Your bed should always be a place for relaxation and zero stress. Unfortunately, finding stains on the mattress when you remove the bedding doesn’t help with the comfort.
Luckily, here is a simple guide you can try to remove those pesky stains, so you can return to enjoying bedtime!
Before you start, prepare for this chore
Being ready is important for every cleaning task, especially when it’s a time-consuming chore such as this. Starting early is crucial when it comes to cleaning stains off your mattress.
The reason is that this process, especially the drying part, can take very long—even overnight! So, remember to prepare a couch or sleep in another room for a worst-case scenario.
Step 1. Make a cleaning solution with vinegar
If you can’t guess the nature of some unknown stains on the mattress, chances are they come from your body oils (like sweat or the oils on your skin), and the natural oxidation of your bed—these processes give the stains their yellowish and brownish colors.
What can you use then? White vinegar and dish soap have properties that will help dilute and break the greasy and oily substances staining your mattress. So, to clean the stains, make a solution of equal parts vinegar and water with a splash of dish soap inside a spray bottle.
Step 2. Apply the solution to the mattress and let it soak
Spray the vinegar solution over the stained spots and scrub gently in circular motions. After you ensure all the stains are well-rubbed, give the mattress ten to fifteen minutes to soak in the solution. This will give the vinegar and soap enough time to work away at the stains!
Step 3. Deodorize your mattress (optional)
If your mattress is not only stained but also smells funny, you can take this easy extra step to deodorize it! All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda over the mattress or just the stained spots. Leave the baking soda for eight hours before vacuuming it clean.
Baking soda also helps to remove any lingering vinegar stench. So, if you need to use a lot of your vinegar solution during clean-up, this is a perfect and simple solution to remove the smell!
Step 4. Leave the mattress out to air dry
You don’t want to sleep on a moist bed, right? So, after cleaning and deodorizing, you must leave your mattress to air dry. Depending on how dirty the mattress is and how much cleaner you use, this step can take from one hour to a whole day.
Note: You can use a fan or a hair dryer to make the process a little faster, especially if you only cleaned small spots.
Does the mattress still have old stubborn stains?
If this method wasn’t enough, using a pressure washer or steam cleaner may work better for old and stubborn stains. Ultimately, getting them off can still be difficult, so there’s always the option of getting professional pressure or steam cleaners to take over the task.
In a more extreme case, where the stains are too much to handle, consider changing the mattress.
Do you want to learn more from the cleaning pros?
Hopefully, your mattress is good as new. However, why stop here? If you want to learn new ways to tackle your chores, nobody knows cleaning better than our local experts at Fabulously Clean! Check out our blog.