly blood. You can also use hydrogen peroxide as a pretreatment cleaner as well. Other mattress cleaning methods can also involve a steam or carpet cleaning device with an upholstery cleaning attachment to clean the mattress. Make sure to clean all of the sides of the mattress.
Step 4. After cleaning the mattress allow the mattress to completely dry. Once the mattress is dry you will want to apply Diatomaceous earth on the surface of the mattress. Once again make sure you apply the Diatomaceous earth on all side of the mattress. Once the Diatomaceous earth has been applied, use a bedbug proof mattress cover and seal the mattress. If any bedbugs are hiding on your mattress they will dehydrate and die. Using a protective cover can keep bedbugs from invading the mattress in the future.
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To help continue to prevent bed bug infestations, be sure to wash your bedding weekly and have your mattress cleaned once a year. If you need help disinfecting your mattress and treating it for bed bugs, and wish for a professional mattress cleaning service, contact DM Carpet Cleaning. We provide many services including mattress cleaning. To schedule our services, contact DM Carpet Cleaning today.