How to Clean a Mattress

It is such a pleasure to sleep on a new mattress. Unfortunately, it remains in the original shape for a very short period. Especially the situation is much worse if there are children in the house. However, the ways to “quickly spoil a new mattress” are well-known – from breakfast in bed to the pets’ “gifts”.

A mattress, as you know, is a huge thing, and you can not put it into a washing machine.

So how to be?

Cleaning of Different Mattress Types – What should be Noted?

Self-cleaning of the mattress can lead to the fact that the product will be irreparably and hopelessly damaged, therefore, when deciding to remove the «memories» of breakfast from the mattress or other troubles, look at the label and take into account the type of the mattress and its properties.

  • Wadded mattress. The filling of this one is cotton wool; the cover material is calico and teak, or polycotton/polyester. Such product is inexpensive, there are no difficulties with transportation or delivering, and also it does not need a lot of space. This mattress requires a compulsory monthly ventilation. In addition, it should be turned twice a month, once a week to vacuum and, of course, to remove stains using special means. A big amount of water will not spoil such mattress but cotton wool will dry for the extremely long time even on the balcony or in the yard. Therefore, apply the minimum of water!
  • Coconut. In this variant, the filling is made of a coconut coir, a hypoallergenic material, which is suitable for newborns. Cleaning should be provided only in a dry way (vacuum cleaner), airing and turning are also required. You can wash the cover only in a gentle mode.
  • Orthopedic. In this version, there is a spring unit (there are also non-spring models), and the filling is made from coconut fiber, latex, and polyurethane. It is not recommended to wet the mattress. It needs to be regularly aired, vacuumed, and turned over every 2-3 months. Stains are removed with the help of special means.

What is Worth Knowing About the Mattress Cleaning?

  • Use a mattress pad! With it, you solve the half of the most common problems and significantly extend the product life. Anyway, washing the mattress pad is much simpler than cleaning the mattress itself or moreover changing the filling.
  • Regularly ventilate your mattress! Once a month, take off your underwear, open the windows and put the mattress so that it is ventilated on both sides.
  • Once in 2-3 months, turn it according to the scheme of the “eight” – changing the bottom and top, legs and head.
  • Once a week apply a vacuum cleaner with a furniture attachment at high power. Even if the bed is constantly covered with a blanket. Anyway, dust, hair, small debris always fall on the mattress.
  • Remove stains from the mattress immediately after its appearance. It will make your life much easier.
  • Do not attempt to apply a soapy water or other means to the stains. The wetting of the filler leads to spoilage of the product, and the spring blocks further rusting.
  • Periodically conduct a dry cleaning of the product – get rid of dust and use a vacuum cleaner with nozzles.

11 Methods of Removing Blood and Urine Stains from the Mattress

Dust accumulations can be eliminated by ordinary dry cleaning.

And what to do with stains left after child sleeping, or with blood stains?

  • We use the textile stain removers to protect the mattress from decaying and damaging the fabric. For example, Vanish, Dr. Beckmann, Amway, wet wipes «Loc», Unimax Ultra, Antipyatin, etc. Means can be universal and narrowly directed. They also differ in form: a spray, a liquid or, for example, a pencil.
  • Prepare the mixture: 1 tablespoon of toothpaste, a quarter of a glass filled with hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of cornstarch. Evenly put the substance on the stain, wait for drying, then scrape and vacuum. Repeat the action if needed.
  • Slightly moisten the area with a spot (do not make it too wet or filled with water!), apply some salt on the top, and remove in 2-3 hours using a vacuum cleaner. Next, dip the stain with hydrogen peroxide (on the cotton wool) and, once the foam stops to form, wipe it with a dry cloth.
  • Take baking soda, a white meat softener, and a little water. Mix to a thick paste, and put on a stain. In 20 minutes, dip it with a clean damp sponge to remove the spot remains.
  • Dissolve a teaspoon of ammonia in 0.5 liters of water. Wet the cotton pad, and apply to the stain. If there is no effect after drying, use a more concentrated solution.
  • Make a thick mixture of water and starch. Put it on the damaged area, and wait for drying. After this, remove remains with a brush. This method perfectly cleans bloodstains.
  • Heat up the glycerin in warm water, apply to a cotton pad and wipe the contaminated area. Next, clean remains with ammonia.
  • Spray on the stain a glass cleaner, intensively rub with a sponge/brush and then use ammonia on a cotton disc (solution).
  • Dissolve the aspirin in water (approximately – 1 liter – 1 tablet), moisten the cotton wool, and wipe the stain.
  • Stir the soda with water (1/2 to 1), moisten the solution with a clean cloth, and apply it to the stain for 2 hours. Next, get rid of the remaining soda and dries.
  • We dilute citric acid and acetic acid in water (approximately in equal proportions), wipe the stain with a cotton pad and dry it with a hairdryer.

Removing of Different Types of Stains on the Mattress by Household and Special Means

Stains from urine and blood appear quite rare. Nevertheless, everyday spots are there constantly, and it is not always possible to remove them immediately.

We find out the very best recipes for removing household stains on the mattress:

  1. A lipstick stain. Wet the cotton wool in alcohol, and try to wipe off the damaged area.
  2. A red wine stain. Put soda (or salt) to the contaminated place, and in 30 minutes remove it with a vacuum cleaner. Then we apply a dry foam of a cleaning agent to this place.
  3. Stain from markers or pens. Take a special remedy (for example, Dr. Beckmann), apply it, and remove the stain.
  4. Stain from wax pencils. Put a loose paper on top of the stain, and iron it. Change the paper until the remains come off completely.
  5. Fat stain. Immediately apply salt (you can also use potato starch or talcum), vacuum it in 15 minutes, and then fill with salt again. For best results, iron the damaged area through a dry cloth.
  6. Coffee stain. Use soft soap or water with salt. Drying is required.
  7. Juice stain. Prepare a mixture of vinegar and ammonia, 1 to 1.
  8. Tea or beer stain. The vinegar solution is applied to the wadding, and then the stain has to be thoroughly wiped with it.
  9. From fucorcin. Mix alcohol and ordinary tooth powder (in equal proportions) apply to the stain, wait for drying, and vacuum. You can use sodium sulfite, but in this case, it is necessary to wash the remnants of the product with a solution of soda. Drying of the damaged area is compulsory.

How to Get Rid of an Unpleasant Odor?

Getting rid of a stain is only half the battle. Is it possible to remove an unpleasant odor from the mattress without the help of specialists?

There are options! Both old and tested, and of course modern ones.

Buy the scent absorber in a store, apply to the fragrant patch for 3-5 hours, brush it off, remove the remains with a vacuum cleaner and wipe it with a damp cloth. You can also buy a product that destroys organic odors – it acts quickly, and the result is great. It is the perfect product if you need to clean vomiting/urine mattress stains.

  • Ordinary salt. Dissolve it with water in proportions of 3 to 1, put this mixture on the desired area, rub it, then wipe with a clean cloth, and finally dry using the hairdryer.
  • It can simply be poured on the mattress and vacuumed in 12-20 hours. It helps with a tobacco smell too. If the result does not satisfy you, repeat the action.
  • Apply the product to a stain, then put a lot of soda on it, and in the morning vacuum it.
  • Washing powder for children. Do not dissolve it – just immediately rash on the stain and rub it with a dry sponge or brush. Leave for a couple of hours, and then vacuum.
  • A perfect remedy that quickly removes the smell of urine. However, it is not recommended to use on light tissues. For 1 liter of water, take 20 drops. The solution is applied to the cotton pad, and the damaged area is wiped with it.
  • A laundry soap. Option for a long-standing smell of urine. Moisturize the area, thoroughly rub it with soap and wait for 20 minutes. Next, moisten the cloth in a solution of vinegar (please note: 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water), wash off the soap, wipe with a clean damp cloth, dry napkins, and iron through a cloth.
  • The excellent tool. Moisten the stain, wait for half an hour, and then remove it with soda.
  • As for the smell of mold, it is usually eliminated with a solution of bleach.

Important! Do not wait for stains to become old and stubborn – wash them immediately! Moreover, of course, do not wait until the product becomes completely unusable: if you cannot manage on your own, immediately take it to a dry cleaner (or call the specialists home).