Something we’ve all experienced or will experience in our lifetime: mattress stains. Like any pesky stain, stains on your mattress can be annoying and difficult to remove. Sometimes we have no idea how they got there in the first place.
Perhaps we were eating in bed when we shouldn’t have been or had an unexpected accident from a pet or a little one. Whatever the case, accidents happen and that shouldn’t stop us from living life or doing the things we enjoy. Go ahead and crack open that bottle of wine, bring your glass to bed and get cozy while we serve you the best tips on how to remove those awful stains from your mattress.
Basic Stain Removal for Your Mattress
As you care for and clean your mattress, it can be difficult because they aren’t meant to get wet. A wet mattress for a prolonged period of time can mean mould, mildew and unpleasant smells.
For most stains, you’ll want to spot treat the area and dry it up as best as you can. Use a spray bottle for direct cleaning. Before doing anything at all, check the instructions on the label to make sure you aren’t doing anything that will permanently destroy your mattress.
Common ingredients for cleaning include vinegar, laundry detergent and hydrogen peroxide. The original Dawn dish soap is great for removing oily stains if you are dealing with foods or grease.
For basic stain removal, you can stick to a few key steps. The first step is absorbing any liquid for stains that are wet. You’ll want to soak up liquids with a dry towel and blot to dry. If it is a dry stain then you can scrape it off and use a slightly wet cloth to dampen the area.
The next step you will need to do is add soap, laundry detergent or cleaner to the area. This may require you to leave the solution on the stain to sit for a few minutes. After completing that, you’ll want to blot some more with a dry cloth to absorb the remaining liquids and leave to air dry until the area is completely dry.
If you can put your mattress outside for a bit of sunshine to speed up the process that would be best. It’s important that you take the time to completely dry the mattress as you don’t want mould or mildew accumulate.
As an additional step, you can use a bit of baking soda on the area once it’s dry to keep your mattress from smelling or absorbing any smells from the previous stain.
Cleaning Blood Off Your Mattress
If you’re dealing with a bloodstain on a clean mattress, you’ll want to act fast so the stain doesn’t have long to sit. The best cleaner in this scenario is 3% hydrogen peroxide. You’ll want to pour a small amount onto the blood stain and let it foam up normally. Blot the foam and let the hydrogen peroxide sit on the stain for a few minutes.
Once the time is up, dab the stain with a cloth rinsed in cold water until the solution is gone. You can leave the mattress to air dry once complete. Another cleaning solution for blood stains is white vinegar. However, if you decide to use white vinegar keep in mind that you will have to let it sit longer on the stain, perhaps 10-15 minutes.
If you have a urine stain you will need to use an enzyme-based upholstery cleaner to break it down and remove odour. Absorb as much of the urine as you can with paper towels or a dry cloth.
Then, apply the cleaner to the area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove the solution afterwards by using a cold, damp towel. Remember to blot out any excess liquids and let it sit for several hours to dry and voila!
Removing Wine or Coffee Stains
Everyone loves to have their coffee in bed on a Sunday morning so why ruin the fun? If your lazy morning routine leaves a stain on the bed then a simple mix of vinegar and dish soap should do the trick!
Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with a tablespoon of dish soap and ¾ of warm water into a small bowl. Absorb the excess liquid as you would normally do and then blot carefully with a dry cloth to keep that coffee colour from spreading at the edges.
Then dip a cloth into your solution to start blotting it onto the stain. Start from the edges of the stain and move into the center of the stain as you blot for the best results. Do this until the area is dry and then you can go ahead and dab it again with a wet cloth to rinse the solution out. Once this is done, air dry as usual.
What’s more relaxing than your morning coffee in bed? How about a glass of wine at the end of the day while you’re snuggling up? To remove any wine stains, you can use cold water and salt as a natural remedy.
After absorbing as much of the wine as possible from the area, you’ll want to use a cloth dipped in cold water to blot while sprinkling salt in between. Let the salt sit for a few minutes before blotting and rubbing the stain out. You’ll want to continue this process until you see the stain removed, then you can leave the mattress to air dry.
Replacing Your Mattress
If you find that your mattress has been soiled over and over again or the stain is truly unmanageable, you may decide to buy a new mattress instead. Here at Mattressville in Toronto, we can provide you with some of the best options for replacing your old, worn-out mattress.
While mattress stains can certainly be unsightly and annoying, removing them doesn’t have to be difficult. If you follow the correct steps for stain removal you can ensure that your mattress will last you for many restful nights.
For more information on how to remove mattress stains, call Mattressville at 888-841-0905 or contact us here.