You spend a lot of time in very close contact with your mattress, and it's important to keep it clean. As you can't just throw it in the washing machine, you need to gets hands on, and Katie Berry has a few tips to help get your mattress looking like new again.
There are lots of unpleasant types of dirt, odours and stains that build up over time -- we won't dwell on it too much! -- and Katie has a trick for the most common problems. You can banish smells with good old-fashioned bicarb soda, but stains require a little more work. Blood stains, for instance, may seem unshiftable, but there is a technique:
Dried blood stains can be treated by making a paste of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tbsp. each liquid dish soap and table salt. Rub this into the stain and allow it to sit until dry before scraping the residue off. Dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped into hydrogen peroxide, rotating the rag as the stain lifts off. (Using a white rag prevents dye transfer from the cloth to the mattress.)
Don't happen to have any hydrogen peroxide around? Katie suggests you "make a paste of meat tenderizer and water instead. The tenderizer's enzymes will dissolve the blood's protein bonds."
To avoid the need to clean so much in the future, considering using a mattress protector -- it will save you more work further down the line.
How To Clean A Mattress [Housewife How-To's]