What do you do if your mattress smell is so bad you want to throw it out?
You may have to hire a cleaning company to get the job done.
The cleaning business is booming in recent years, but experts warn that a lot of the work is done by people who have no business training or experience in the industry.
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“If you’re not in the business, you don’t know the first thing about cleaning mattresses,” said Linda Bailenson, founder and president of the nonprofit Clean Mattresses International.
“You’re not going to be able to see the mold or bacteria on the mattress before it goes in the trash can.”
For the average homeowner, cleaning mattress floors, beds and closets can cost $150 to $300, depending on how big the room is.
Bailenson says you can make a lot more money by renting out the mattresses.
That’s because the mattress industry is a very lucrative industry.
“A lot of people don’t realize the money they’re making in this industry is actually coming out of their pocket,” she said.
“It’s not going into the pockets of the homeowners, it’s going into their pockets and they’re paying it back to the mattress companies,” she added.
So what can you do about the mattress smell?
“I’ve had to do a lot,” said Jessica Vassar, a licensed massage therapist.
She says she has had to clean up mattresses from the inside out, as well as the outside.
“I would tell the people in the room to put the mattress in the washing machine.
I’d give them a soap and shampoo and clean the mattress,” she explained.
Vassar said it’s not uncommon for people to put a mattress on the floor, or a table or even a couch.
“The mattress has the ability to pick up dust and bacteria,” she continued.
“It’s like you’re getting a little bit of dirt on your bed.”
It’s all very expensive.
The average mattress in your home can cost up to $2,000, but some experts recommend people save $250 to $500 per mattress.
Bailsenson suggests people take a shower every day, and to put away the mattress.
And if the mattress is not in a room, she says it’s best to throw the mattress out or buy it in a storage locker.
But as for getting rid of those odors, there are some other ways to get your mattress clean.
“You can spray the mattress with a disinfectant, like bleach, and it will remove those bacteria,” Bailsenson said.
“If you don�t spray the bed, you can put the bed in a dryer for a couple of hours.”
If you have a mattress that has a lot going on, the mattress can also get a little dusty.
If that’s the case, Bailson said you can spray it with vinegar and use it to wash the mattress inside.
She also suggests using a vacuum cleaner to remove all of the dust, including mold.
“If there is mold on the surface, then the mattress should be cleaned in a vacuum,” she also said.
Betsy Johnson, a massage therapist who has been doing business for more than 20 years, recommends using a damp cloth or a rag.
Johnson says she recommends putting the mattress back in the dryer or washing it in cold water.
The best way to get that mattress cleaned is to put it in the laundry room.
“I like to have a little scrubbing with a damp towel,” Johnson said.
She recommends using an air dryer, which will give you the most steam and help to dry out the mattress and its contents.
Bins says there are other ways you can clean up a mattress, like taking a bath, but the biggest advice she gives is to get out of the house and go to the laundromat or the pool.
“Go into a laundromate and have a nice hot shower and then go swimming,” she advised.