How to Get Stains Out of Mattresses

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You can clean mattress stains using simple products that you may already have in the house.
You can clean mattress stains using simple products that you may already have in the house. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Stains on a mattress can happen anytime. A spilled drink, a child urinating in her sleep, or even your pet urinating on the bed will all cause stains. It might seem that you have to throw the mattress away and buy a new one, but there are cleaning solutions that can help you clean your mattress so there is no need to discard it. A fresh stain is much easier to remove than one that has time to dry into the mattress, but in any case, you should be able to clean your mattress using the dry suds method.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Powder detergent
  • Measuring cup
  • Warm water
  • Electric mixer
  • Sponge
  • Hair dryer
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White towel
  • Baking soda

Drink and Food Stains

Place ¼ cup of detergent into the mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of water and mix the water and detergent, using an electric mixer, until suds form in the mixture. The suds should be thick.

Apply the suds to the stain, using a sponge. Rub the stain vigorously with the sponge until it starts to fade from the mattress. The idea is to keep the mattress as dry as possible as you scrub the stain.

Allow the mattress to dry before replacing sheets on the bed. Use a hairdryer to help dry the spot, if you wish.

Blood and Urine Stains

Apply hydrogen peroxide to bloodstains. The spot will bubble as the peroxide works on the stain. If bleaching the mattress is a concern for you, try the peroxide on a hidden corner first to check the reaction to the material. Use enough of the peroxide to make the stain wet. Blot using a white towel, since peroxide will bleach the material. Start from the outer edges of the stain and work your way in to the center. Use more peroxide if necessary until the stain is gone.

Apply hydrogen peroxide to urine stains. The process is the same as working with the blood.Using the same method, blot from the outer edges of the stain to the center. Continue the process until the stain is gone. Allow the mattress to dry before you replace the bedding.

Apply baking soda to the wet spots after you remove the stains. This will help to neutralize odors that the biological material may cause. Place some dryer sheets on the mattress before you replace the bedding if you wish to further neutralize possible odors.

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