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Ways to Clean a Mattress and Get Rid of Stains


Getting stains on your mattress can be a pain, especially if you can’t get them out no matter what you do at any given moment. You can find someone working on an article about cleaning a mattress, but many of those articles won’t have all the information you need. Maybe they have some great tips, but no mention of stains or how to safely remove them from your mattress. Maybe they have some interesting stain removal tips, but not much to say about stains in general or preventing new ones in the future. This article will give you everything you need to know about how to get stains out of a mattress and how to clean mattress stains on your mattress (or any other surface).

1. Vacuum the Mattress:

If you have stains, you should start by vacuuming your mattress. You can do so with an upholstery attachment on your regular vacuum cleaner or with a purpose-built commercial vacuum cleaner. Even if it’s not visibly dirty, vacuuming is an important first step for removing particles that may be hiding in your mattress fibers.

2. Deodorise with Baking Soda:

Sprinkle baking soda over your mattress, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then vacuum it up. Baking soda’s natural odor-killing properties will eliminate unpleasant smells from bodily fluids or other messes that may have made their way onto your mattress.

3. Vacuum the Baking Soda:

After sprinkling baking soda on your mattress, it’s time to vacuum up all that mess. The baking soda will help absorb any odor-causing bacteria, which you’ll want to get rid of right away. So, go ahead and use your upright vacuum (or carpet sweeper) for an extra thorough cleanse.

4. Make the Cleaning Solution:

Mix one part ammonia with three parts water in a spray bottle. Make sure you shake well before each use. This solution will be used on surfaces that are dry, so it’s important to let any moisture evaporate before spraying.

5. ‘Dry’ Scrub the Mattress:

Even if you’re using a clean towel, bacteria can still be present on it. To combat that problem, use an old toothbrush or paintbrush (or buy new ones) to scrub away stains. The brush will help agitate stains without introducing any additional germs into your mattress.

6. Wipe and Vacuum:

Grab your vacuum hose, set it to low suction, attach your upholstery tool, then vacuum along with all sides of your mattress. It’s important that you take special care around seams because an accumulated build-up will not only be difficult to remove but may cause your mattress cover to tear. Pay special attention to any areas with visible stains so you can easily spot them after vacuuming. Leave no dust bunnies behind! After you’ve vacuumed all sides, wipe down each side with a clean cloth or towel until they are completely free from dirt and debris.

How To Remove Stubborn Bodily Fluid Stains?

If you’ve got some bodily fluid stains that just won’t budge from your mattress, there are several effective cleaning techniques that you can use. The first is steam cleaning, which involves using an industrial-strength steamer to lift stains from your mattress aggressively. This can be time-consuming and expensive, but it could be worth looking into if it’s on a good mattress. Your second option is wet vacuuming. This is best for blood stains or other truly stubborn bodily fluid stains—wet vacuuming lifts them directly from your mattress without having to apply any detergent or cleaner.

Tips To Prevent Mattress Stains

Preventing mattress stains is easier than trying to remove them after they happen. It is also worth noting that not all stains can be removed, but most can if you do it quickly enough. If you’re planning on buying a new mattress, look for organic options that will help repel both water and oil-based liquids. Avoid placing carpeting or rugs next to your bed because spilled liquids can become trapped in between fibers or transfer onto your mattress when people move around at night.

Final Word 

If you spilled something on your mattress, make sure to wipe it up quickly. If you leave it, or if you try cleaning with an old towel that already has stains, your mattress will never look as good as new. If you don’t have anything else lying around, use plain water to clean up. Don’t use window cleaner or any other liquid chemicals on your mattress; those will just eat through the fabric over time and leave stains anyway. Once everything is dry—if water spilled—sprinkle baking soda over where you cleaned and let sit for at least an hour before vacuuming off. You can also put a fan in front of it if time isn’t really an issue.

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