Since your bed is a place where you spend a great deal of your time, it’s only natural that something may spill and stain your mattress at some point. Some common mattress stains come from drink and food spills, human or pet urine, and older mattresses may even have mildew stains. Remember, you can only flip the mattress over once before the problem is back. Try some of these simple spot remedies to remove stubborn stains from your mattress.
For most general stains or unknown stains, use a citrus based cleaning product. This cleaning product should not contain any bleach as it will take the color out of the fabric. Allow the product to soak into the stain for about 10 minutes. Use an old rag and blot the area to absorb the liquid. Allow the area to dry and the stain should be gone! Place a dryer sheet under the sheet to remove any odors and give your mattress a fresh scent.
Mold & Mildew Stains
Removing mold and mildew stains from a mattress can be very difficult. If they have been lingering on the mattress for a long period of time and soak deep into the bed, it can be almost impossible. Begin by finding the source of the problem. What caused the mold or mildew to appear in the first place? The most common reason is moisturize in the air. This problem can be fixed by placing a humidifier, air conditioner, or heater to remove the dampness from the air.
Another option to removing mold and mildew from mattresses is to allow the bed to soak in the sun. Scrap off any excess mold or mildew from the outside of the mattress and get a strong vacuum to remove any surface mold. Lay the mattress upright against the house or shed in direct sunlight. Allow the mattress to stay in the sun for about 3 to 4 hours. This will help to dry out the mattress and freshen the fabric.
Human and pet stains are a very common source of mattress stains. Not only can urine stains discolor the fabric and cause bacteria to grow, but it can also cause a lingering odor. It’s best to get to the stain when it first occurs as it’s not penetrated into the fabric as much.
Begin by blotting up any excess urine on the surface of the mattress. Next, spray a cleaning product that is made for odor removal on soiled stains. Allow the stain to soak in the product for about 10 minutes. Blot up any excess product and allow the area to dry.
Another way to remove urine stains from a mattress is to saturate it with vinegar. Blot out the excess and allow the area to dry. Next, cover the area with baking soda to help neutralize the odor. Leave the baking soda on the area overnight and vacuum up the spot the next morning.
Food and Drink Stains
Food and drink stains may be able to be cleaned, but unfortunately, darker stains may leave a permanent colored surface stain. Remove the under stain by using a citrus product and allow it to sit on the area for 10 minutes. Use a cloth to push down on the stain and blot up the excess. Follow this by spraying vinegar on the stain. Repeat the process by blotting the area. Each time this is repeated, the color and stain should lift.
If you are looking for some easy home remedies to remove stains, consider some of the above. Some stains can be stubborn and down right difficult to remove. The most effective stain remover techniques I have used have worked well for my mattress.