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How to Clean a Mattress

How to Clean a Mattress


Since you spend almost one-third of your day in bed, it's important that you rest on a clean mattress. No matter how many times you try to avoid it, a simple wine spill on the sleeping surface or a nighttime accident on your child's twin bed can leave a stain. There is no reason you should let one mishap create a terrible eyesore. Here are some simple steps for cleaning a mattress.


What You'll Need:

Step 1: Soak up the Stain with the Cloth

If the stained area is still wet, immediately blot it with a clean washcloth. This helps keep the liquid from penetrating deeper into the mattress, causing further damage.

Step 2: Vacuum the Mattress

Vacuuming the mattress removes any dust or debris that builds up on your bed over time. Removing these before cleaning the stain is important because wetting all those particles can create an even bigger mess. Most vacuums come with an upholstery attachment, which is ideal for picking up dust particles from a mattress.

Step 3: Apply Upholstery Cleaner to the Stain

Whichever cleaning solution or base you choose, remember to let it soak for a minute or two into the stain. Only add water to the cleaner if instructed by the manufacturer. While some products need a little bit of water, most effective upholstery cleaners require a dry surface.

Step 4: Scrub Out the Stain with the Soft Brush

Scrub the soft brush in a circular motion over the spot until the area suds up. While a gentle scrub should get the job done, you might need to scrub harder if you're cleaning off a dry stain.

Washcloth with water dripping

Step 5: Rinse the Cleaner off the Mattress

Once you let the cleaner sit for minute, rinse the spot where you've scrubbed with a wet hand towel. Go over the area thoroughly with the towel to remove any excess residue from the cleaner.

Step 6: Dry off the Area with a Hand Towel

Use a dry hand towel to sop up water or leftover cleaner.

Step 7: Eliminate Odor with Baking Soda

If you're dealing with a stain that leaves behind a very strong odor, upholstery cleaner might not knock out the bad smell entirely. Sprinkle some baking soda over the area and let it sit for at least eight hours.

Step 8: Vacuum up the Baking Soda

Once it's done sitting, vacuum the excess baking soda from the mattress.