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How to Remove Stains from a Mattress

Last Updated on April 12, 2020 by Ashwini G

A mattress is just one of those things in the house that do not figure into the cleaning list. It could be because some of the people just don’t realize that mattresses need to be cleaned as well. Another reason could be that mattresses are bulky and cumbersome as hence require that extra effort that you are unwilling to put in. Spilled some juice on the bed or junior had a little accident? It could also be a sweat build-up leading to those mattress stains. There can be numerous reasons and things that make your mattress dirty, and there is nothing worse than having to sleep on a dirty mattress. This guide will help you through getting those pesky stains out of your mattress and keeping it clean, fresh, and odor-free.

How and Why Does Your Mattress Stain?

A lot of people get stumped when they remove the bed linen and the mattress protector and see stains on their mattress top. You must be wondering how that stain appeared when the mattress was covered and not exposed. Yet you have a stain staring right at your face. Some of the reasons for mattress stains are as follows:

  • Moisture: A lot of stains come simply from sleeping on the bed. When you sleep, your body loses moisture either through breathing or by sweating. S you must have woken up feeling hot and damp with all that sweating. This sweat is absorbed by the mattress and, over time, causes stains.
  • Accidents: These include toilet accidents, especially from kids and the elderly.
  • Spillages: A very common factor that gives rise to stains is food and drink spillages on the bed.
  • Pets: Your pets tend to stain your mattress very easily. Be it their wet, dirty paws to plopping on the bed when they are wet or even drooling.

Mattress Stain Removal Guide

Removing that dirty stain is more than just aesthetic pleasure. Stains can affect you and your family’s health. This quick and easy guide will help you tackle the various stains that might affect your mattress. Remember that stain cleaning is a spot cleaning process, and there is more than one method of tackling a stain. So be patient and experiment to get the method that works for you.

Before looking at the stain removal methods, you need to keep a few things in mind. Some of these helpful pointers are:

  • Always dab the stain first. This will help you soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Wiping or scrubbing immediately will spread your stain further.
  • Do not wet your mattress too much.
  • Hoover your stain. This will remove the dirt and grime before you get down to cleaning the stain.
  • Wash your sheets and mattress with cool water, not warm or hot. This is because warm and hot temperatures will set your stains, making them more stubborn.
  • Never put on a bed sheet when your mattress is damp. This will trap the moisture inside, leading to more stains.

Keeping these above tips in mind, you should now get down to the business of stain cleaning. A stain wise guide is listed below:

Removing Accidental Bedwetting or Soiling Stains from Mattress

Method 1

  • Make a solution by mixing:
    • Hydrogen Peroxide (3%): 1 cup
    • Baking Soda: 3 Tbsp
    • Washing Liquid: A few drops until the baking soda disappears
  • Pour in a spray bottle and spritz on the stain. Alternatively, you can just sprinkle some solution on the stain, but spray bottle works better.
  • Let this rest on the stain for an hour.
  • Cover the stain with baking soda. Let it rest for another 8 to 10 hours.
  • Hoover the stain and repeat the process if you still have stains.

Method 2

  • Make a solution by mixing white vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio
  • Spray the solution on the stain. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Dab the stain with a cloth to remove the excess vinegar-water solution
  • Sprinkle the stain with baking soda to remove the vinegar and other odors. Hoover the stain to remove the baking soda.

Removing Blood Stains from Mattress

These are probably the hardest to remove. You need to tackle them as early as possible to get positive results.

  • Spray some hydrogen peroxide (3%) on the stain and blot it up with cloth Repeat till the stain is gone.
  • Try lemon juice instead of hydrogen peroxide.
  • You can also use liquid detergent to get the stain out.

Removing Vomit Stains from Mattress

At one point or another, you must have vomited on the bed or had someone in the family do so. You should firstly strip the sheet rinse the vomited matter off and throw it in the washing machine cycle. Next to tackle the mattress.

  • Use a white vinegar and water solution in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Spray the solution on the stain and immediately blot up the excess with a clean, dry cloth. Repeat till the stain is gone.
  • Sprinkle baking soda to deodorize the mattress. Let it rest for an hour before hovering up the excess baking soda.

Removing Wine Stain from Mattress

Your best bet to removing wine stains is when they are fresh. Don’t let the stain set.

  • Dab sparkling water on the stain.
  • Pour salt to soak up the wine and the sparkling water
  • Let it rest for a few hours
  • As the salt dries, it will automatically lift the stain off the mattress
  • Sprinkle with baking soda for any remaining odor. Make sure to remove the excess baking soda after an hour.

Removing Other Stains from Mattress

You can use these generic methods for any other stain on the mattress.

Method 1

  • Dilute some washing liquid. Make sure you don’t over dilute it. The best bet is 1:2 ratio wit washing liquid and water.
  • Spray on the stain and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Blot it with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Repeat till the stain disappears.

Method 2

  • Mix washing liquid and water. Stir it up to make bubbles.
  • Rub the stain with these bubbles in a circular motion.
  • Next, spray some white vinegar on the stain and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on top of the vinegar.
  • Dab with a clean, dry cloth once the fizzing ends.
  • If the stain is still there, then spray some hydrogen peroxide on the stain and rub in a circular motion before dabbing out the extra.

Why Should You Bother Removing That Stain?

A lot has been said about cleaning your mattress. The question arises as to why you should take all that effort to clean it when you can simply cover it with a bedsheet. Some reasons why you need to clean your mattress are:

  • Dust Mites: You shed about a quarter-million dead skin cells in one night of sleep. Most of these dead skin cells are caught on the bedsheet. However, these dead skin cells attract dust mites that feed on it, and these dust mites make a home in your mattress. Mattresses on an average host anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dust mites.
  • Mold and Mildew: All the moisture and sweat that your mattress absorbs every night while you sleep gives the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew to develop.
  • Bacteria and Fungus: There are a lot of accidental and not so accidental messes that happen on your bed. Be it pets, kids, food, or drinks. These are, to some extent, absorbed by your mattress and, over time, lead to bacterial and fungal growth.

Simple Steps to Keep Your Mattress Clean

Cleaning your mattress is unavoidable, but there are certain preventive measures that you can take to delay cleaning. Some of them are:

  • Invest in a mattress protector
  • Tackle any stains when they are fresh
  • Always cover your mattress with the bed linen
  • Keep a few mothballs under your mattress to keep it fresh and mildew resistant
  • If you have elderly patients or small children consider having a plastic mattress sheet to protect the mattress from toilet accidents
  • Don’t allow your pets on the bed
  • Avoid eating or drinking on the bed

FAQ Section

What Is the Cause of Having Yellow Stains on The Mattress?

Yellow stains on the mattress are mostly caused due to sweat, urine, or food preservatives. Over time your mattress will become discolored and musty smelling from the sweat that it accumulates. If you have a child in the house, the chances are that the stain is a urine stain. Then again, if you are in the habit of easting on the bed, the yellow stain could also be caused due to some food coloring agent.

Which Mattress Stain Remover Is the Best?

Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, vinegar, or good old laundry detergents are all basic stain removers that work very well against stains. However, the best stain remover will depend upon the type and nature of the stain in question.

Can You Make Your Mattress White Again?

Yes, with a little bit of cleaning, you can make your mattress look white again. Just mix the following ingredients into a solution. The ingredients are:

  • Baking soda: 2 Tbsp
  • Dish Soap: 1 Tsp.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (3%): 1 cup

Put this solution into a spray bottle and spritz all over the mattress. Alternatively, you can simply soak a cloth or soft scrub with this solution and clean the mattress. Repeat this a few times to get a sparkling white mattress.

Is It Possible to Deep Clean A Mattress?

Not only is it possible to deep clean a mattress, but it is also not that difficult or tedious to do that. Below is a step by step process to doing that:

  • Remove the bedding
  • Vacuum the mattress thoroughly to remove any debris or dirt particles
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress and leave it for 24 hours
  • Vacuum the mattress again to get rid of the remaining baking soda

Many people cringe at the thought of having to clean their mattresses. But you do not have to despair. Mattress cleaning and stain removal are simpler than it looks. Once you get down to it, you will have finished the chore even before you realize you are doing it. Only remember that the longer you let the stain stay, the lower your chances to remove it easily. Whatever it is, you cannot undermine the importance of keeping your mattress clean. The bottom line is that your mattresses need to be cleaned and the stains removed to keep them fresh and hygienic.

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