STERILMATTRESS, Mattress Stain Removal Tips
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STERILMATTRESS, Mattress Stain Removal Tips

 

GOT STAIN?

 

First, remember STAIN HAPPENS. YOU know this, I know this, we ALL know this, so be prepared and always, always, always, have the items, tools, products, “on hand” for the inevitable OOOPS! Having the necessary items immediately “on hand” will result in more successful stain removals. Second, forgive the guilty party, be it a child, pet, spouse, parent, guest, “friend”, or yourself.

 

CHECK YOUR PRODUCT WARRANTY to see if it will cover stain removal! If your product warranty has passed the expiration date or does not cover stain removal, all is not lost. Mattress stains caused by an identifiable source may require special treatment and must be addressed quickly so that they don’t begin to “set” into the mattress fabric. As there are so many different stain sources, there is no “one quick fix” to remove a mattress stain. Obviously, knowing what you’re dealing with (what caused the stain), how recent the stain occurred and the properties of the mattress fabric; the easier it will be to remove. DO NOT PANIC, do not run to your cabinet, DO NOT grab any ole’ chemical cleaner and begin to “get busy” on the stain!

 

The 4 elements needed to understand successful mattress cleaning:

 

     1. Biological Cleaning

     2. Stain Removal

     3. Odor Removal

     4. Thorough Drying

 There are simple mattress cleaning methods you can perform to rid the mattress of a stain. This article will cover known stains (and odors) such as beer, blood, cigarettes, coffee, Kool-Aid, mold and mildew, tea, urine (pets), urine (humans), vomit, and wine (red) and the methods for cleaning each.

 

Using the “Dry Suds” Method to Remove Mattress Stains


During your attempts to remove a stain from a mattress, it’s recommended to try out the mildest and/or gentlest solution first. Most mattress manufacturers recommend the “dry suds” mattress cleaning method. This method works very well on new or “fresh” stains, but even some older stains have been successfully removed using the “dry suds” method. It’s inexpensive and requires some minimum effort, yet certainly worth trying before using expensive cleaning products.

You will need a sponge (or a clean white towel), some mild dry powdered laundry detergent, lukewarm water, and lastly, a whisk, electric mixer, or an egg beater.

 

     1. Mix the "dry suds" using 1/4 cup mild dry laundry detergent in a bowl  and slowly add 1 cup of lukewarm water (don’t add more than 1 cup) while mixing the water and detergent with the whisk, electric mixer (set to medium speed), or the egg beater, until the suds develop. The suds should be thick and frothy, much like whipped cream.

 

     2. Using a sponge (or a clean white towel), soaked in lukewarm water and wrung out as “dry” as possible, scoop ONLY the layer of suds off of the top of the bowl and rub them into the mattress stain. Using a clockwise motion, work the dry suds into the stain until it begins to fade.

 

     3. Rinse out sponge thoroughly to remove any residue and squeeze out all the water possible.

 

     4. Repeat working the suds ONLY into the stain again, but this time in a counter-clockwise motion. Remember always, to keep the mattress as dry as possible while removing the stain.

 

     5. Rinse out the sponge thoroughly of any and all residue, squeeze the sponge “dry” and gently wipe away at the stain area.

 

     6. Pat the stained area dry with a clean white towel and allow the mattress to dry completely before you make up the bed with fresh bed linens. A ceiling fan, or a room fan, will assist in completely drying your mattress. If neither is available, simply keep it uncovered until it completely air dries.

 

Removing Mattress Stains with a Commercial Upholstery Cleaner

 

If a stain still persists after trying all other options it may be necessary to use a heavy-duty commercial upholstery cleaner. Biologically-based enzyme cleaners may be your next best bet.

Unfortunately, using expensive upholstery cleaner may still not be effective, even if used properly. If this is the case, here are a few additional methods for particular types of stain.

 

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, test cleaning solutions on a small inconspicuous area, FIRST!

 

 

More often than not, you must remove the mattress (or upholstery) stain WITHOUT further wetting the stained area.

 

Sooner or later, almost every mattress ends up with a stain. You can learn how to clean mattress stains using either commercial products or with items you probably have in your kitchen. Placing scented fabric sheets (the types used in the clothes dryer) after addressing the problem stain and before replacing the mattress pad and bed linens, will help to neutralize any remaining offensive odors and keep the mattress smelling fresh.

 

GENERAL MATTRESS CLEANING

 

Stains caused by an unknown source, can be removed by misting the stained area with a citrus based cleaning product and let it stand (as the typical product label reads) for 5 to 10 minutes to penetrate and breakdown the stain. Blot the area with a clean, dry, white absorbent cloth, pressing down firmly without rubbing for 30 seconds. Continue repeating the blotting process until the area becomes dry and odor free. Citrus based cleaning products may be used on almost any type of mattress stain.

 

Here are some techniques to clean KNOWN mattress stains of various types. Act quickly and follow these stain removal tips.

 BEER

     1. Lay an open hand (palm side up) directly on the stained area. With your fingers spread slightly apart, pour a small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly across your fingers, allowing the detergent to seep through your fingers as you move your hand over the stained area. Use the back of your fingers to evenly spread the detergent. By applying the laundry detergent thusly, it will be easier to control an equal amount (minimum is best) over the stained area while avoiding an inadvertent large amount poured onto a single area.

 

     2. Wipe excess detergent from your fingers and then blot up the liquid detergent with a clean, dry, white absorbent cloth.

 

     3. Repeat (using your fingers again as a control measure but this time lessen the gap between your fingers as the ammonia is “thinner” than the laundry detergent) and pour ammonia over your fingers and onto the stained area.

 

     4. Blot the stained area again with a second dry, white absorbent cloth.

 

     5. Repeat (using your fingers again as a control measure) but this time, pour white vinegar over your fingers and onto the stained area.

 

     6. Blot the stained area again with still another clean, dry, white absorbent cloth.

 

     7. Repeat (using your fingers again as a control measure) but this time, pour liquid laundry detergent (yes, again but a smaller amount) over your fingers and onto the stained area. Blot again with a clean, dry, white absorbent cloth 8. Repeat (using your fingers again as a control measure) but this time pour water over your fingers and onto the stained area.

 

     8. Blot one last time with clean, dry, white absorbent cloth.

 

BLOOD

 

Blood stains can be one of the more difficult spots to remove from any kind of fabric.

 

     1. Slide the mattress off the box springs allowing one side to rest on the floor. The purpose of this is to attempt to defeat gravity as you do not want the cleaning solution to permeate deep into your mattress.

 

     2. Dip a sponge into cold saltwater (2 tsp/cup of cold water), wring out excess saltwater solution and blot the stain working from the outer edges toward the center.

 

     3. Rinse with fresh cold water and repeat all three steps.

 

If the blood stain persists, try either a commercial upholstery cleaner as per the label instructions, or treat the remaining blood stain with 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

     1. Pour H2O2 onto a clean, dry, white absorbent towel (use a towel that may need to be bleached when done) and blot the remaining stain, again working from the outer edges to the center of the stain. The stain will begin to bubble as the H2O2 works to remove the stain.

     2. Repeat applying the H2O2 and blotting the stain until the blood is removed.

 

Warning: As with all cleaning solutions, spot-check (test) your mattress fabric  before applying either the commercial upholstery cleaner or the H2O2.

 

CIGARETTE (odor)

Smoking in bed (or the bedroom) allows cigarette odors to penetrate deep into your mattress where these odors may become absorbed well beyond the surface area that can be cleaned thoroughly. Unless you want to replace your mattress you need to know how to remove this odor.

Tote the mattress outside on a sunny, dry day and mist the entire mattress surface with a fabric odor remover such as Fabreze (Proctor & Gamble)or FreshCare (Clorox) and let the sun naturally bake the mattress until it’s fresh. Then, tote the mattress back inside and sprinkle baking soda on it, allowing the baking soda to sit overnight, and vacuum up the baking soda in the morning.

 

Fabreze and FreshCare are products designed to permanently remove organic odors such as cigarette smoke or pet odors without washing or dry cleaning.

 

CAUTION: There have been many reports of allergy and/or asthma sufferers who, upon using Fabreze, have experienced even worse suffering than the cigarette odor they triede to remove. No endorsement of companies or their products mentioned is intended, nor is criticism implied of similar companies or their products, not mentioned.

 

If toting the mattress outside is not an option, simply sprinkle the whole top of the mattress with baking soda and leave it there overnight to absorb and neutralize the odors. Vacuum the baking soda in the morning.

 

Another method, but much more labor-intensive, is the citrus cleaner technique, (as described above in GENERAL MATTRESS CLEANING). Divide the mattress into equal sections and then repeat the cleaning and blotting process on each section of the mattress until the whole thing is dry and odor free.

COFFEE

 

Unsightly coffee stains can be persistent and hard to clean. To remove a coffee stain from a mattress, try one of these methods:

 

 

KOOL-AID

 

Oh-OH…not good! Due to the dyes in Kool-Aid this is an extremely difficult stain to remove. Sooo, if you’re reading this section…put your foot down NOW, NO KOOL-AID IN BED. Every child will spill something eventually (and adults TOO) if they drink in bed. It is impossible to remove the entire liquid spill from inside the mattress. However, if a Kool-Aid stain happens, immediately blot up the as much of the surface liquid as possible with a clean, dry, white, absorbent cloth. Follow up with a citrus based cleaning product, used as described above, in GENERAL MATTRESS CLEANING.

 

 

MOLD & MILDEW

Removing mold and mildew from mattresses is a difficult task, especially if they have penetrated deep inside the mattress. First, ask “what caused the mold or mildew”? Since mold and mildew are caused by moisture, you may need to consider “mechanical” means to prevent future mold and mildew contamination. Mechanical means may include a dehumidifier, heater or air conditioner to remove humidity from the air thus preventing mold and mildew growth. If the mold or mildew covers 25 % of the mattress…for YOUR health, discard it and buy another mattress. However, if only a small area or spots exist, you may be able to save the costs of a replacement mattress.

On a bright and sunny day, tote the mattress outdoors and into direct sunlight. Wear a particle mask to keep from inhaling mold spores and sweep away surface mold or mildew. Follow up with a thorough vacuuming. Once you’ve completed these steps, I would suggest you also “beat” the mattress with a tennis racket, baseball bat, or big stick, to remove other particulates (dust, dust mites, dead dust mites, dust mite feces, etc.) and vacuum once again. The longer you can leave the mattress outdoors to be cleansed by the sunlight, the better…just be sure to bring it in before nightfall when dew begins to form on the mattress, the sprinklers go off, or the neighborhood cats decide to sleep on the top edge.   

PET URINE (Stains and Odors)


When bringing home a pet, you will also need to buy pet accessories such as a leash, food, food/water bowls, collar, tags, TOYS!, grooming items, plus a STAIN and ODOR REMOVAL product, because YOU KNOW inevitably, STAIN HAPPENS, so be prepared!
It’s best to be prepared and use an odor removal product before attempting to clean up and certainly do NOT use an ammonia-based cleaning product, as your pet will return to “accident” scene over and over again. Absorb as much of the urine as possible by using paper towels or a dry, clean, absorbent towel with weight applied on top of the towel (durable boxes, filled with heavy objects such as books, toys, dishes, miscellaneous items, etc., work well).

Before choosing a stain and odor removal product, you need to understand that urine (both animal and human) is comprised of urea, urochrome (which causes the yellowish color) and uric acid (a mild nitrogen-rich, acid). Urea and urochrome are water soluble and clean up easily with soap and water. However, the uric acid contains non-soluble urine salt crystals which are the real problem as these crystals will remain tightly bonded to the mattress and future moisture (even high humidity) will reactivate the remaining crystals which cause the ammonia-like odor to return. It’s best to be prepared and use an odor removal product before attempting to clean up and certainly do NOT use an ammonia-based cleaning product, as your pet will return to "accident" scene over and over again.

 

You will have three basic choices to choose from when purchasing commercial STAIN and ODOR REMOVAL products. These choices will include enzyme-based, bacterial, or chemical products. Chemical products tend to "coat and seal" the urine salt crystals while the enzyme-based and bacterial products tend to digest the crystals. Generally all products will work with varying results taking into consideration how quickly the "accident" is addressed. Ask the salesperson(s) for the most popular products purchased in your particular geographical location.

Unless the "accident" is immediately noticed and action is taken, urine can saturate the substrate within the mattress well past the surface area. If this happens, removing urine and the ensuing odor from a mattress is difficult and provides ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria and mold which only increases the mix of unpleasant odors.

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     2. Check the paper towels after a few minutes (or towel after 15 minutes) and replace with more paper towels (or another towel), if needed. Then apply a STAIN and ODOR REMOVER product as suggested on the products label.  

If no STAIN and ODOR REMOVER product is available, a white vinegar spray can be used to remove urine stains and odor.

 

     1. Absorb as much of the urine as possible by using a dry, clean, towel with weight applied on top of the towel (durable boxes, filled with heavy objects such as books, toys, dishes, miscellaneous items, etc., work well).

 

     2. Pour white vinegar into a clean spray bottle and lightly mist the “accident” area avoiding over-saturating the area.

 

     3. Immediately after applying the white vinegar spray, begin absorbing the urine/white vinegar with a dry, clean, absorbent towel.

 

     4. Cover the area with baking soda to neutralize the odor, leaving it on overnight.

 

     5. Vacuum the baking soda off the mattress.

 

PET EXCREMENT 

 

If the stool is hard and dry, the root cause is more than likely YOU, the human. Either you didn’t get home in time or perhaps (if a cat) the litter box needs YOUR attention. Animals, altogether, are rather fastidious and will not normally defecate in an area unacceptable to them including their house.

 

If the stool is firm or hard;

 

     1. Remove stool with a few squares of toilet paper, flush it down the commode,

 

     2. Clean the “spot” using a stiff brush (old toothbrush) and a mixture of mild detergent and water.

 

     3. Blot the area with a dry, clean absorbent towel or paper towels until all moisture is removed.

 

     4. Follow with “misting” rinse of club soda.

 

     5. Blot the area with a dry, clean absorbent towel or paper towels until all moisture is removed.

 

Unfortunately, when pets defecate in an unacceptable area, it’s usually due to health problems and results in a liquid stool.

 

If the stool is soft, runny, or liquid;

 

     1. Remove as much of the stool as possible without spreading the “accident” area using a spatula-like “scoop tool” to get beneath the stool (thin stiff piece of plastic or cardboard)

 

     2. Apply paper towels and pressure to absorb the remaining liquid.

 

     3. Clean the “spot” using a stiff brush (old toothbrush) and a mixture of mild detergent and water.
 

    4. Mist with cold clean water and blot dry with paper towels.

 

    5. Apply a mist of an enzyme-based cleaner to digest and neutralize the bacteria.

 

     6. Allow to dry naturally.

PET VOMIT 

Remove vomit stains and odors just as you would for soft, runny, liquid stool stains.

Good quality chemicals, specifically enzyme based detergents, can be found at commercial janitorial supply stores while an extractor can be rented at almost any large grocery store. Given the expense of renting the equipment, and the cost of chemicals, it is often a better value to hire a professional for the job. A reputable company will have much more powerful equipment, and so long as you alert them to the specific problem (vomit), they will be able to provide the proper chemicals for the job.

 

TEA

 

Use the "Dry Suds" Method to Remove Tea Stains from a Mattress

Tea stains are tannin-based stains and are difficult to remove. During your attempts to remove a stain from a mattress, it’s recommended to try out the mildest and/or gentlest solution first. Most mattress manufacturers' recommend the "dry suds" mattress cleaning method. This method works very well on new or "fresh" stains, but is also practical for dry, unknown stains, or stains that have had time to "set in".

It’s inexpensive and requires some minimum effort, yet certainly worth trying before using expensive cleaning products.

You will need a sponge (or a clean white towel), some mild dry powdered laundry detergent, lukewarm water, and a whisk, electric mixer, or an egg beater.

1). Mix the "dry suds" using 1/4 cup mild, dry (powder) laundry detergent in a bowl and slowly add 1 cup of lukewarm water (don’t add more than 1 cup) while mixing the water and detergent with the whisk, electric mixer (set to medium speed), or the egg beater, until the suds develop. The suds should be thick and frothy, much like whipped cream.

2). Using a sponge (or a clean white towel), soaked in lukewarm water and wrung out as "dry" as possible, scoop ONLY the layer of suds off of the top of the bowl and rub them into the mattress stain using a clockwise motion and working from the outer edges of the stain to the center. Work the dry suds into the stained area until it begins to fade.

3). Rinse out sponge thoroughly to remove any residue and squeeze out all the water possible.

4). Repeat working the suds ONLY, into the stain again, but this time do so in a counter-clockwise motion and again (always) working from the outer edges of the stain to the center. Remember the need to keep the mattress as dry as possible while removing the stain.

5). Rinse out the sponge thoroughly of any and all residue, squeeze the sponge "dry" and gently wipe away at the stain area from the (always) outer edges of the stain to the center .

6). Blot the stained area dry with a clean white towel and allow the mattress to dry completely before you make up the bed with fresh bed linens. A ceiling fan, or a room fan, will assist in completely drying your mattress. If neither is available, simply keep it uncovered until it completely air dries, DO NOT USE A HAIR DRYER as heat will assist in "setting" the stain should it reappear.

If the tea stain reappears, try any one of the three following methods:

1). Use an egg. Separate the yolk from the egg white. With the yolk in a bowl, add a few drops of denatured alcohol and beat it with a whisk or whatever you have to mix the two thoroughly.

Dip a clean, white cloth into the beaten egg yolk and gently rub the yolk into the stained area starting at the outside perimeter and work towards the center.

Follow by blotting with a clean, white cloth, dampened with water. Rinse the blotting cloth and repeat blotting procedure until stain is gone.

or 2).

If the stain still remains, mix together a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar.

Dip a clean, white cloth into the 50-50 solution and wring out the excess solution.

With a circular motion and starting at the outside perimeter working towards the center of the stained area, gently rub the solution into the stained area.

Follow by blotting the stained area with a dry, white cloth.

or 3).

Mix a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent in a pint (16 oz) of water.

Use only what is needed for the stained area and SPARINGLY, apply the solution with a circular motion starting at the outside perimeter working towards the center and then allow time to "breakdown" the stained area for 5 minutes (30 minutes if stain is old or dry).

Blot with a clean, white towel.

If the stain remains, apply a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar and blot the stained area.

 

URINE (Human)

YOU KNOW inevitably, STAIN HAPPENS, be prepared! As with all stains the quicker the mishap can be addressed the better the results will be. Before choosing a stain and odor removal product, you need to understand that urine (both animal and human) is comprised of urea, urochrome (which causes the yellowish color) and uric acid (a mild nitrogen-rich, acid). The first two, urea and urochrome are water soluble and clean up easily with soap and water. However, the uric acid contains non-soluble urine salt crystals which are the real problem as these crystals will remain tightly bonded to the mattress and future moisture (even high humidity) will reactivate the remaining crystals which cause the ammonia-like odor to return. It’s best to be prepared and use an odor removal product before attempting to clean up and certainly do NOT use an ammonia-based cleaning product.

 

     1. Apply pressure with both hands (simulate giving chest compressions as you would if performing CPR on a person) to remove any urine that may have permeated the mattress surface and soaked into the substrate.

 

     2. Using a second dry, clean towel, continue absorbing all possible urine by standing on the towel.

     3. Once your are satisfied that no more urine can be "wicked" up (absorbed), push the mattress off the bed allowing it to rest on one edge (the purpose here is to defeat gravity and to minimize moisture from penetrating deeper into the substrate of the mattress).

     4. Mist the soiled area with an enzyme-based cleaning product specifically designed for urine (found at nearly any grocery or home care store).

 

     5. Blot the area with a dry, clean white absorbent towel.

 

     6. Repeat with a second dry, clean white absorbent towel and continue to repeat until the towel is dry and remains white in color.

 

     7. Push/slide mattress back into place on the bed and sprinkle baking soda over the entire area. Let baking soda remain at minimum overnight, longer if practical and especially if mishap covered a large area. The baking soda will assist in eliminating odor and will also absorb any remaining moisture.      9. If possible, tote the mattress outdoors and into direct sunlight. The sunlight will continue to dry and naturally disinfect the mattress. Don’t let the weather or the automatic sprinkler system to get it wet! Or your pet dog! 

     8. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum cleaner.

 

  

VOMIT (Human)

 

Hopefully, you don’t have the double misfortune of being the ill person and having to be the one to address the undesirable problem of vomit removal/clean up. The method for addressing a vomit stain is very similar to urine removal.

 

     1. Remove the deposit without spreading the soiled area. A spatula or serving spoon will assist in scooping up the larger particles.

 

     2. Push the mattress off the bed allowing it to rest on one edge (the purpose here is to defeat gravity and to minimize moisture from penetrating deeper into the substrate of the mattress).

 

     3. Mist the soiled area with a mixture of warm water and disinfectant.

 

     4. Blot the area with a dry, clean white absorbent towel.

 

 

     5. Repeat with a second dry, clean white absorbent towel and continue to repeat until the towel is dry and remains white in color.

 

     6. Use an enzyme-based cleaning product to remove the vomit stain from the mattress.

 

     7. Tote the mattress outdoors allowing it to bathe in direct sunlight and use the sun’s antibiotic properties to kill any remaining germs.

 

By keeping your mattress fresh and clean, you’re not only helping yourself sleep well but you’re also helping to keep yourself healthy. A mattress that is stale and filled with foreign substances such as mold, germs, and dust mite can cause long-reaching health problems. Keep your mattress clean with these simple tips, and you’ll breathe more cleanly each night as you sleep.

 

WINE, RED

 

All is not lost…unless you have spilled the whole bottle! Actually, even then, there are several solutions to remove stains from red wine.

 

Fresh Red Wine Stains:

  1. Absorb all liquid quickly and easily removed using a dry, clean absorbent cloth or paper towels.
  2. Thoroughly sprinkle talcum powder over the area.
  3. Allow talcum powder to absorb liquid and then remove talcum powder with a vacuum cleaner.

Or,

     1. Absorb all liquid (quickly and easily removed) using a dry, clean absorbent cloth or paper towels.

 

     2. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon-scented ammonia (or plain ammonia, although not as good) in 1 cup of warm water.

 

     3. Mist the stain using a spray bottle.

 

     4. Immediately blot the stained area with a dry, clean, absorbent towel or with paper towels.

 

Or, 

  1. Mist the stain with white vinegar and let it set for a couple of minutes.
  2. Immediately blot the stained area with a dry, clean, absorbent towel or with paper towels.

Or,

     1. Absorb all (liquid quickly and easily removed) using a dry, clean absorbent cloth or paper towels.

     2. Generously, pour ordinary table salt over the entire stained area and allow salt to absorb the stain (and pigment coloring) overnight.

     3. Remove table salt with vacuum cleaner.

 

Or,

     1. Absorb all (liquid quickly and easily removed) using a dry, clean absorbent cloth or paper towels.

 

     2. Mist with Woolite

 

     3. Blot dry with a dry, clean absorbent towel or paper towels.

 

     4. Repeat misting with Woolite and blotting until stain disappears.

 

 

WINE, RED (Dried)

 

Several products are available. In no particular order, try SPOT SHOT available at K-Mart, Target or Wal-Mart. Also there is a non-bleach, non-toxic citrus-based enzyme called Wine Away Red Wine Stain RemoverTM available at 1-888-946-3292.

 

Using the “Dry Suds” Method to Remove Mattress Stains


During your attempts to remove a stain from a mattress, it’s recommended to try out the mildest and/or gentlest solution first. Most mattress manufacturers recommend the “dry suds” mattress cleaning method. This method works very well on new or “fresh” stains, but even some older stains have been successfully removed using the “dry suds” method. It’s inexpensive and requires some minimum effort, yet certainly worth trying before using expensive cleaning products.

You will need a sponge (or a clean white towel), some mild dry powdered laundry detergent, lukewarm water, and lastly, a whisk, electric mixer, or an egg beater. 

     1. Mix the "dry suds" using 1/4 cup mild dry laundry detergent in a bowl and slowly add 1 cup of lukewarm water (don’t add more than 1 cup) while mixing the water and detergent with the whisk, electric mixer (set to medium speed), or the egg beater, until the suds develop. The suds should be thick and frothy, much like whipped cream. Using a sponge (or a clean white towel), soaked in lukewarm water and wrung out as "dry" as possible, scoop ONLY the layer of suds off of the top of the bowl and rub them into the mattress stain.

     2. Using a clockwise motion, work the dry suds into the stain until it begins to fade.

     3. Rinse out sponge thoroughly to remove any residue and squeeze out all the water possible.

     4. Repeat working the suds ONLY into the stain again, but this time in a counter-clockwise motion. Remember always, to keep the mattress as dry as possible while removing the stain.

     5. Rinse out the sponge thoroughly of any and all residue, squeeze the sponge "dry" and gently wipe away at the stain area.

     6. Pat the stained area dry with a clean white towel and allow the mattress to dry completely before you make up the bed with fresh bed linens. A ceiling fan, or a room fan, will assist in completely drying your mattress. If neither is available, simply keep it uncovered until it completely air dries.

 

Removing Mattress Stains with a Commercial Upholstery Cleaner

 

If a stain still persists after trying all other options it may be necessary to use a heavy-duty commercial upholstery cleaner. Biologically-based enzyme cleaners may be your next best bet.

Unfortunately, using expensive upholstery cleaner may still not be effective, even if used properly. If this is the case, here are a few additional methods for particular types of stain.

By keeping your mattress fresh and clean, you’re not only helping yourself sleep well but you’re also helping to keep yourself healthy. A mattress that is stale and filled with foreign substances such as mold, germs, and dust mite can cause long-reaching health problems. Keep your mattress clean with these simple tips, and you’ll breathe more cleanly each night as you sleep.

 

CLOSING

 

Always remember, no matter what stain you are trying to remove, try your best to avoid dampening the substrate (inner mattress padding). If the mattress’ padding has been dampened by cleaning liquids or water it can be much more difficult to completely dry. If a mattress is not totally dry when covered with sheets and blankets, remaining moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow within the mattress. If this happens, you will not only further damage your mattress, you will start to notice a strong odor and can potentially get sick from mold and mildew.

 

Hopefully these tips have helped you learn how to clean mattress stains. If you try all of these methods and the persistent spot still shows up, you may have to fork up the money for professional cleaners or purchase a new mattress. But, with any luck, one of these methods will work for you, preventing an expensive mattress purchase or high cleaning costs.

 

Good quality chemicals, specifically enzyme based detergents, can be found at commercial janitorial supply stores while an extractor can be rented at almost any large grocery store. Tackle super tough stains with an enzyme cleaner which is a biologically-based cleaner that breaks down stains and odors. Or, given the expense of renting the equipment, and the cost of chemicals, it is often a better value to hire a professional for the job. A reputable company will have much more powerful equipment, and so long as you alert them to the specific problem (vomit), they will be able to provide the proper chemicals for the job. Therefore, consider hiring a professional mattress-cleaning company. Whichever method you choose, be careful to avoid additional cleaning liquids seeping into the mattress' padding.

 

By keeping your mattress fresh and clean, you’re not only helping yourself sleep well, but you’re also helping to keep yourself healthy. A mattress that is stale and filled with foreign substances such as mold, germs, and dust mites can cause long-reaching health problems. Keep your mattress clean with these simple tips, and get the restful sleep, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, need and deserve, each night as you sleep.

 

Note: Always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness, etc. before treating the exposed area. Also note that certain stains are permanent.

 

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Immediately begin absorbing as much of the urine as possible using a dry, clean towel.

 
If a KOOL-AID stain still remains, try using a light spray (mist) of vinegar onto the stain and allow it “breakdown” the remaining stain for an hour. To “lift” excess KOOL-AID/vinegar liquids from the mattress, cover the affected area with a dry, clean, thick towel. To assist in absorption, evenly apply “weight” to the top of the towel (if empty boxes are available, place boxes on towel and fill boxes with weight…like books, toys, whatever is nearby). Let absorption work for ½ hour and then remove the “weight” and towel. Reapply a vinegar spray once again and immediately blot it with a dry, clean cloth. Repeat reapplying a vinegar spray and blotting until the stain is completely removed.

Unsightly coffee stains can be persistent and hard to clean. To remove a coffee stain from a mattress, try one of these methods:

     1. Dip a clean, white cloth into a beaten egg yolk and rub the yolk into the stained area. Follow by blotting with a clean, white cloth dampened with water.

     2. With a clean, white cloth, gently work denatured alcohol into the stain. Follow by blotting with clean, white cloth dampened with water.

     3. Sparingly, apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent in a pint (16 oz) of water. Allow the solution to "breakdown" stained area for 5 minutes (30 minutes if stain is old or dry). Blot with a clean, white towel. If the stain remains, apply a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar and blot the stained area.