This Is How You Put On A Zippered Mattress Protector

zippered mattress protector

It takes a few minutes to learn how to put on a zippered mattress protector. This is how you can do it perfectly the first time!

A zippered mattress protector needs to be inched over the mattress itself. You might need a helping hand to move things along faster. A zipper then seals the entire mattress inside the protector. 

A zippered mattress protector is a great way to safeguard your bed. Here’s how to fit the mattress without a fuss. 


How To Put On A Zippered Mattress Protector

A zippered mattress protector is a large piece of bedding. You basically just have to slip the cover over the mattress and use the zipper to close the cover. Since it is such a big protector and a mattress is also big, you will complete the job faster with a little help from a friend or family member. 

The Benefits Of A Zippered Mattress Protector

As its name implies, this piece of bedding protects the mattress. Indeed, it keeps the mattress clean and also reduces the damage when there are spills and stains. Being zippered also means that it will not shift around, crumple or wrinkle like other mattress protectors (especially the slipcover types). 

Overall, the cover safeguards the mattress against mites, bed bugs, moisture, and even heavy spills. A zippered mattress cover also reduces the number of allergens in the bed. This means that if you suffer from allergies or asthma, a clean mattress protector will help you to manage both. 

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The Drawbacks Of A Zippered Mattress Protector

This type of mattress protector can be difficult to handle on your own. It is very hard to manoeuvre both the mattress and the zippered mattress protector at the same time. Considering that these covers are made for large bed sizes too, including king-size, it becomes quickly obvious that an extra pair of hands would be very welcome!

Another drawback is not a dealbreaker but it is also related to the cover’s size. Even a single bed’s zippered mattress protector is harder to wash and dry than most other bedding. 

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How To Put On Your Bed’s Zippered Mattress Protector

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We really advise you to get a helper for this, especially if the bed and protector are both larger than a single-sized mattress. It will make a frustrating attempt go much smoother and quicker, we promise!

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Step 1: Make sure that the floor at the foot of your bed is clean. You can even put down a towel. 

Step 2: Remove all the bedding from the mattress and put them to one side.

Step 3: Slide the mattress carefully down and over the foot of the bed.

Step 4: At some point, tilt the foot of the mattress down (so that it now rests on the towel on the floor). The mattress should remain like that by its own weight. 

Step 5: Take the zippered mattress protector and manoeuvre the opening over the top two corners of the mattress. This is where a friend or family member will make the job go quicker as well as the next step! 

Step 6: Slowly and gently tug the mattress protector down the mattress. Take your time and take care to avoid catching the zippered edge on the fabric of the mattress.

Step 7: When you reach the lower end, gently tip the mattress back onto the bed frame. The foot of the mattress should now be off the floor and in the air.

Step 8: Slowly tug the mattress protector over the remaining length of the mattress.

Step 9: Taking care not to catch the zipper on anything, pull the zipper along its tracks to close the mattress protector around the mattress. 

Step 10: Place the mattress back into its correct position.

Step 11: Replace the bedding and look forward to better sleep! (Get more tips to help you sleep better).


How Do I Get Rid Of Stains On My Zippered Mattress Protector?

Now that you know how to put on a zippered mattress protector, you might be wondering how to combat stains and how to properly wash your item. The good news is that you can wash your mattress protector in a washing machine and dry it using a tumble dryer. However, you need to stay on top of a few things. 

How To Treat Stains

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This nifty home remedy works for stains on any type of bedding. Just gather a clean spray bottle, white vinegar, water, and a box of baking soda. Grab some clean cloths or paper towels as well. 

Remove the mattress protector from the bed and mix ⅓ vinegar with ⅔ water inside the spray bottle. Spritz the stain with this mixture and do not be shy – give it a good soak. Let the vinegar solution sit for about an hour before you liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area. Leave this for as long as you can, possibly even overnight. The baking soda will clump together so do not worry, that is normal. Use the cloths to remove the baking soda and repeat the entire process if you need to until the stain is gone.

If you are wondering about how to clean the stain on the mattress, grab our free guide on how to clean a mattress for the answer and more tips!

How To Wash Your Mattress Protector

When you pop your mattress protector in the washing machine, always keep the temperature setting to cold or lukewarm. Mattress protectors do not respond well to heat and can end up being damaged at higher temperatures. Another thing to remember is to use a mild laundry detergent and also to wash the protector on its own. You do not want that zipper to catch on your favourite shirt!

How To Tumble Dry Your Mattress Protector

Just a word of caution. While a mattress protector can be tumble dried, it is not ideal. If you need to dry your protector urgently and the weather outside is too wet for the laundry line (which is safer for your protector), program the dryer for the lowest temperature setting and make sure that you are there moments before the cycle is timed to end. When the drum stops, its heated metal has been known to melt plastic and waterproof parts on protectors that have been left inside. As soon as the cycle ends, remove the protector immediately.


A Quick Summary On How To Put On A Zippered Mattress Protector

  • A zippered mattress protector is more stable than a fitted-sheet type protector.
  • You will most likely need the help of a friend or family to put on the zippered protector. 
  • When the process is done with patience and care, you will avoid damage to the mattress and the zipper.
  • Use a solution of vinegar and baking soda to remove stains. 
  • Use low temperatures and mild detergents to wash a zippered mattress protector.
  • Tumble drying is not ideal but can be done with supervision (air-drying is the preferred way).

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About the Author Tom

My journey into the world of sleep came about through living in several properties over my lifetime and always seeming to have the worst luck with neighbors. All but one have been extremely noisy and very inconsiderate. What this made me realize early on, was that the little sleep my neighbors allowed me to get needed to be of great quality. So I started to learn all about sleep, and what helps people get the best quality sleep possible.