How to remove mattress stains

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As a rule of thumb, the fresher the stain, the easier it will be to clean. So act quickly and follow these stain-busting methods.

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Things you need

  • Sponge
  • egg beater or whisk
  • mild powdered detergent
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • enzyme cleaner
  • upholstery cleaner
  • white towel

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    Try the mildest solution first. Mix up some "dry suds" using 1/4 cup mild powdered detergent in 1 cup warm water. Beat with an egg beater or whisk until suds form (they should look like whipped cream), then apply suds to mattress stain with a sponge. Wipe with a sponge dipped in warm water and wrung out.

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    Use an upholstery shampoo to remove tougher stains. Follow instructions on the product.

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    Use hydrogen peroxide to battle blood stains. Blot the stain with a white towel from the outside in as it begins to bubble. Continue until blood no longer seeps onto the towel. Some blood stains may be impossible to remove.

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    Remove urine stains in the same way you would remove bloodstains, or try blotting with white vinegar.

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    Tackle super tough stains with an enzyme cleaner which is a biologically-based cleaner that breaks down stains and odors. Or, consider hiring a professional mattress-cleaning company. Look in the Yellow Pages under "Mattress" or "Carpet Cleaners" (many also professionally clean mattresses.)

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    Whichever method you choose, be careful to avoid liquids seeping into the mattress' padding. Residual moisture can cause mold or mildew.

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    Make sure the mattress is completely dry before replacing the mattress pad and sheets.

Tips and warnings

  • Stains may void the manufacturer's warranty, so consider using a stain-resistant cover to protect your mattress. When buying a new mattress, ask if the factory can apply a stain-resistant product.
  • Use waterproof mattress pads for bed-wetters. If urine penetrates deep into a mattress's padding, the mattress may not be salvageable.
  • To freshen a mattress, sprinkle it with baking soda and let sit overnight. Vacuum the mattress in the morning.
  • Hydrogen peroxide can bleach the color from a mattress. Spot-check before using.

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