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Can You Use a Carpet Cleaner to Clean Your Mattress?

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

When it comes to cleaning our mattresses, we often seek effective solutions to remove stains, odours, and allergens.

We previously answered the question of whether you can use a steam cleaner for your mattress. One other question that people often wonder is whether a carpet cleaner can be used as a viable option.

In this blog post, we'll explore the possibility of using a carpet cleaner to clean your mattress.

We'll discuss the pros and cons of this method to help you make an informed decision about the best approach for your mattress cleaning needs.

Can You use a carpet cleaner to clean a mattress?

Yes you can use a carpet cleaner to clean your mattress if you know how to use is in the proper way when tackling your mattress. We are going to explain in detail everything you need to know about using your carpet cleaner on a mattress and why, in some circumstances you shouldn't.

Understanding Carpet Cleaners

  1. Functionality: Carpet cleaners are designed specifically for cleaning carpets and upholstery. They use a combination of hot water, cleaning solution, and brushes or rotating scrubbers to extract dirt, stains, and debris from carpets.

  2. Differences from Mattress Cleaners: While carpet cleaners and mattress cleaners share some similarities, they also have distinct features. Mattress cleaners are designed with specific attachments and settings suitable for cleaning mattresses, taking into account the unique fabric and structure of the surface.

Pros of Using a Carpet Cleaner on a Mattress

  1. Deep Cleaning Power: Carpet cleaners are known for their ability to penetrate deep into carpet fibres to remove embedded dirt and stains. They can provide a similar deep cleaning effect for a mattress, effectively tackling stubborn stains and odours. In fact, many professionals will use a carpet cleaner as their go to method of cleaning mattresses (Emphasis on professionals!)

  2. Versatility: If you already own a carpet cleaner, using it on your mattress can offer added convenience and cost-effectiveness. It allows you to utilize a single cleaning tool for multiple purposes. Rather than investing in a new machine, you can learn how to use a carpet cleaner effectively.

  3. Perfect complement to chemicals: The reality of mattress cleaning is that you will probably be dealing with biological substances whether that's sweat, blood or urine (We have a few guides on how to remove blood from your mattress as well as dried urine). Carpet cleaners are a great way of removing those chemicals, even if they are deep into the fibres of your mattress.

Cons of Using a Carpet Cleaner on a Mattress

  1. The learning curve: Carpet cleaners are not specifically designed for mattresses. The higher water volume and pressure used by carpet cleaners can saturate a mattress, leading to longer drying times and potential moisture-related issues such as mould or mildew growth. This is why it you may have heard that using a carpet cleaner for mattresses is not advised.

  2. Fabric Damage: Mattresses often have different fabrics and materials than carpets. The aggressive brushes or scrubbers of a carpet cleaner may be too harsh for delicate mattress fabrics, potentially causing damage, fraying, or pilling. Know your mattress. For example, if you own a foam mattress, extra care needs to be taken.

  3. You need a good one to be effective: Cleaning a mattress with a vax will be near impossible, especially with the wrong products. When it comes to carpet cleaning, power is king.

Alternative Cleaning Methods for Mattresses

Vacuuming: Regular vacuuming is an essential step to remove dust, allergens, and loose debris from the surface of your mattress.

Use a vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachments for a thorough clean. This will act to unclog the pores in your mattress and keep it generally clean, preventing dust mites from appearing and even helping with those horrific yellow stains that can be found on mattresses.

Spot Cleaning: For specific stains or spills, targeted spot cleaning methods using gentle solutions like enzyme cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, or mild detergent can be effective.

Granted, these methods are more effective with a carpet cleaner but they are possible as a stand alone solution.

If you haven't got a carpet cleaner due to pricing or fear of ruining your mattress, combine this method with a wet and dry vacuum instead. They are cheap and extremely effective in removing the left over chemicals.

Professional Cleaning: If your mattress requires a deep cleaning or if you're dealing with persistent stains or odours, consider seeking professional mattress cleaning services.

Professional carpet and upholstery cleaners have the expertise and specialized equipment to effectively clean and sanitize your mattress. Rather than relying on one method, they have a method for every occasion and stain.


While a carpet cleaner may seem like a convenient option for cleaning your mattress, it's important to consider the potential risks and limitations.

The compatibility and safety concerns, along with the risk of fabric damage, make using a carpet cleaner on a mattress a less favourable choice.

Instead, opt for alternative cleaning methods such as regular vacuuming, spot cleaning, and professional mattress cleaning services.

By choosing the right cleaning techniques and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your mattress fresh, clean, and free from stains, odours, and allergens.

Prioritizing the health and longevity of your mattress will ensure a restful and hygienic sleep environment for years to come.

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