How To Clean A Mattress, And WhyJolie Kerr10/15/15 12:33pmFiled to: ASK A CLEAN PERSONSQUALORCLEANING A MATTRESSMOLDSTAINSODORSMATTRESSESHOW TO268EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGIF Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She’ll be here every other week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Check the Squalor Archive for assistance. Are you still dirty? Email her.AdvertisementI was following your instructions for cleaning my mattress when I discovered small black mold or mildew spots under the top layer of fabric. Help! They weren’t visible until that layer was damp. I diluted some rubbing alcohol and applied that with a damp cloth, but I don’t think that was enough, and I don’t think bleach on my mattress is a good idea (I could be wrong). I have fans going to try to dry it out, since taking it out into the sun is virtually impossible in my apartment. Do you have any other suggestions? I can’t really afford a new mattress at the moment.Well, I’m just thrilled to know that the post about the poor guy wetting the bed inspired you to clean your mattress! Sometimes, in the middle of the night, when I’m wide awake and fretting (every night), I get kinda blue in an existential sort of way, but from now on I’ll try to remind myself that there’s one person out there, at least, to whom I’ve been useful.