Recognizing Common Stains
If your mattress has any stains, it's important to tackle them first before cleaning. Different types of stains require different approaches, so be sure to identify the stain and use the appropriate cleaning method.
With the right approach, cleaning your mattress can be a simple and effective way to improve your sleep hygiene. Mattresses can accumulate various stains over time, including:
- Sweat: This is the most common type of stain and can leave a yellowish discoloration on your mattress.
- Urine: This stain can leave a strong odor and may require special cleaning products.
- Spills: These can include anything from coffee to wine and can leave a visible mark on your mattress.
After identifying the type of stain you found, it's important to address it immediately. The longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Here's a general guide on how to spot clean stains, especially if it’s fresh:
- Use a clean, moist towel to blot the stain and remove any extra liquid.
- Apply a clean cloth soaked in a mixture of a little mild detergent and water to the spot.
- Use the cloth to delicately blot the stain until it disappears.
- Use a clean, moist towel to blot up any excess detergent.
- Before using the mattress again, ensure it’s dry by letting it air dry.
For a better understanding of how to clean older stains, let’s go deeper into the cleaning mode.
If your mattress has an unpleasant odor, you can easily deodorize it using baking soda. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that can help absorb and neutralize odors. Here's how to deodorize your mattress:
- Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress.
- Using a soft-bristled brush, gently work the baking soda into the fabric of the mattress.
- Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for at least 30 minutes.
- Vacuum up the baking soda using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
How to Clean Urine Stains?
If you have pets or children, you are very likely to have urine stains on the mattress. To clean that all up, you can follow these steps:
- In a spray bottle, combine equal parts water and white vinegar.
- Apply a thin layer of the vinegar solution to the affected region and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Using a fresh cloth, dab the area to absorb any residual urine and moisture.
- Cover the affected area with baking soda and let it soak for at least fifteen minutes to remove any lingering smell.
- Remove the baking soda with the vacuum.
- Before making the bed again, let the mattress air dry entirely.
Deep cleaning your mattress can help remove dirt, dust, and accumulated allergens over time. Here are some deep cleaning hacks:
- Wash the bedding in boiling water after removing it.
- Cover the whole mattress with a thick layer of baking soda.
- Scrunch the baking soda into the mattress's fabric with a gentle bristles brush.
- After adding the baking soda, set the mattress aside for at least half an hour.
- Use your vacuum's upholstery attachment to pick up the baking soda.
- You should let the mattress air dry entirely before putting it back into use.