How to Clean a Headboard

How to Clean a Headboard

How to Clean Different Types of Metal, Wooden, Upholstered Headboards

A Comprehensive Guide by LA Mattress Store

Hello everyone! I'm your friendly guide from LA Mattress Store, here to enlighten you on the crucial aspect of maintaining bedroom furniture hygiene – cleaning your wooden, metal or upholstered headboard.

Our headboards often get overlooked during regular room cleaning, but did you know that they can harbor dust, allergens, and even bacteria over time? Fear not! In this post, I'll walk you through a simple, step-by-step process to clean your headboard, ensuring you have a fresh and clean space for a good night's sleep.

1. Know Your Material

First things first, know your headboard's material. Whether it's wooden, upholstered, metal, or leather, each material has its own cleaning guidelines. You wouldn't want to use a water-based cleaner on a wood headboard, would you? Check the manufacturer's instructions if you're unsure.

2. Dusting

Begin with dusting. A microfiber cloth or a vacuum with a brush attachment works well. Make sure to clean all areas, focusing on corners and crevices that tend to accumulate the most dust.

3. Deep Cleaning

For a wooden headboard, a mix of mild dish soap and warm water will work perfectly. For an upholstered headboard, use upholstery cleaner. Leather requires a leather cleaner and conditioner, while a damp cloth should suffice for metal.

4. Stain Removal

If your headboard has any stains, target them specifically with a suitable stain remover. A gentle fabric cleaner for upholstered headboards, baking soda solution for wood, and a mix of vinegar and water for metal should do the trick.

5. Dry Thoroughly

After cleaning, make sure to dry your headboard thoroughly to prevent any potential damage or mold growth. Leave it to air dry or use a soft, dry cloth for quicker results.

6. Regular Maintenance

Clean your headboard at least once every two months. Regular maintenance will keep it looking new and prevent any permanent damage from stains or spills.

Remember, your sleeping environment significantly impacts your sleep quality. So, keeping all elements, including the often neglected headboard, clean is paramount.


Metal Headboards

  1. Dusting: Start by dusting off the metal headboard with a soft cloth or brush to remove any loose dust or dirt.

  2. Cleaning Solution: Prepare a mild cleaning solution by mixing a few drops of dish soap with warm water.

  3. Wiping: Dampen a soft cloth with the cleaning solution and gently wipe the headboard. Make sure to clean around decorative elements where dust can accumulate.

  4. Drying: Dry the headboard thoroughly using a clean, dry towel to avoid any water stains or rust.

Wooden Headboards

  1. Dusting: Dust the wooden headboard using a soft, dry cloth.

  2. Cleaning Solution: Mix a mild dish soap with warm water for the cleaning solution.

  3. Wiping: Dampen a cloth with the solution and gently wipe the headboard, following the grain of the wood.

  4. Drying: Immediately dry the headboard using a dry towel to prevent the wood from absorbing water and swelling.

  5. Polishing: Every few months, consider polishing the wood with a suitable wood polish to maintain its shine and protect the wood.

Upholstered Headboards

  1. Vacuuming: Vacuum the headboard using an upholstery attachment to remove any dust or dirt.

  2. Spot Cleaning: For stains, use an upholstery cleaner and follow the instructions on the label.

  3. Deep Cleaning: For a more thorough clean, consider hiring a professional upholstery cleaning service.

  4. Drying: Let the headboard dry completely before using it again. You can use a fan to speed up the drying process.

If you're looking for a new headboard or any other bedroom accessories, don't forget to check out LA Mattress Store's extensive range of options. We offer high-quality products that assure comfort and style, enriching your bedroom decor while catering to your sleep needs.

Happy cleaning, and even happier sleeping!