Our beds take a beating from nighttime sweat, breastfeeding, and other liquids that leave unsightly stains. Just because your mattress is soaked in urine or vomit doesn’t mean it’s doomed.
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There are methods for removing sticky messes and odors so you can rest assured that your bed is secure and clean.
Mattresses are significant investments, and you’ll want to look after them properly to ensure that they last as long as possible.
We have a few techniques up our sleeves for cleaning mattress stains and ensuring that yours lasts a long time, whether you like harsh chemicals or natural solutions.
Mysterious Yellow Stains
Cleaning Supplies You Will Need
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Enzyme-based upholstery cleaner
- Simple Solution
- Dish soap
- Laundry detergent
How To Clean Mattress Stains? Steps By Steps
Remove all bedding and sheets from the mattress to prepare it for stain removal. Vacuum it thoroughly with the upholstery attachment and, while you’re at it, use the crevice tool to clean around all the piping, which collects dust and hair. Although dust and hair aren’t related to the stain you’re trying to remove, they do help keep the dust mite population down, which is especially helpful if you suffer from allergies.
The best approach to clean mattress stains is determined on the nature of the stains. Apply the right cleaning approach to each stain.
- Urine, perspiration, and vomit are the most common bodily fluids that cause mattress problems. Unfortunately, you can’t soak a mattress like you would a piece of clothes; instead, you’ll need to use a spray bottle judiciously to prevent turning the mattress’s slow-drying cushiness into the perfect wet conditions for mold and mildew growth (yuck!). To begin, lightly spritz the stained area with plain water until it is just damp. In a spray bottle, combine one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, three teaspoons of baking soda, and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Mist the solution on the stain and carefully scrape it away with a gentle scrub brush or an old toothbrush until it’s gone. Finally, dab the cleansed area with an absorbent cloth after misting with new water.
- Blood: Use the above approach to get rid of blood, but make sure the water and cleaning solution are both cold (hot will set the stain for good!). After mixing, chill the hydrogen peroxide-baking soda solution for about an hour to bring the temperature down. Blood stains will almost certainly require extra brushing action, and you may need to repeat the technique more than once. Using a clean, absorbent cloth, blot up all of the excess liquid.
- Stains from food and beverages: In a spray bottle, use one part laundry detergent, one part vinegar, and ten parts water to remove coffee, red wine, or other food and beverage bloopers. Using a light scrub brush or toothbrush, agitate the stain. Allow the solution to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then dab the stain and cleaning solution away with a wet hand towel or sponge. Continue blotting as needed after rinsing the towel/sponge. After that, wipe any excess liquid with a dry absorbent towel.
To deodorize the mattress, liberally sprinkle baking soda over the cleaned surface. This will assist to pull out any lingering aromas while also absorbing any moisture.
Allow the mattress to dry entirely by allowing it to sit for up to 24 hours if feasible (plan to sack out on the sofa or another bedroom that night). If time is of the essence, you can hurry things up by using a fan or a hairdryer on the cool setting.
Vacuum up the baking soda and make the bed once the mattress is completely dry. You’ll be able to sleep well knowing that your mattress is stain-free and smells like daisies!
How to Remove Different Stains Out of a Mattress
- Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar (or don’t, the scent will go away) and liberally spray the mattress.
- Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes, then blot any excess moisture with paper towels.
- Sprinkle the baking soda on top and set aside for as long as you need it.
- Baking soda is vacuumed.
The spots should be gone, but if they aren’t, repeat the process. This procedure also works well with urine stains.
Breast Milk Stains
- Saturate the stain with a heavy-duty detergent containing lipase or protease enzymes.
- Allow for 15 minutes of sitting time, or as long the bottle specifies.
- Using cold water, dab, blot, and let air dry
OxiClean or Clorox Oxi Magic are two other products that perform well.
- Using one tablespoon of meat tenderizer and two teaspoons of cold water, make a paste.
- Rub the paste into the stain with a toothbrush or something similar.
- Allow it to dry before vacuuming or blotting away any leftovers.
- As needed, repeat.
- Using a dry cloth, absorb and soak up any extra pee.
- Allow 15 minutes for the chemicals to break down any odor-causing proteins after spraying with an enzyme-based cleaning or detergent.
- Using a cloth or rag dipped in cold water, blot the substance to “rinse” it.
- Dab with a dry cloth until no more liquid is visible, then let the bed air dry.
- Remove any residual fragments from the surface using a scraper.
- To decrease moisture as much as possible, dap with towels or rags.
- Allow 15 minutes after liberally covering the bed with baking soda to absorb the odor and extra moisture.
- The stuff should be vacuumed up.
- Use an enzyme-based cleanser, vinegar, or dish soap to clean the area.
- Allow the area to air dry after blotting the cleaning solutions.
- As needed, repeat.
- Using a cloth or paper towel, blot up as much wine as possible.
- Apply cold water to the stain using a moist cloth.
- Wait three minutes after sprinkling salt on the area.
- Using cold water, carefully rub the stain, then blot dry.
- If required, repeat the process.
Food and Coffee
- Using clean towels, absorb or remove as much liquid or food as possible.
- Saturate the stain with a chemical stain remover—for many materials, oxygen bleach is often safe.
- Allow 15 minutes for the remover to work.
- Extract more of the coffee stain with a damp sponge, dab with clean towels, rinse the sponge, and repeat.
- You can repeat these steps as needed if the color doesn’t give.
- Allow the mattress to air dry or use a non-heated blow dryer to dry it.
Protect Your Mattress
How to Freshen a Mattress?
How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?
How Often Should I Clean My Mattress?
You’ll need to vacuum your mattress once a month to remove dust mites, dead skin cells, and surface allergens if you don’t use a mattress protector. At that time, treat any stains and deep clean it twice a year. When using a mattress protector, all you have to do is let your mattress air out while the protector is being washed.
How Often Should I Flip or Rotate My Mattress?
Every three months, flip or rotate your mattress. If both sides of your mattress are the same, flip it one time and rotate it the next. If your mattress just has one sleeping side, rotate it every three months from end to end. This habit will help your mattress last longer by preventing saggy patches and lumps.
Can I Use a Carpet Shampooer or Steam Cleaner on My Mattress?
No. Water is pushed deep into your mattress by a steam cleaner, where air and light cannot reach. Your mattress is nothing more than a large, thick sponge. Consider the odor of a wet sponge that has been left in a dark, warm location for a few days. Mold and mildew can grow inside your mattress due to moisture.
Can I Use Essential Oils to Freshen My Mattress?
No. Most mattress warranties will be voided if essential oils are used. That’s because, while essential oils have a pleasant scent, they are still oils. Rubbing oil into cloth draws dirt, which can develop a permanent stain. You won’t smell the essential oil by the time you’ve vacuumed and covered your mattress to protect it. So, what’s the point of wasting time and effort?