Pillowtop Mattress ~ How Do You Clean It?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kuntrygirl, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    This weekend when I was cleaning up, I stripped the sheets on my bed to let the mattress "air out" like I usually. When the weather is nice outside, I always open the windows, so that fresh air can circulate around the house. Well, I noticed a piece of lint on my mattress and I reached across on the other side to get it off but my hand fell kinda hard on the mattress. When that happened, I noticed that a white "cloud" of "something" rise up. I then slapped the mattress to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me. Well, the weren't. It appears that my pillowtop mattress is "dusty". The only thing that I can think of that would have caused this is from leaving the windows in the house open and dust coming in from outside and getting in and settling into the mattress top. Now, I'm stuck with not knowing how to clean the mattress. I called the store that I bought the mattress from and they really didn't know. The lady suggested that I "unzip" the mattress top cover and wash it in the washing machine. Well, I don't have a mattress cover to unzip. I have a king size pillowtop mattress that is too heavy to move by 1 person. It's one of those mattresses that you can't flip on the other side. So, my question is, can anyone tell me how to clean this mattress to rid it of the dust? I thought about a wet/dry vac but I don't want to damage the mattress.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    I have a king size pillow top mattress also that is very thick and is difficult to move at all. I keep a pretty good mattress cover on it but when I do take the mattress cover off to wash I have used the tube part of my vacuum cleaner and that works quite well. There is no reason that you can not use a shop vac also.
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana

    Great. After seeing all of the dust, I swore that I will purchase a good mattress cover and put it on top as soon as I can get this monster cleaned. I just wasn't sure if the wet/dry van would be a good idea. I'm thinking it will suck up the water as it does for carpets. I will also try the vacuum cleaner.

    Thanks for your reply. Much appreciated.:)
  4. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    I own a rug doctor so that is what I would more then likely use.

    You can rent one if you want to try it.
  5. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    I have two mattress covers since I'm a window opener too. I strip the sheets and the cover, and swap covers right then.

    Periodically I vacuum it with an attachment. Time consuming job, but I haven't found another way to do it. Haven't needed to steam clean it since I started using covers. I hope to get 20 years out of this thing with how much it cost us. LOL Our last mattress made it 15 years, it had regular vacuuming and I think 3 steam cleanings.

    You ever watch the mattress recycling episode on Dirty Jobs? Don't... you'll go buy a new mattress. [​IMG]
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I have a pillow top mattress and I hated it. Serta is the brand name. Aint worth it, it sagged in the middle after a year and some months after purchase. Now it is roughly six years old and countless backaches.

    I would take the flipable mattress anytime, anyday!

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