How to Clean a Mattress: Ultimate Guide to Mattress Stain Remover

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If you are trying to figure out how to wash and how to clean a mattress, then this guide will teach you about mattress cleaners, stain removers, and how to clean urine from mattresses.

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Clean a Mattress

First, think about how much time each day you spend on your mattress. Then, think about the last time you cleaned your mattress. A little scary, right?

This post will show you how to clean a mattress, what mattress cleaner to use, how to clean stains, and even how to get blood stains and pee stains out of mattresses.

The good news is, that it is relatively easy and inexpensive to wash a mattress and clean mattress stains. There are more solutions rather than just flipping the mattress.

Depending on whether you are looking to spot clean dirt, deep clean, or remove odors, there are a few different methods to use.

Spot Cleaning

To spot clean a mattress, you have a few different options.

Using a cleaning solution mix of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dish soap, spray the stain. Then rub with a clean rag.

For a more natural cleaning method, make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Leave the mixture on the stain for about an hour. Then, wipe off the remaining salt with a clean rag.

Mattress Cleaner For a deeper clean, you can make or buy a cleaner. For quick and inexpensive cleaning, clean your mattress with baking soda, as explained in the following steps.

  1. To get started, remove all of the pillows, sheets, and other bedding from the bed and give these a good wash.
  2. Then, to save money, use my method to make your own DIY Reusable Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets.
  3. Next, vacuum the mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. This helps to clean dead skin cells, debris, and allergens.
  4. Then, spot treat to remove blood stains, urine stains, vomit stains, and sweat stains out of mattress.
  5. Now, sprinkle the surface of the mattress with a generous amount of baking soda (with optional essential oils). This will help get odors such as pee smells out of the mattress. Leave the baking soda on for several hours. The longer, the better.
  6. Finally, with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, vacuum all of the baking soda from the mattress.
  7. Bonus / Optional: Air out your mattress in the sunlight, if you can. Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight works as a natural disinfectant.

How to Clean Mattress Stains

Depending on the type of stain, there are different methods to wash the mattress. For general stains, follow the directions above for spot cleaning.

To get urine or blood stains out of a mattress, try using small amounts of hydrogen peroxide or laundry detergent and brush or blot the area with a clean cloth.

Keep in mind, that hot liquids set stains, so only use cold water on blood stains. Yes, these nontoxic ingredients you already have at home are a great mattress cleaner stain remover!

Nice and clean after shot!

Protect Your Mattress

In order to save yourself money and time, protect your mattress from mold, bacteria, and spills. If you do not already use one, then get a good quality, waterproof mattress protector.

In addition to good mattress covers, remember to wash your sheets and mattress pads regularly (ideally every 2 weeks). Also, keep in mind, that hot water sets stains. So, be sure there are no stains on the bedding before you place them in a hot water washing machine cycle. Every 6 months or so, rotate your mattress.

Suggested materials:
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
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