The Best Way to Clean Mattress Stains
Since time is spent sleeping or relaxing on your mattress on a daily basis, it's likely there will be stains to remove from time to time. Whether the stains on your mattress are food or drink stains, blood stains or stains from a child or pet's accident, you can remove them using supplies from home. Stains on mattresses have a tendency to spread out into the absorbent upper layer of the mattress. For the easiest stain removal, tend to stains on your mattress as soon as possible, while the stains are still lingering at the surface.
Food, Drink & Blood Stains
Absorb any liquid from the stain by saturating it with baking soda. The baking soda will soak up the liquid while neutralizing any related odor. When the baking soda becomes saturated with the stain liquid, brush it off into a garbage bag and apply more baking soda.
Remove the baking soda when it's no longer wicking up the stain liquid. Make a stain-removing cleansing solution with 1 tbsp. mild hand dish washing liquid and 1 cup cool water in a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle to mix the soapy solution.
Spray the dish detergent solution on the site of the food, drink or blood stain on your mattress, using enough to thoroughly wet the stain. Allow it to sit for five minutes. Blot the cleansing liquid and stain with a clean cloth, turning to a clean portion of the cloth as needed.
Repeatedly spray the area with your soapy solution and blot it up until there's no further transfer of food, drink or blood stain to the clean cloth.
Tackle any remaining blood stain on your mattress by covering it with an application of meat tenderizer. Let the meat tenderizer absorb and remove the blood stain for 10 minutes, then brush off into your garbage bag. Allow your mattress to air dry.
Urine, Pet Stains & Cigarette Odor
Scoop up any stain substance with a plastic spoon. Toss the spoon and stain substance in a garbage bag.
Sprinkle baking soda onto the site of the urine, pet stain or cigarette odor. The baking soda will absorb any liquid as well as any related odor. Allow the baking soda to sit on the site of the stain for several hours, changing to fresh baking soda as it absorbs the liquid or smell.
Vacuum the baking soda from your mattress. Give your mattress the sniff test to see if any odor lingers.
Spray undiluted white vinegar on the site of any lingering urine or pet stains. Soak the stained area completely, then blot up the vinegar with a clean cloth.
Apply more baking soda to the site of the urine or pet stain on your mattress. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight to absorb the moisture and stain-related odor. Remove the baking soda, the next morning, with your vacuum.
Things You Will Need
- Baking soda
- Hand broom
- Trash bag
- Spray bottle
- Mild hand dish washing liquid
- Measuring spoon
- Cleaning cloths
- Meat tenderizer
- Plastic spoon
- White vinegar
- Use household ammonia to remove food, drink and blood stains but not urine as the ammonia will magnify the smell of the urine stain.
- A mattress that absorbs too much liquid can end up with mold or mildew. Open windows to aid drying or turn on a fan and point it toward the mattress.