Wondering how to remove those ugly stains on the mattress in your home? A mattress is obviously an essential element because we lay on it every single night when sleeping. However, like other materials and spaces in a home, these fabrics can acquire all sorts of stains which, if ignored, can become deeply embedded into the mattress and may give them a bad odor.
Moreover, some can harm your health and that of other people using the mattress as well as affect your sleep. It’s therefore important to remove the stains as soon as possible! And although it’s not always easy, it’s possible if you follow a few simple steps.
Removing stains from a mattress
1. Move it
The first step in cleaning your mattress is to move it away from the bed, the walls, furniture and other material that may limit you from accessing it from all sides. If needed, carry it outdoors.
2. Removing simple stains
To remove simple/unidentified stains, first, make a cleaning solution by mixing 1 tablespoon laundry detergent with 1-quart cold water to obtain thick suds (you may consider using a hand-whisk for this). Next up, dip a sponge into the cleaning solution (using numerous suds) and then rub all the soiled/stained areas in slow, circular motion, moving to the next area when the stain disappears. Make sure to wash the sponge as necessary. This will help minimize the visibility of the stains and even completely remove them
3. Removing blood stains
Blood stains can be treated and eliminated by using a mixture of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon table salt. Thoroughly rub the paste into the stains and leave it to sit for some time (or until dry). Finally, scrape the residue off. If there are any bloodstains remaining, dab at them with a white rag soaked in hydrogen peroxide, making sure to rotate it as stains lift off. (It’s recommended to use a white rag to prevent possible transfer of dye from the piece of cloth to your mattress.) This can help break up the protein found in the blood stains, therefore making them disappear.
4. Cleaning urine stains
Like is the case with bloodstains, eliminating urine stains from fabric can prove difficult but is not something impossible especially once they’re dry. First, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to 8 oz. of hydrogen peroxide and stir until the powder completely dissolves.
Next, add about two drops of dish soap (in liquid form) and dab this solution on to the stains on your mattress, making sure not to drench it. Leave it for a while and then rub a dry foam made of 3 parts laundry detergent powder and 1 part water into the stains (the stained areas should still be damp). Let this sit for some 30 minutes. Finally, scrape away the residue and then vacuum.
5. Removing other bodily fluids from your mattress
For this, you’ll need to some unscented household ammonia. Be sure to open the windows before starting to clean and then use a white rag to blot the stains with the ammonia. Avoid drenching the fabric! When done, wipe the areas with a damp cloth and then sprinkle them with baking soda. Vacuum the areas thoroughly.
6. Removing stubborn stains
If you’re finding it hard to get rid of some stains, use a spray bottle to spray the stained areas with distilled vinegar, and then allow to it to sit for about 5 minutes. Now sprinkle on some baking soda (to cover the spot), and allow the fizzing to stop before vacuuming. If the stain still remains, dampen the stained areas with plain water & then sprinkle some dry boric acid. Now blot the area with some piece of cloth in slow, circular motion till the stain disappears.
Finally, wipe the area dry and vacuum to remove residue. If the stains are still there, you may consider spraying any type of enzymatic pet stain remover on the spots and leave it for about 15 minutes. Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth and then vacuum once dry.
7. Leave it to dry
Your mattress will obviously be damp following cleaning and it’s important to allow it to dry out completely before using. To hasten to dry, place it in a warm area and then position some fans around it. Alternatively, use a shop vacuum to rid the fabric the excess moisture.