Deodorizing the Mattress:
With all that sweat, dust and other fun stuff your mattress handles, it can start to smell mildewy or plain stinky. Sift baking soda over your mattress, leave for thirty minutes and then vacuum up with that upholstery attachment. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it will definitely help neutralize any odours. Note however, that it won’t really clean any stains in this ‘dry’ cleaning method. If you like essential oils, add five drops to the baking soda pre-sift and you’ll get to enjoy that lovely scent for a few nights thereafter.

Spot Cleaning And Stain Removal:
Stains come in 3 varieties (protein, tannin and grease), but only one usually ends up on your mattress – and that would be a protein stain (from bodily fluids) – and the reason we’re only going to cover protein stains here is because blood, sweat, vomit, urine and other bodily liquids are what we usually have to contend with on a mattress.

As with any stain, it’s best to tend to it as soon as possible to avoid the stain setting in. Liquid stains need to be blotted up first with a cool, wet cloth and then excess moisture blotted up with a dry cloth. Remember to use a a pressing motion, rather than a circular motion to lift the stain to avoid further rubbing the stain in. Also remember that heat sets protein stains so only use cold water when handling these.

Fresh protein stains can usually be removed with a mixture of salt, baking soda and water. Create a paste, rub it on the area and brush off 30 minutes later. Then, use some cool water on a damp cloth to remove the excess and allow to dry. If that doesn’t work, upgrade your solution and try a mixture consisting of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. Gently apply the stain remover to the area, gently brush in with a cleaning toothbrush and wipe up five minutes later with a cool, damp cloth. This should also help with any unsightly discolouration.

Just remember to use as little liquid as possible and to ensure your mattress is completely dried before using it again to avoid growing your very own mold spores. Placing fans in the room can speed up the process.

ALL YACHT MATTRESSES SHOULD ALWAYS BE COVERED WITH MATTRESS COVERS/PROTECTORS!!

A Few Other Helpful Mattress Cleaning Pointers

Flip it
If possible - turn and/or flip your mattress so it will wear evenly, do this at the turn of every season and rotate clockwise.

Dry Times
No water on your mattress – mattresses really don’t like water, and memory foam mattresses can’t actually handle liquids at all. With memory foam or Tempurpedic mattresses, liquid gets trapped in the cellular structure and has nowhere to go. On that note, never, ever get your memory foam mattress wet. If you need to spot clean, be super stingy with the liquid and blot like a mad man or woman.

Fan Club
Use fans to dry the mattress so if that mattress gets wet, use fans to assist in dry time and if you have access to a wet dry vac, use that to help extract moisture. Don’t think about sleeping on mattresses until they are completely dry.

Bed Bugs
This is a serious issue and should not be a DIY project. Act fast and call a professional. Have them treat your mattress, cabin and any other affected areas of the yacht immediately. If you get – them you want them gone, and these guys know how to do it. REMEMBER BED BUGS CAN COME ON BOARD WITH SUITCASES THAT WERE IN A BED-BUG INFESTED HOTEL PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE YACHT.

Cover Up
A mattress protector is one of the best investments for your mattress.  It’s important to note that many mattress manufacturers strongly recommend using a mattress protector – because stains on your mattress will void your warranty.