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How to clean a second hand mattress?

(11 Posts)
ZilphasHatpin Sat 08-Apr-17 14:18:37

I've just bought a bed and mattress for the spare room from a charity. It looks really clean but obviously I need to give it a clean to be sure.

What do I need to do?

gamerchick Sat 08-Apr-17 14:21:00

Bicarbonate of soda an then a good Hoover?

andonwego Sat 08-Apr-17 14:26:58

Yes to bicarbonate of soda. Add in a few drops of tea tree oil too

ZilphasHatpin Sat 08-Apr-17 14:29:16

Do I need to scrub the bicarb into the mattress or just leave it sitting on top of it?

andonwego Sat 08-Apr-17 14:32:33

Sprinkle it on, a few drops of oil over the top ( tea tree is anti- fungal and all sorts of other good stuff) , leave to sit - I would leave for a good few hours, then Hoover up

SecretNortherner Sat 08-Apr-17 14:41:58

If it's memory foam don't use bicarbonate of soda, I think it eats at the foam

ZilphasHatpin Sat 08-Apr-17 15:34:40

No it's not memeory foam, just a normal mattress.

Thanks everyone I've got it sprinkled and will leave it a few hours.

Deux Sat 08-Apr-17 15:38:24

Also if you can get it outside in the sun maybe. It'll be really fresh.

ZilphasHatpin Sat 08-Apr-17 15:50:33

Oh good idea, it's really sunny and windy here!

PenelopeFlintstone Sun 09-Apr-17 10:32:23

Check the seams for bedbugs?

ZilphasHatpin Sun 09-Apr-17 13:06:38

Shudder at the thought! But yes I've had a good look and all clear on that front.

I left the bicarb and tea tree on overnight and it smells lovely now.

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