Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles How to Spring Clean Your Mattress. It's spring cleaning time! Since the average American spends a third of their time in bed, use these tips to help you spring clean your mattress. You will need Vacuum with attachment Upholstery cleaner Mattress protector and fabric refresher. Step 1. Remove all bedding and let the mattress air out for a few hours. If possible, haul it outside for the day to get fresh air. Step 2. Vacuum the mattress and box springs with a vacuum attachment. Step 3. Remove any surface stains with upholstery cleaner. Invest in a mattress protector to prevent any future stains. Never clean a mattress with dry cleaning fluid; the chemicals could damage the mattress. Step 4. Flip the mattress over and switch the top to bottom to help it wear evenly. This should be done every six months. Step 5. Spritz the mattress and mattress cover with a fabric refresher before you reapply the sheets to give it a fresh smell. Spring is in the air. Did you know While the average human sleeps seven to eight hours a day, a giraffe only sleeps for 20 minutes.