How To: Clean Mattress Stains
Be good to your bed by banishing smelly, unsightly messes with a few household staples and these smart techniques.
A good mattress is a big-ticket purchase, but stains—from bodily fluids to breakfast-in-bed accidents—are often inevitable. What’s more, in most cases a visible stain will void the warranty on your mattress. So, protect your investment by making regular cleaning and stain removal part of your housecleaning routine. It’s easy to do, involving everyday ingredients that you no doubt already have hiding in your cleaning caddy. Here, we’ve laid out the essential formulas for how to clean mattress stains so that you can quickly banish any of the most common mattress mishaps (and rest easy once more).
Prep the mattress for stain removal by stripping all bedding and sheets. Give it a thorough vacuuming with the upholstery attachment and, as a “while you’re at it” measure, employ the crevice tool around all the piping, where dust and hair collect. Dust and hair may not be related to the stain you intend to treat, but removing them keeps down the dust mite population, which is especially important to restful sleep if you’re an allergy sufferer.
How to clean mattress stains will depend on the type of stains themselves. Target each stain with the appropriate cleaning technique.
• Urine, sweat, and vomit:These bodily fluids are the most likely culprits for mattress messes. Unfortunately, you can’t soak a mattress as you would a piece of clothing; rather, you must use liquid sparingly, with a spray bottle, in order to avoid turning its slow-drying cushiness into the ideal damp conditions for mold and mildew growth (yuck!). First, gently mist the stained area with plain water until just slightly damp. Then mix one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with three tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Mist that solution over the stain, and gently brush with a soft scrub brush or old toothbrush until the stain is gone. Finally, mist the cleaned area with fresh water and blot with an absorbent towel.
• Blood:Banish blood with the technique above, making sure that the water and cleaning solution are bothcold(hot will set the stain in for good!). Put the hydrogen peroxide-baking soda solution in the fridge for an hour or so after mixing to bring the temperature down. You’ll likely need to use extra brushing action on blood stains and may need to repeat the procedure more than once. Blot up all the excess liquid with a clean, absorbent towel.
• Food and drink stains:For coffee, red wine, or other food and beverage bloopers, mix one part laundry detergent, one part vinegar, and 10 parts water in a spray bottle. Mist the stain and agitate with a soft scrub brush or toothbrush. Give the solution 10 to 15 minutes of dwell time. Then blot with a wet hand towel or sponge to remove the stain and the cleaning solution. Rinse the towel/sponge and continue blotting as necessary. Then blot with a dry absorbent towel to remove any excess liquid.
To deodorize the mattress, sprinkle the cleaned area generously with baking soda. This will help to draw out unpleasant odors while absorbing any remaining moisture.
Allow the mattress to sit for up to 24 hours, if possible, so it can dry completely (plan to sack out on the sofa or another bedroom that night). Or if time is of the essence, you can use a fan or a hairdryer on the cool setting to speed things up.
Once the mattress is completely dry, vacuum up the baking soda and make the bed. You’ll rest well knowing that your mattress is stain-free and daisy fresh!
How To Clean A Mattress and Get Rid of Stains
Knowinghow to clean a mattresscan help you sleep better at night. This guide explains how to clean your mattress and get rid of stains, odors, and allergens. It also covers how to protect your mattress, so it stays clean and fresh.
Why You Should Clean Your Mattress
Dead Skin Cells and Dust Mites
Of the estimated 1.6trillionskin cells on our bodies, roughly 30,000 to 40,000 of them fall off every hour. Multiply that by the eight hours we’re supposed to get, and we’re shedding around a quarter-million dead skin cells in our sleep.
Sure, your sheets catch most of the skin cells. What they don’t protect your mattress from are the dust mites that feed on those dead skin cells. And, there arehundreds of thousandsof those dust mites in your bed.
Or, Glen Needham, a retired professor of entomology at Ohio State University, says, “Every mattress is a crime scene in terms of how it gets inoculated with mites.”
Moisture, Mold, and Mildew
When we sleep, our bodies lose moisture. Some of that is simply the result of us breathing. Some of it is also sweat.
If you’re a person who “sleeps hot” or who suffers from hot flashes or night sweats, you know how damp your bedding and mattress can get. Combine the two, and our bodies produce over a pound of moisture each night!
While much of that evaporates in the air, plenty soaks into your mattress. There, the dense materials and warm, dark environment provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew spores.
Pets, Kids, and Other Messes
If you have young children, the chances are that at least one mattress in your home bears the results of a nighttime accident. Even house-trained pets can leave your mattress damp if they spend much time licking their paws or hop on your bed right after a bath. And, of course, full-grown adults can soil a mattress several ways, too.
So, you can put up with a stained mattress that stinks of sweat and body oils, or you can set aside an afternoon to deep clean your mattress and get it looking — and smelling — new again.
How to Clean Your Mattress
You need to strip the bed before you begin cleaning your mattress, so this is a good time to launder your bed linens, too.
- Using the hottest setting allowed on the manufacturer’s label will kill dust mites on your sheets and blankets.
- Go ahead and wash your pillows and fabric mattress toppers.
- You can even wash an electric blanket if you use one.
While the washer and dryer are doing their thing, follow the steps below to clean your mattress.
1. Vacuum the Top and Sides
Your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment is the best tool for mattress cleaning. Start at the top and work your way down in overlapping, narrow paths.
Vacuum the sides the same way. Don’t worry about the other side of the mattress just yet — we’ll get there in step 5. For now, we’re clearing away dead skin cells, pet hair, and surface dirt to make the next step more effective.
2. Remove Odors with Baking Soda
S prinkle your mattress well with plain baking soda (bicarb for UK readers) andgentlyrub it in, so it bonds with surface moisture. Let it sit for 10 minutes to continue neutralizing odors.
What about adding essential oils?
Several readers have asked about mixing essential oils with the baking powder before sprinkling it on their mattresses. I don’t recommend it for a couple of reasons.
- Essential oils are stilloils.Rubbing any oil into a fabric is never a good idea — it attracts dirt and can make the bond between the material and soil permanent. That’s pretty much the exactoppositeof what we’re trying to achieve when we clean a mattress.
- It’s a waste of time.By the time you’ve cleaned the mattress, removed stains, and protected it from future problems, you won’t be able to smell the essential oil. So why bother?
3. Vacuum Again
After giving the baking soda time to bond with surface moisture and odors, it’s time to vacuum it out of the mattress.
Using the upholstery attachment, vacuum the top and sides of the mattress with slow, overlapping strokes. Donotpress too hard — it interferes with your vacuum’s suction and may snag your bed’s fabric.
4. How to Remove Mattress Stains
Mattresses typically acquire three types of stains: blood, urine, and what we’ll call “other bodily fluids.”
While it’s best to treat stains immediately, sometimes sleep is more important. Fortunately, you can still clean stains on your mattress even after they’ve been there a while.
You can often get fresh blood stains out of mattresses with just a rag, some cold water, and a little soap. For fresh blood stains, it’s important to usecoldwater, since heat causes the proteins in blood to bond with the mattress material.
If cold water and a bit of soap didn’t do the trick, use the dried blood remover for mattresses below.
How to Clean Mattress Stains (10 Minute Magic Green Cleaning!)
I never EVER thought I would be writing about “how to clean mattress stains”! After all, this blog is about beautiful DIYs and delicious recipes.Mattress stains? They never happen here!
Or do they?Our waterproof mattress covers have kept all our mattresses perfect like new. UNTIL a moving day when our guest queen mattress fell on the ground and acquired a few muddy spots.No big deal, I’ll just put some soap on the spots and clean the mattress stains with a rag!
I. Was. WRONG.After my two attempts, the mattress stains grew from a few tiny spots, to huge patches of cloud like patterns that reminds you of something much worse than mud or soap!HORROR!
Luckily I was able to find the magic DIY green cleaner that completely cleaned the mattress stains in 10 minutes! It saved us from even thinking about using bleach, and made the mattress look fresh and new again!
I realized that the question of “how to clean mattress stains” is actually worth writing about, among all the beautiful arts and crafts here. I will share with you this amazing green cleaning process, and 3 things you should NOT do when trying to clean mattress stains!
How to clean mattress stains in 10 minutes, naturally!
When my two attempts failed, our mattress looked like this. ( I don’t have any photos of the original muddy spots , because I was so confident that cleaning a mattress is easy! ) I was feeling hopeless because it seems to get worse each time I try! Thankfully after reading a bunch of articles on cleaning a mattress naturally, I gave it one more try, and it worked like magic!Below are closeups photos of before and after.
Reference point: you can see the black scratch mark on the upper right corner in the before photo, and it’s almost gone on the lower left corner in the after photo.I modified some of the mattress cleaning recipes and processes based on online research , and what I have learned from my two failures.
IMPORTANT:work in a ventilated space because there is definitely some reactions taking place!
Materials to clean mattress stains:
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I useda 16 oz spray bottle, clear natural liquid dish soap ( without added coloring ) , baking soda,and3% hydrogen peroxide.
Step 1: Spray mattress with diluted dish soap
Fill the 16 oz bottle with water and add 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Mix well and spray the entire mattress. The key here is to cover the surface of the mattress, use your hand and check to make sure there areNO DRY SPOTS!More on this at the end in“3 Things Not to Do”section.
You will likely use 1 to 2 bottles of the 16 oz water and soap mixture to spray an entire queen mattress. Work fast and move on to the next step while the mattress is damp.
Step 2: Spray mattress with diluted hydrogen peroxide
Fill the 16 oz bottle with half water and half 3% hydrogen peroxide . Again, mix well and spray the entire mattress. Spray a little extra on the stained areas.
Step 3: Dust mattress with baking soda.
While the mattress is damp, evenly dust the entire surface with baking soda. You will need 2-3 cups of baking soda for a queen mattress. Use a clean rag to spread the baking soda so it forms a thin layer of paste over the mattress surface.
The entire process will take less than 10 minutes. As you spread the baking soda, you can already see the mattress stains become lighter! Because there is a reaction taking place,work fast and keep windows open. Leave the room and let the baking soda dry overnight.
The next day, you will return to a sparkly clean mattress! Sweep the dried baking soda off the mattress surface and enjoy your like-new mattress! It is OK if a little baking soda remains on the mattress.
Now that you have a gorgeous mattress, how about a beginner friendly DIY bed frame with headboard?
3 things NOT to do when trying to clean mattress stains:
1 . Do not spot clean mattress stains.
This was what I did. Day one, I used soap to clean the few muddy spots, and ended up with bigger areas of water and soap and dirt marks. Day two, I used soap and baking soda, according to some recipes on line, the stains got even bigger.
The key here is to spray the entire surface of the mattress with no dry spots, which means no watermarks later!
2 . Do not use bleach to clean mattress stains.
Bleach is really harsh on fabrics. Since we can’t run the entire mattress underwater to rinse off the bleach, it can also be harmful to air quality in the bedroom.
3 . Do not use soap that contain harsh chemicals or colors.
Choose a clearnatural liquid dish soap.Some soaps have colors, which means they could tint your mattress.
In addition to cleaning mattress stains, this recipe and process is also great for cleaning carpet stains, yoga mat, certain upholstery, etc.
Having a clean home is an essential part of having a beautiful home!Here are a couple of green cleaning tutorials you may love:Homemade effective green cleaning products and free printable recipe labels!
How to Clean Mattress Stains (Yes… we all have them!)
Our mattresses are so important to the quality of our sleep (and therefore, the quality of our LIVES!), but we really don’t give them as much care and attention as we should.
The average mattress lasts 8 years, but some types can last even longer. In those years your mattress will see a lot of use!
If you’re a lazy-bug like me, then you’re mattress probably gets above-average use!
But, of course, there will be accidents. Maybe you’ll spill your morning tea or coffee (guilty!) or maybe the baby will pee or puke on your bed (it happens!). Whatever the cause, it’s important to clean your mattress the best you possibly can. After all… do you really want to be sleeping on regurgitated baby food?!
I’ve written a whole guide abouthow to deep clean your mattress(easy step-by-step instructions to REALLY get it clean!), but this post is going to be a bit more specific. We’re going to talk about how to clean mattress STAINS!
Grab my Mattress Cleaning Cheatsheet for recipes and steps for how to get your mattresses really clean!
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Types of Mattress Stains
There are many different types of mattress stains, but we’re going to focus on the most common ones (and the grossest ones!).
The majority of mattress stains are “biological”… meaning your bodies cause them! Nice, right?!
The trouble with biological stains is that if you don’t clean them REALLY well, then they will start to smell. Eventually, your mattress will smell worse than a teenager’s gym bag! (trust me… that’s bad!).
In this post we’ll look at how to clean three types of biological mattress stains:
These types of messes can happen to anyone, at any time. So it’s a good idea to remember these tips for the future… just in case you need them!
How to Clean Mattress Stains
It is best to treat mattress accidents when they happen. But they normally happen in the middle of the night, and no-one has the energy to start cleaning then!
If your adorable little toddler wets the bed in the middle of the night, the last thing you’re going to do is start cleaning the mattress! That’s OK! Use an old towel to dry up as much of the pee as possible, then take the little one into bed with you (after you’ve changed their PJs, of course!) and deal with the mattress the next day!
However, you do want to clean the mattress stain as soon as possible. The sooner you treat it, the easier it will be to remove! So don’t wait days to clean it (that’s just gross anyway!).
Cleaning Urine Stains
Urine stains on mattresses are probably one of the most common (especially in a home with kids or pets!), and they can also be the hardest to get REALLY clean once they have dried.
The trouble with pee is that it smells! As it dries, the moisture evaporates and leaves behind the stinky pee crystals!
If you have pets, then you know that even a small amount of pet urine can stink out a whole room (yes… this is my current battle with my new puppy!).
DIY Urine Cleaner
There is a very quick and easy way you can treat urine stains and smells, without having to buy any fancy cleaners. Although for really tough jobs… those “fancy cleaners” REALLY do a great job! I have four dogs and four cats… I know about cleaning up tough messes. I LOVE Anti Icky Poo Urine Cleaner – stupid name, great product!
For this DIY urine cleaner all you need is hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda.
- 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda (the stuff in the orange box… not baking powder!)
- A few drops of Dish Soap (Dawn dish soap works best)
- Optional: You can also use a few drops of essential oil
Mix these ingredients together in a spray bottle (make sure the baking soda is completely dissolved).
You can use this solution neat for really tough urine stains, or you can dilute it slightly with water.
Spray the mixture over the affected areas of the bed (don’t get it too wet though), then let the solution sit and do its work!
Once the mattress is fully dry, you can vacuum it to get rid of any baking soda residue.
If the smell or stain is still there, then repeat the process again. Sometimes it can take more than one application.
Cleaning Sweat Stains
The yellow sweat stains that can develop on your mattress will eventually make it start to smell… well… gross!
If you are regularly cleaning your mattress (once every 6 months, as I suggest in my How to Deep Clean your Mattress guide), then it’s a good idea to treat any sweat stains then as well. The longer they sit and build-up, the harder they are to clean.
The solution above for urine stains will often work well on sweat stains (on clothes and pillows as well as mattresses). But if there is still a lingering yellow tint, then you might want to try a paste of lemon juice and salt.
DIY Sweat Cleaner
The quantity of the ingredients you need will depend on the size of the stain you are cleaning.
You want to mix enough salt and lemon juice together to create a paste.
Using an old toothbrush (keyword here is OLD… please don’t use your husband’s toothbrush. Trust me, they don’t like it!) to rub the paste onto the stain.
Let the paste sit on the stain for a short while (15-30 minutes should do it), and then wipe off. Your gross yellow sweat stains should now be a thing of the past!
Grab my Mattress Cleaning Cheatsheet for recipes and steps for how to get your mattresses really clean!
Cleaning Blood Stains
No post about how to clean mattress stains would be complete without talking about BLOOD!
OK, this might be a bit of a gross one to talk about. But it happens! We’re all grown-ups (or at least pretending to be grown-ups), so we can talk about this without getting embarrassed!
Ladies, sometimes we have accidents too. When we have our period, there are times, that menstrual blood ends up on the mattress. It’s not pleasant, but it happens to ALL of us!
And menstrual blood isn’t the only kind of blood we can get on our mattresses. Maybe someone gets nose bleed, or they scratch a scab.. blood happens!
There are a few different solutions you can use to clean up blood, and if one doesn’t work, then go ahead and try a different one.
DIY Blood Cleaner
Generally, the best one for fresh and dried blood stains is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, salt and dish soap.
To treat a small bloodstain you will need:
- 1/4 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 tablespoon of Salt
- 1 tablespoon of Dish Soap (Dawn works well)
Mix them together into a paste and spread it on the stain. Let the mixture sit for a while (you can even leave it until it fully dries), and then scrape it off.
To remove any residue (and the last of the stain), you can bloat it with a clean cloth that’s been dipped in hydrogen peroxide.
This also works REALLY well on clothes, bedding or underwear!
Other Blood Cleaners
There are a few other ways you can clean blood out of your mattress (or clothes). In fact, I learned these three methods from my grandmother, who learned them from her mother in the late 1800’s! They have stood the test of time!
- Salt– Sprinkling salt on blood stains (especially when they are fresh) is a fast and easy way to treat them. Then wash with cold water and the stain should easily come out.
- Meat Tenderizer– Make a paste out of unseasoned meat tenderizer and water. Rub the paste onto the stain and let it sit for a short while. Wash the paste off and the stain should go too!
- Spit– Yes, this is gross. But it really works. My grandmother was a seamstress, and if she pricked her finger and got a drop of blood on the fabric, then she would use spit to rub the bloodstain off the fabric! Probably not practical for large stains, but good for tiny ones!
Ounce of Prevention
While on the subject of my grandmother, one thing she used to say (a LOT!) is that an “ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure”. Basically, taking a small preventative step will save you a lot of work later!
So I’d recommend that everyone invests in a good quality mattress protector! We spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on our mattresses, protecting them just makes good sense!
You shouldn’t need to know how to clean mattress stains if you have a good mattress protector!
Mattress protectors aren’t those horrible vinyl plastic bags anymore, either. There are plenty of soft mattress protectors, that you won’t even realize are on your bed!
Hopefully, you’ve found these tips useful!
And remember to save this post for future reference!
9 Ways to Clean Mattress Stains (That Work Fast)
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Do you know that the dirtiest place at home is not your floors, kitchen, or your toilet? It’s your bed. If you sleep for at least 8 hours a day, you will spend about 3,000 hours every year on your mattress. During this whole time, your body will be sweating, shedding skin cells, and of course, we know other things you will be doing in your bed, and all these things are absorbed by your mattress making it a prime breeding ground for bacteria and bugs ( Click to see my experience on how to get rid of dust mites). That’s why you need to learn how to clean mattress stains and freshen things up in your bedroom. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or time to clean your mattress. There are a few cleaning methods we have recommended here. Read on our 10 ways to clean mattress stains.
1. Use Borax
Borax is one of the most undervalued cleaning agents. People have been using boric acid to clean things at home. To clean mattress stains, simply mix water and borax to create a paste, which you can then spread over the stain so it can penetrate. Allow it to sit and dry for about an hour. Using a brush, remove the dried borax powder. Scrub the spot with a brush and little soapy water, and rinse it well with a wet towel. Use a dry towel to dab it. You can buy Borax cheaply on Amazon.
2. Soap and Water
If you are dealing with a fresh stain, using dish wash soap and water can help clean mattress stains. Stains on mattresses are better handled when they are fresh or as soon as you spot them to save it from getting a permanent mark. A mattress should not be left with moisture, and thus it is important to use very little water and more soap when using this method. Use a dry towel to dab the wet stain to remove any moisture left. After this procedure, dry your mattress by laying it outside in a spot with enough sunlight, or use a shop-vac to suck out moisture.
3. Bleaching Agent
I would recommend this option on stubborn stains that have persisted. However, before bleaching your mattress, test your bleaching agent on a few towels to see its reaction. Start with a mild bleach such as hydrogen peroxide. Dab the stain with the bleach and scrub the area a little bit. Remember to wear gloves and only apply the bleaching agent on the stained area. Also, be sure to dry the area with towels that you don’t normally use as they too can be discolored by the bleach.
This should be done using a steaming vacuum cleaner. The best thing about this is that it sucks up moisture well. Steaming gives you a better chance of removing the mattress stain (my unbiased steam cleaner reviews) as it doesn’t drive it deeper or covers it up with bleach- but these also work. Although it will cost you a couple of bucks, a steam cleaner will save you a lot of hassle.
5. Lemon Juice and Salt
This combination offers a solution to different problems, and cleaning mattress stains are one of them. Lemon has a bleach-like effect to lighten the stains and deodorize the area. Mix the two to form a thick paste and apply it to cover the stain. Allow it to stand for 30-60 minutes and then sweep it off or vacuum the mattress. Use a sponge to rinse it. Repeat this procedure a few times to see if the stain disappear.
6. Enzyme Cleaner
An enzyme cleaner like this on Amazon is a good laundry product, especially the oxygenated enzyme cleaner. These cleaners break stains blocks into molecular structure. This involves a lot of science, which I would obviously not expound here, but they are great for bloodstains. Check manufacturer’s instructions and follow them. Most enzyme cleaners are safe on most fabrics, but it is always good to be sure. Pour a little bit of it on a towel and pat it on the stained spot. Allow it to settle for about half an hour to break down the stain. After this, the stain will be easier to remove using a towel or a gentle brush. Either way, there will be a patch on the stained area. Rinse the spot with a wet cloth and dry the excess wet. Use a fan to dry all moisture or take your mattress out in the sun to allow in air and heat to drive moisture off.
7. Using Baking Soda
Baking soda (see different uses) is another home-tested stain removal. Mix it with cold water and apply it to the stain or apply it directly and later sprinkle some white vinegar on it. Allow it to settle for about 30 minutes to work on the stain before rinsing. Repeat this process severally on the stain until it has cleared out. Baking soda can also be used to remove urine stains from mattresses. Read more on this one here
8. Hydrogen Peroxide and Cream of Tartar
You can mix these two and apply the paste to the stain. Allow the paste to dry before vacuuming the spot. Repeat the procedure if the stain has not vanished. This mixture bleaches colored mattresses. Therefore, only apply it on mattresses with no shouting colors.
9. Hydrogen Peroxide, Corn Starch, and Salt
If a stain persists, it is time to unleash your creativity. Instead of using detergent on the salt and hydrogen peroxide mixture, spice things up with cornstarch. You will need ½ cup of cornstarch and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, as well as one tablespoon of salt to get a powerful paste. Apply this concoction to your stubborn stain and allow it to dry out. Use a brush to scrape off excess paste and vacuum the mattress to remove all the dust created by the paste.
10.White Vinegar and Water
If you have trouble getting rid of stubborn stains, consider using something natural yet effective like white vinegar. Make a solution using a 1/4 cup of white vinegar and water, shake the mixture well and transfer to a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the stubborn stains and scrub out the excess solution with a wet cloth. You can also sprinkle some baking soda on the treated area and leave for some time to lighten the effect of the stains further.
Cleaning Solution For Different Types Of Mattress Stains
Now that you know the different products that you can use to clean mattress stains, remember to keep them handy so that you can use them at any time. Below, I have provided instructions to help you deal with the different types of stains on a mattress.
Pee and Sweat Stains On a Mattress
Bedwetting accidents are common in houses that have kids and it’s unimaginable to raise the little ones without a couple of these nightmares, leaving behind a yellowish stain and strong odor. Besides urine, sweat is another liquid form of waste excreted by the human body. It can make clothes and mattresses smell terribly bad and discolor them too.
To get rid of the stain and odor, create a solution by mixing one cup of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap. Stir together until the baking soda dissolves completely. Put this mixture in a bottle and spray on the stained area. Allow the mattress to soak the mixture and let it air dry for about one hour. To speed up, you may place a fan or blow dryer close to the mattress.
Blood Stains On a Mattress
If the mattress gets bloodstains on it accidentally, it not only looks hideous but embarrassing too. It is one of the trickiest types of stains you can have on your mattress, but make sure you always use cold water to clean them. Using hot water on stains can put a permanent mark on the mattress. Read on to find the solution for bloody nightmares.
In a spray bottle, add hydrogen peroxide to cover ¾ the bottle. Now, spray the solution over the bloodstains and blot with a towel. Continue spraying and blotting until the stain completely vanishes. Now, just allow the mattress to air dry on its own or you may use a blow dryer to quicken the process.
Puke Stains On a Mattress
If you have kids at home then you are probably aware of the puke puddles on the mattress. They not only leave behind unsightly stains but also very nasty smell. If unattended, these areas can become the breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Stomach virus or eating too many chocolates and cookies before bedtime may be responsible for this horror. Read on to find a quick solution to get rid of vomit stains and bad smell.
Take a spray bottle and mix water and white vinegar 50-50 solution. Shake well and now spray this solution on the stained area of the mattress. Blot with a towel. Keep spraying and blotting until the stain is gone. If the stain is still visible after spraying and blotting numerous times, sprinkle some baking soda on the treated area and vacuum clean after an hour. Allow the mattress to air dry completely.
Tips To Protect Your Mattress And Make It Last Longer
A good night’s sleep starts from a proper mattress that is clean and odor-free. A little care and prevention can go a long way in keeping the mattress in good shape and free of bed bugs. Even the average size mattress calls for good investment, so it’ s important that you take good care of it. While the average life of a mattress is about 5- 10 years, it can stay well-maintained for a shorter or longer period of time depending on how you take care of it. Here are some of the most useful tips to keep your mattress in good shape for much longer.
#1. It should be supported properly
It is not mandatory for you to buy a foundation or matching box springs for your new mattress, but you should make sure that it has the right kind of support to stay in shape. It not only protects the integrity of the materials but also prevents early signs of wear and tear. Make sure you check with the manufacturer and take a look at the warranty policy to determine the best support.
The box springs are typically used with the spring mattresses only and the memory foam and other types of mattresses need more solid support. The bed frames should be designed in a way to support the mattresses and sleepers adequately. It is a good idea to check the bed frame or support annually to ensure that there are no broken springs or slats that could damage your mattress.
#2. Wash the bed linens regularly
While we sleep, our body sheds a lot of sweat, oil, and skin cells that can slowly stain the bed linens and often permeate through to stain the mattress as well. As a result, we recommended house owners to wash the bed linens regularly. This will also prevent the growth of dust mites (see more detailed), mold and bacteria.
As per the cleaning experts, bed linens and blankets should be washed at least once every week or every two weeks. Even if you use a protector to cover your mattress, it is still advisable to keep the bedsheets clean. The protector may also be washed at times by following the manufacturer’s directions.
#3. Separate beds for pets to snuggle in
If you have a Fido or Lucy at home, your mattress is at a higher risk of getting dirty and stained. To avoid the trouble, we suggest that you get separately designated beds for your furry friends so that they can snuggle in their cozy space instead of trying to cuddle with you on your bed.
Some people argue that well-groomed pets are safe, but let me make it clear that even the most maintained pets shed hair and have dirty paws that can cause stains on your mattress. They may accidentally pee, poop, or puke on your mattress to cause stains that can be tough to get rid of.
#4. Cover your mattress with a protector
Mattresses don’t come cheap and if you wish to protect your investment, get a good quality protector to cover it well. This is a simple and easy way to protect your mattress from accidental spills, dust, debris, and bed bugs from getting into your bed. It also protects the inner materials of the bed from damage caused by sweat, skin oils, and skin shedding that are primarily responsible for allergen buildups.
Having a protector over the mattress also reduces the chances of getting stains from accidental spills as they can be quickly cleaned before spreading. Some of the modern styles of protectors are as comfortable as fitting bed sheets.
#5. Rotate the mattress regularly
When you bought a new mattress, the staff may have explained to you the benefits of rotating the mattress regularly. No matter how big or heavy your mattress is, make sure you rotate it frequently to promote an even wear. For example, if your kid keeps repeatedly wetting one side of the mattress and that part is treated with above-mentioned solution, this area may undergo some wear in the long run. Rotating the mattress from head to foot every two to six months will ensure that the product lasts longer.
#6. Be careful when moving the mattress
When moving the house, mattress is one of the bulkiest and most vulnerable of all things that you will move. Make sure you protect your investment by covering it plastic and avoid bending or folding it. Keeping the heavy-duty mattress properly secured and covered can keep stains, scratches, and scuffs off it.
#7. Never eat on the mattress
I know it is tempting to enjoy a bed breakfast or eat a pizza or cake on the bed, but let me warn you that this can have detrimental effects. The food crumbs that fall on the bed can welcome nasty bed bugs and bacteria to thrive on your mattress. Accidental droppings of the sauce, cake, cream, juice, or tea may also result in staining the mattress. No matter how careful you are, you never know when your pet may jump on the bed or your toddler may drop a piece of cake. For more: Why you should never eat in bed
#8. Avoid inviting unwanted critters to your home
Bedbugs are one of the biggest reasons behind ruining a mattress and once they get inside, getting rid of them can be practically impossible. When you sleep away from home, always keep luggage on the floor and inspect the bed to ensure that it’s free of bugs. If you live in apartments or around the countryside where these critters are mostly found, use a bedbug spray or bedbug-proof mattress cover to protect your investment.
#9. Let sunlight come in occasionally
When it’s sunny and dry outside, make sure you remove the bed linen and let the sunlight and air come into the house. This helps in removing excess moisture from the mattress. It also helps in reducing bed bugs if any. If there are stubborn stains on the mattress, this could be the right time to try some of the above-mentioned ways to get rid of them and then air dry quickly.
#10. Follow manufacturer’s cleaning instructions
All types of mattress need to be cleaned thoroughly to keep the sleep environment sanitized and healthy. Most of the manufacturers will provide directions for general cleaning and spot stain removal. To remove bed bugs and dust, you will need to vacuum clean the mattress with a hose attachment. The stains can be spot treated with water and soap solution. You may also try one of the above methods to clean the mattress stains.
How to prevent mattress stains？
The best way to protect your mattress from getting stains is by using mattress protectors. They are an improved version of mattress pads. Look for mattress protectors that cover your whole mattress, and one with a zipper or stretchy sides. Those with zippers are more pricey but the best. Look for a mattress protector that comes with a lifetime warranty and a guarantee.
How often should you vacuum clean the mattress?
Depending on the level of dust, allergies, and pet, the vacuum should be done in every one to three months and the stains should be spot-treated as required. Even though the brand and model may differ, the basics of cleaning remain the same.
How to make your mattress smell good?
When spot cleaning pee or bloodstains, add 10-20 drops of essential oils to baking soda to create an effective solution. Spray this on the stains and let it sit for about an hour to allow the baking soda to do its work. The essential oils are not only anti-bacterial but they also leave a refreshing scent behind.
When do you know it’s time to get a new mattress?
The average life of a mattress is 5-10 years. If your mattress has gone past that mark and it is too stinky and stained to be cleaned then maybe it’s time to get a new mattress for your bed.