Caring For Mattresses: Odours


Even Sleeping Beauty would’ve found it difficult to fall asleep if her mattress smells like a pungent and musty dungeon.

The stench that’s keeping you awake at night could be caused by urine, mould, chemicals or even perspiration festering in your mattress. To make matters worse, Singapore is practically heaven for mould and bacteria with our high levels of humidity and warm, sweaty climate, which also means that your bed is the perfect breeding ground for these microorganisms to thrive in.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem that you can sleep off. Sleeping on a mattress that perpetually stinks isn’t only unhygienic and repulsive – it also gives you a foul mood.

However, here’s some the good news – instead of sitting around waiting for Prince Charming to save you from that awful–smelling crib of yours, it still isn’t too late to try removing the odours from the mattress yourself.

Firstly, make it a habit to air your mattress daily by leaving your bed covers turned up for at least half an hour before making your bed. It’s also essential that you leave your mattress out in the sun once every month. The ultraviolet rays from the sun have properties similar to that of a disinfectant, and is able to kill any odour-causing bacteria on your bed.

Smelly, Icky Pee

Sometimes, accidents are inevitable when you have children or pets at home. While professional help is available when it comes to removing urine stench, it’s a pricey solution that may cost you even more than a brand new

Unless you don’t mind sleeping in a puddle of pee, an effective home-remedy to remove the noxious urine stench from your mattress will be to immediately blot the wet area with a dry towel, and make sure that it absorbs as much urine as possible. Next, spray the affected area with an enzymatic cleaner that’s designed specially for urine (it should contain natural enzymes, such as amylase, protease and lipase; and can be found in most grocery stores). In the meantime, place dryer sheets on top of the mattress, and in between the sheets until the smell disappears.

Other alternatives include using either upholstery shampoo or a quality mattress cleaner to remove the stains and stench. Mattress cleaners aren’t just for remedying minor accidents or spillages. Instead, they can be used to keep your mattress smelling fresh and clean, by deodorizing the smell of your perspiration. It’s also recommended that you vacuum the both sides of the mattress to kill allergens before using any products to clean the surface of your mattress.

The same method can be used to clean up vomit and remove its sour stench.

cigHold That Ciggy!

When you smoke in bed, your mattress naturally absorbs some of the cigarette smell, and this has been found to be injurious to health. Hence, one way to remove harmful third-hand smoke from your mattress will be to air your mattress on a hot, sunny day. Use a fabric odour remover on the mattress, and allow the sun to dry it until it’s crisp and fresh.

Or save yourself from all that hassle and simply stub out that cigarette before you head to bed.

Keep The Bedbugs Away

There’s no shortcut if you want your bed to smell like roses. However, having to clean your mattress as frequently as you change the bed sheets can be a real hassle. So be good and listen to your Mum: Don’t lie down until you’ve showered.

Another smart alternative will be to invest in a quality cotton mattress cover, which can be purchased from most furniture stores. This is necessary as it helps to protect the mattress, and keeps it clean by absorbing perspiration and dirt. Selecting a washable, easily removed mattress cover makes keeping your mattress spotless and odour-free an almost-effortless task.

Nowadays, there’re even some mattress covers that are specially designed to prevent dust mite allergies, thus allowing you to conveniently cut down on the frequency of vacuuming your mattress.

sprayHowever, it doesn’t mean you can simply forget about vacuuming altogether as such promised benefits often wear off after about five years and over time, bed bugs and dust mites will make a cosy little habitat out of your mattress.

Eventually, the lifespan of your mattress will be shortened if you do not take care of your mattress and perform maintenance cleaning regularly. Frequent changing of your bed sheets can also help to keep your bed pleasant-smelling.

A stale and dust-ridden mattress that’s full of unwanted microorganisms like mould, germs, and dust mites can trigger allergies and serious health problems. If the current state of your mattress is causing you nightmares, take some time out to clean and salvage it before it’s too late. This way, you’ll never wake up on the wrong side of bed again.