Did you know that you can sweat out up to 1/2 pound of liquid per night, depending on how warm your room is and how warmly you dress? With this fact in mind, it's not hard to understand why mattresses can become so stinky, even if you've never knowingly spilled anything vile on yours. Luckily, you can get that sweaty stink out of your mattress by following these steps.

Step 1: Vacuum the mattress.

It's really important that you vacuum the mattress first, since this gets rid of any dust particles and dust mites that may be holding onto some of the stink themselves. Use the nozzle attachment of your vacuum, and go back and forth across all sides of the mattress, using short strokes. If your mattress has a pillow top, make sure you specifically stick the nozzle in the groove between the pillow topper and mattress, as this is a space where dust mites love to hide.

Step 2: Treat it with peroxide.

If you've ever put peroxide on a wound, you've probably seen how it bubbles up. This bubbling occurs as the peroxide breaks down the proteins in the blood and bacteria it is coming into contact with. It can also break down the proteins in your mattress that are contributing to the yucky smell.

Put some hydrogen peroxide (the type sold in your local pharmacy as a wound treatment) in a spray bottle. Then, spray it lightly over the mattress. Tackle one small section of the mattress at a time. Spray it with the peroxide, let it sit and bubble for a minute, and then blot if up with a clean cloth. Keep going until you have treated the entire mattress -- both sides and all of the edges.

Step 3: Apply baking soda.

After you've treated the mattress with peroxide, sprinkle a generous portion of baking soda over its entire surface. The baking soda will absorb any liquid left behind, and lingering odoriferous particles will come out along with the liquid. Let the baking soda sit for about a day, and then vacuum it up. Flip over the mattress, and treat the other side in the same manner.

Make sure your mattress is completely dry following this treatment. You may want to leave it bedding-free for an extra day or so to be sure. When you put your bedding back on and crawl into bed, you'll be surprised by how much fresher it smells.

For more information, contact Ritchie's Furniture & Appliance or a similar location.

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