How to Get Stains Out of a Mattress

There are many reasons to think about how to get stains out of a mattress in this economy. Many people are on tight budgets and finding a stain on the mattress simply means they will need to find a way to treat it rather than go get a new one. If the stain is not too set or too full of mold you have a good chance of saving your mattress.

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How to Get General Stains Out of a Mattress: Method 1

What you will need:

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • soft cloth

Although, there are many different types of stains found on mattresses it can be very important to know how to remove general stains as well. There are times when we, the owner of the mattress, do not remember what was spilled on the mattress leaving us needing to know general stain removal tips.

  1. To being this general mattress stain removal process you will need to place a very small amount of dishwashing detergent on a soft cloth.
  2. Next, you will need to use your fingers to work the soap into the soft cloth. This is to evenly distribute the soap.
  3. Dab the mattress stain with the soft cloth filled with soap. Be sure not to rub the stain. This action will only further drive the stain into the mattress.
  4. Continue to repeat this process as needed. If this is a fresh stain or one that has not been there for too long you should be able to remove the mattress stain with just these simple steps.
  5. Inspect the mattress stain. If the stain remains you will need to move on to method 2.

How to Get General Stains Out of a Mattress: Method 2

What you will need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft cloth

When trying to remove a stain from a mattress it is important to start with the least harsh process. There are many stain removers that can harm the fabrics on the mattress leaving you with just another problem. This is the next harsh stain removal process. If method 1 did not work you should then move on to this method.

  1. This method calls for hydrogen peroxide. You will need to fill a clean spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide before continuing. Remember hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and can cause the color, of the mattress, to change or fade.
  2. Using the gentle mist setting on the spray bottle, apply the hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. It is very important that you do not saturate the mattress, only dampen it. Mattresses easily grow mildew, meaning it is very important that you apply as little moisture as possible.
  3. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit for about 15 minutes.
  4. Next, you will want to quickly take the cloth from method 1 and dab the mattress stain. Remember do not rub the stain only apply pressure.
  5. If the cloth dries out before you are able to remove the stain you can continue to dampen the cloth with hydrogen peroxide. Continue this step until your stain has ben removed. If the mattress stain is particularly stubborn you may have to move on to method 3.

How to Get General Stains Out of a Mattress: Method 3

What you will need:

  • Dry borax
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

If the other methods have failed to remove the mattress stain you may have a particularly stubborn set in stain. This next and final method of removing the mattress stain is to only be used if the stain has not been removed with the other methods. This method is meant to continue method 2.

  1. To begin this method you will need to purchase a dry borax cleaner. Borax is a common stain fighting chemical, but it is just that a chemical. When using this type of a cleaner it will be important to completely remove traces of it before you make up your mattress.
  2. Sprinkle a small amount of the dry borax over the stain that has been covered with the hydrogen peroxide. This step will help to continue the cleaning process that took place with method 2.
  3. Using the same cloth as methods 1 and 2 rub the borax into the stain. This step requires you to really rub the stain to try and remove that stubborn mattress stain. You will continue to scrub the stain until it disappears. You can sprinkle small amounts over the stain if more is needed to remove the mattress stain completely.
  4. Now that the stain is removed you can refresh the mattress. Many of the stains left on mattresses can give off an odor that may not be pleasant. No one wants to sleep on a smelly mattress!
  5. To refresh your mattress you will need to simply sprinkle baking soda over the once stained area. Ensure that you cover the entire wet part of the mattress. The baking soda will continue to soak up any moisture on the mattress and smells that might be left over.
  6. Allow the baking soda to sit for about 15 to 30 minutes so that it can work its magic. 
  7. To remove the baking soda and any borax that might be left over all you will need to do is vacuum the mattress. Ensure that you have gotten all of the cleaners off.
  8. Allow the area to fully dry before you begin to dress the mattress. Remember mattresses are very susceptible to mildew and if any is locked in with the sheets you might be left with an even bigger problem than a simple stain.