Why You Should Steam Clean Your Mattress

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While surfing the web or using social media, you may have heard about something called a steam clean mattress service. The experts at this kind of business use modern technology to deep-clean mattresses. Why is this important to you?

Every evening, people across America retire to their beds for a good night’s sleep. This daily ritual is essential for your health and well-being. However, unless you also look after the health of your mattress, your sleeping environment may be far less restful than you’d expect.

Over its lifespan, your mattress can develop significant condition issues. Some of these problems, like staining, are mostly cosmetic. But other common issues – including urine, bed bugs and dust mites – can actively cause you harm.

To steer clear of problems, you must get your mattress cleaned on a regular basis. And by far the most thorough, effective cleaning option is a professional steam treatment. Let’s take a look at each of the four biggest issues mattress owners face. In turn, we’ll also look at the ways you can benefit from a professional cleaning service.   

To Remove Stains

Mattress stains have a variety of potential causes. Perhaps the most common source of problems is sweat. When you sleep at night, your body temperature can increase for a number of reasons. And when your temperature rises past a certain point, you naturally start sweating. The effect of this sweat production on your mattress is gradual. In a short span of time, it might not lead to any noticeable changes. However, eventually, it can lead to slight, moderate or extensive staining.

In addition to sweat exposure, common causes of mattress staining include:

  • Spilled food or beverages
  • Human or pet urine
  • Blood

Once they dry and set, stains produce by all of these substances often required advanced removal techniques.

How Mattress Steam Cleaning Can Remove Stains

A steam cleaning mattress service can remove even tough stains with a combination of methods. First, steam vapor generated by heat and moisture penetrates the surface of your mattress. This vapor loosens up the particles that form the staining substance.

The wand used to apply heat and moisture also has a vacuum function. This function makes it easy to remove the loosened particles. At the same time, the vacuum removes excess moisture, and thereby speeds up the drying process. The end result for you is a stain-free mattress that you can use in a matter of hours.

To Remove Urine

Urine can damage your mattress in a couple of ways. First, when it soaks into the mattress material, it can create significant staining. If you act fast, you can potentially stop this from happening. However, even prompt cleaning of a fresh urine spot won’t always stop stains from forming. And once a urine stain sets, it can be extremely difficult to remove.

The second big problem is ammonia. When urine breaks down, it naturally releases this foul-smelling gas into the surrounding environment. Few things are less appealing than encountering the smell of ammonia when you go near your bed. But that’s not the only thing you have to worry about.

Exposure to even low concentrations of ammonia can irritate both your skin and eyes. The health risks of highly concentrated ammonia are even greater. In fact, possible symptoms of this level of exposure include:

  • Coughing
  • Burning sensations in your throat, nose or lungs
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reactions

If you have asthma, exposure to concentrated ammonia can make symptoms of that condition worse.

How Mattress Steam Cleaning Can Remove Urine

The process used to remove urine from mattresses is mostly the same as the process used on stained mattresses. However, your cleaning service will also perform one or two additional steps. Before applying heat and moisture, the technician working on your mattress will apply a pre-cleaning solution to the affected area. This solution will break down the smell-producing particles and make it easier to eliminate them.

After steam cleaning is complete, the technician can also apply a deodorizer to your mattress. This deodorizer won’t just mask any residual smells that remain after cleaning. It will actually neutralize the odors themselves and prevent them from recurring.

To Remove Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on human and animal blood. These insects get their name because they often live in mattresses, box springs and other parts of your bed. A single bed bug female can produce hundreds of eggs during its brief lifespan. When they hatch, these eggs release immature bugs that need blood to survive.

Bed bugs typically emerge from their hiding spots and bite you when you’re asleep. It takes them just a few minutes to pierce your skin and drink their fill. When they’re done, they go back into hiding until the following night.

There are several ways to tell if you’ve got a bed bug infestation. First, you may notice unexplained itchy spots on your ankles or other parts of your body. You may also notice:

  • Small, bloody stains on your bedsheets or pillow cases
  • A strange, musty odor in your bedroom
  • Rusty or brown spots on your mattress, sheets or bedtime clothing

You can control an infestation by doing such things as:

  • Cleaning your bedding
  • Scrubbing your mattress seams
  • Vacuuming your mattress

However, to eliminate bed bugs, you’ll need to go further.

How Steam Cleaning Mattress Can Remove Bedbugs

When cleaning services steam clean a mattress, they raise the temperature of the mattress material by a significant amount. The increase in temperature is enough to kill any bed bugs on the surface of that material. It’s also enough to kill any bugs up to ¾ of an inch below the surface. Steam cleaning can also kill bed bugs hiding in cracks and crevices near your mattress. In fact, it’s lethal to bugs hiding as deep as two and a half inches.

To Remove Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic bugs related to spiders and ticks. They get their name because they often live in household dust. It may surprise you to learn that much of this dust is formed from dead flakes of skin, also known as dander. You shed dander every day as your skin renews itself. (The pets in your household do the same.) And one of the most common places for this waste material to accumulate is your bed.

Over time, hundreds of thousands of dust mites can build up on your mattress and in your sheets. These bugs won’t bite you. However, they can trigger mild, moderate or severe allergic reactions. The most common symptoms of a dust mite allergy include:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • A runny nose

In a worst-case scenario, you may experience sinus problems or a severe asthma attack.

How Steam Cleaning Mattress Can Eliminate Dust Mites

Like bed bugs, dust mites can’t survive in high temperatures. When you steam clean a mattress, you basically wipe out the mite population living on it. (You can also kill off most types of bacteria, as well.) This effect lasts for a considerable amount of time. After one steam application, it will be months before you need to worry about dust mites again.

How Much to Steam Clean a Mattress?

So, how much will it cost to steam clean a mattress? Most people spend an average of $100 per mattress on this important service. You may find providers that charge as little as $50. You may also find providers that charge $150 or more.

One of the most important things to think about when determining price is the size of your mattress. As you might guess, king- and queen-size beds cost more to clean than twins and full-size beds. The level of dirtiness also factors into the equation. For example, if a cleaning service needs to remove multiple stains, it will probably charge more than it would for a single stain.

Unfortunately, the presence of bed bugs can seriously increase the price of steam cleaning. Depending on other factors, (mattress size, etc.), you could end up paying as much as $1,500 to eliminate these insects.

Be aware that these prices cover traditional spring mattresses. It may cost more to clean a mattress made from memory foam. (In addition, some services don’t clean memory foam mattresses at all.)

Call 1 Guy Your Local Steam Cleaning Professional Today

Given all of this information, you may wonder, “Where can I steam clean a mattress near me?” 1 Guy services New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and surrounding areas. We are your steam cleaning professionals, can answer any questions you may have about problems with your mattress, couch, carpet, rug, upholstery and more.

We are happy to provide a quote for you and schedule a convenient appointment. With our help, you’ll have your mattress back in safe, sanitary condition in no time.

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