There are many substances that lead to staining on the mattress, and they can be obnoxious to see when it comes time to wash the bedding. Additionally, stains on the mattress can void a warranty as well. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share a mattress stain removal guide in two parts, below being part one of two to help you better combat these challenging stains.
Basic Mattress Stain Removal
Be sure to always check the label for the manufacturer recommendations or cautions before diving into tackling any stain. No matter what, never over saturate the stain with water, a product, or homemade solutions. Mattresses do no dry out quickly and if they stay wet and/or damp for too long they can start to develop odors and mold. If you have to repeat applications, always blot the area in between each use and only light lightly use the cleaning formula. When it comes to the mattress, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, laundry detergent, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and citrus-based household cleaners are safe and effective to use on the mattress when used appropriately. According to experts, the most effective solution to tackle basic stains is ¼ cup vinegar, ¾ cup warm water, and one tablespoon of a liquid dish soap all blended well together in a squirt bottle.
How to Remove Various Stains from Mattress
1) For wet stains, be sure to use a dry towel to blot as much moisture as possible. Do not scrub or rub as it will only make the mess worse. Remove as much excess moisture as possible before treating the stain. For dry stains on the mattress, be sure use a blunt edge, like a spatula or spoon, to scrape up the residues and use the vacuum to remove the debris. Use a lightly dampen cloth to moisten the stain.
2) Lightly mist the stain with the solution of your choice. In most cases, allowing the solution to sit for 10-15 minutes will help remove the stain more effectively.
3) Use dry paper towels or a cloth to blot the treated area and continue until excess moisture is lifted and repeat as necessary.
4) If possible, put the mattress in the sun to expedite the drying process, otherwise do what you can to increase the air circulation lie flipping on the ceiling or floor fan, opening a window and door, and so on. It can take several hours to dry.
5) If you want to take the time to deodorize, once the mattress is dry, sprinkle baking soda on the surface and vacuum the particles after they have set for 30 minutes or more.
Below are a few of the most common stains that affect the mattress and how to remove them.
How to Remove Blood Stains from Mattress
Use white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Pour amount of your choice, vinegar or peroxide, onto the mattress directly. For vinegar; allow it sit for 10 minutes and use a dry cloth to blot until all excess moisture is removed and repeat if necessary. For peroxide; the hydrogen peroxide will make the blood foam up a bit, simply blot away the foam once it has stopped and let it soak in for 5 minutes. Use a paper towel dampen with cool water to rinse both the vinegar and blood away. Be sure to follow the blotting and drying steps mentioned in basic stain removal.
How to Clean Urine from a Mattress
To break down the odor and stain causing protein, use an enzyme-based upholstery cleaner. Use a dry towel or paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible. Apply the enzyme cleaner to the spot and let it set for 15 minutes, or if the direction indicates longer, be sure to follow the instructions. Use a cool-water dampen cloth to blot he cleaner and stain away. Be sure to dry according to the basic steps.
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We hope this helps combat the mattress stains, be sure to check out part two of our mattress cleaning guide that lists pet urine, vomit, coffee, wine, and oil foods or lotions. If the stains are tough to beat, trust in Carpet Care 2000 to get them out!