How to clean a mattress: Tips, tricks and our pick of the best stain protectors, hoovers, and stain removers

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Get rid of fresh filth or ingrained stains on your mattress with this handy guide to the best cleaning methods and products to use.

Did you know that you spend somewhere around a third of your life lying on a mattress? Maybe you did. But how often do you think about the dust mites and bacteria – not to mention the mould, mildew and other allergens – that could be living in your mattress? We’re guessing that the answer to that is, “as little as possible”.

Suffice to say, mattresses have a hard life, and will steadily accumulate an unpleasant concoction of dried sweat, blood, and other bodily fluids over the years – as well as oils, grime, and chemicals from cosmetic products. Happily, it doesn’t take that long to make your mattress hygienic again. Better still, there are numerous benefits to be had as a result of doing so. You’re likely to sleep better for one, and allergy sufferers will be able to breathe more easily too.

Below, we give you the lowdown on how to clean your mattress regularly, swiftly and effectively.

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