Saturday, April 13, 2013

How to Wash Ikea Mattress Cover

My husband and I have washed our Ikea queen-sized mattress cover, SULTAN HOLMUSTA. We were able to wash it without shrinking it. :)

I'm going to share with you how we have washed our mattress cover.

You should be careful about the following when you wash the mattress cover...
* never to use hot water. (I think that it causes to shrink your mattress cover.)
* use oxygen bleach. (Washing with chlorine bleach causes to leave bleach smell on your mattress cover.)
* make sure to have at least two people to carry soaked mattress cover as it is extremely heavy.
* dry your mattress cover as fast as possible. (If you take too much time to dry it up, yucky bacteria will grow! Which means the terrible smell stays in it.)

Ikea Queen-sized SULTAN HOLMUSTA

 As you can see, this mattress cover is very thick and pretty large.


 The care instruction reads, "Clean with upholstery shampoo only." In addition, it seems non-washable and non-dry cleaning. However, we were able to clean our mattress cover with water and oxygen bleach without any problem.


We used OxiClean to wash our mattress cover.


1. How to Wash :  Place the mattress cover in a bath tab. Turn on the water facet and add OxiClean into the bath. Soak the whole cover in water. Let it sit for an hour. Then, step on it for several minutes. Let the water out of the bath. If you can not remove stains enough, do it again until it becomes clean. We did this step four times.



 2. How to Rinse : Fill up the water in bath, and step on the mattress cover. Then, let the water out of the bath. Do it again until water becomes clear. We did this step once.


3. How to Drain Water : Fold the mattress cover in as many as possible. Get on it to remove water. You should remove water as much as possible because it is very heavy due to water. Then hang it on stable pole or something.

I hanged it on our bath room. The mattress cover was still logged. We were very careful not to break the glass.

Adjust the position in order to be taper. In this way, the water comes efficiently out from the mattress cover. Place a bowl underneath the mattress cover.
Effective Way to Drain

If you place the mattress cover like the picture below. I think it takes more time to drain water and your floor will be flood like that.
Ineffective Way to Drain

 While draining water, we blew air at the mattress cover by using a fan to evaporate water as fast as possible. After five hours next morning, the water was drained well. :)

3. How to Dry : This is the most important progress. Hang the mattress cover on a stable table. Then, blow air at the mattress cover by using fans. Move fans around the mattress cover every several hours. We dried it up mostly within 24 hours. We were finally able to dry it up in the next 12 hours completely. If you have place to hang it out and outside temperature is high enough, you can dry it outside. (We didn't have enough place to hang it out.)  If you want to dry it inside home, you should use fans because this will speed up evaporation. Drying it up as fast as possible is very important to prevent bacteria growth, which causes terrible odor.


I think you can wash your Ikea mattress cover by yourself, I don't guarantee it though. Be careful because if your mattress cover shrinks, your cover will never fit your mattress.




These are my episodes related to our mattress cover.

(3/9/2013) We Took Our Mattress Cover to the Dry Cleaner
 
(3/18/2013) Terrible Smell

(4/7/2013) Washing the Mattress Cover

(4/11/2013) We Were Finally Able to Finish Cleaning Ikea Mattress Cover

(4/12/2013) The Cause of Stench from Half-dried Cloth - How to Dry Up the Thick Mattress Cover Properly-



25 comments:

  1. thanks for this post. : ). How do you like the Holmsta btw?

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    1. I like my mattress, which is not too soft or too firm. It's perect for me. :)

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  2. How hard was it to put the cover back on the mattress?

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    1. It was not hard at all to put the cover back on the mattress because I was able to wash it without shrinking it.

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    2. We followed your instructions and now cannot get our mattress cover back on. If we'd have known it was this difficult we would've never taken it off. We're at the point where we're just going to have to buy a new mattress...

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    3. We followed your instructions and now cannot get the mattress cover back on. We would've never taken it off if we'd known it would be this difficult to get back on. We're probably going to have to buy a new mattress...

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  3. thank you very much for your post!

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  4. It is a rule of thumb that one has to regularly clean their mattress to remain hygienic. The job you did was well done, Ringo! Sharing the steps on how you do it will surely guide a lot of people who plan on doing the same. Have you considered getting professionals to help you with such tasks?

    Brad Wike @ Peerless Restoration

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  5. I'm just in the middle of following your instructions - but still very worried about whether I will be able to get the cover back on the mattress - it was extremely difficult to remove!

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    1. My husband and I were worried about it too while washing it, and it was very hard for us to do every step. However, removing mattress cover and getting the cover back on the mattress was not hard for us at all. I hope you will get it back on the mattress at last. Good luck!

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  6. I am not sure why you would go through all that trouble when the on my ikea removable mattress cover shows that it is machine washable. No need to go through that bathtub routine. Drying is a different story. But we hung ours on an dryer outside and it was completely dry after one day out in the sun. Plus, the ultra violet rays act as a natural disinfecsnt as it dry. Washed in in the early morning and by bedtime it was ready to put back on the mattress core.

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  7. YESSSSS it is hard taking off and putting back on but it can be done cause I did it, It took two weeks to dry on two kitchen chair,well putting it back on was crazy so I came up this I put a sheet on that I didn't want on flipped it over you can put it on both sides but your not getting them sheets back anyway put the sheet or sheets on turn the mattress cover inside out stick your hand in and reach for the corner mattress, get someone else to do the other side and puuulll puuulll stop drink some water and puuuull again then zip it that ain't going to be easy either but you made it that far, get a plastic cover and call it a happy day good luck.

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  8. Awesome, I am tired of running around and really coult find anyone who would clean the cover for me. Most places in Japan, they charge upto 300 USD for cleaning which i quite high just for the cover.
    Just ordered Oxiclean and will try this method out.

    thanks

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    1. You are welcome. :)
      I think Japan is now hot enough to dry it up in the strong sun. The mattress cover is extremely heavy when it's still wet, so the step 3 is very important before hanging it out. Good luck!

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  9. Did you take off the bottom piece to clean the whole mattress?

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    1. What is the bottom piece? I washed the mattress cover only.

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  10. Thank you for sharing. Will try it too.

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  11. can i drying in dry machine

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    1. I think it's too big and heavy to put in a dryer.

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  12. while removing the cover it got tear, how to get one :(

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  13. It's easy to take the cover off if you have two people. Unzip it from the end and fold back about 12 inches of the cover to reveal the foam mattress inside. Now here's the trick: Lay the mattress down on the floor and fold the mattress in half lengthwise with the cover still on but unzipped at one end. Now with one person kneeling on the exposed end of the foam mattress to keep it from moving the other person can pull and peel back the cover with much less effort.

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  14. I had heavy staining on my brand new mattress from my cat peeing on it! I had tried EVERYTHING to clean it...bleach (BAD idea) and other cleaning products (useless).

    Cheers for your posting because we just gave the oxy powder stuff a go. We took the mattress outside, stood it on a large table with plastic beneath it, and used a bowl of hot water with the oxy powder to give it a bit of a 'pre-wash'. We then had plans to take it to the launderette for a cold wash. BUT the pre wash turned out so well (that oxy is powerful stuff!) and I'm so happy with the results...I don't need to take it to the launderette after all.

    Seriously...all odour removed and super white clean now.

    Thanks for your tips! A massive help :)

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  15. We have the same mattress from Ikea and I decided to wash my mattress cover. Can you put it in a huge tumble dryer? or will it ruin the foam? and what did you sleep on when you were drying the cover because you said it took 24 hours?

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  16. Thanks to your post, we now have a clean mattress cover. Our friend's kid wet the bed, but luckily the stain hadn't reached the foam mattress innards. So we simply unzipped the mattress cover and put it in the washing machine. Instead of High Efficiency laundry detergent, we used OxiClean as you suggested. We also sprayed OxiClean on the stain itself. The spin cycle got a lot of the moisture out. We then put it in the dryer on the "air dry" cycle and finished drying it inside the house, laying it out flat over the tops of our dining room chairs. It definitely takes two people to get the mattress cover back on. We turned it inside out first and found that it helped a lot. Now the mattress looks and smells like new. Thanks for your tips!

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  17. Alas, I have thrown out one already due to shrinking after wash. Now, I am trying one more time with your kind direction. Hope it works. Otherwise, I am gonna cry like a baby.

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