How to Clean Mattress Stains

Simmons Beautyrest Waterproof Mattress PadEven though you can’t see mattress stains with the sheets on, you know they are there. Worse, sometimes, depending on the stain, you can smell them. And just knowing they are there, makes you feel like you are sleeping on a dirty bed.

There are things some you can do to get rid of the stain. I will first give you some ideas on how to remove stains from a traditional mattress. After that, we will cover how to get rid of stains from a memory foam mattress.

For any mattress, once you have removed the stain and are sure the mattress is dry and ready to use, place a fresh dryer sheet directly on the mattress where the stain was, before putting the fitted sheet on the mattress. This will help it to smell fresh.

General Mattress Cleaning

If you don’t know what the stain is, use a good cleaner like one of the citrus cleaners to get rid of the smell and break up the stain.

Spray some on the stain, let it sit on the stain for a few minutes and then blot as much of it up as possible with a clean, absorbent cloth.

Press down for about 30 seconds at a time to soak up as much fluid as possible. Keep doing this until the stain and odor is gone and the spot is dry.

Citrus cleaners are great for most mattress stains but if you don’t have any on hand, you can also use dish detergent to spot clean.

Put a little detergent on the stain and then blot it with a damp sponge.

Removing Cigarette Odor

Cigarette smoke is a little difficult to get rid of but it can be done. Using the citrus cleaner is your best bet to get rid of the smell. Use the same technique as described above using the citrus cleaner on general stains. Just work in one section of the mattress at a time.

It may take awhile but keep at it until the entire mattress is odor free and dry. Another thing to try is to sprinkle baking soda over the entire top of the mattress and leave it on overnight.Vacuum it off in the morning.

Removing Mold and Mildew Stains and Odors

Depending on how deep the mold or mildew has grown into the mattress, it may be very difficult to remove this stain. But it’s important to try your best to remove it as it can cause breathing problems.

If the mold/mildew was caused by too much moisture in the air in your room, run a dehumidifier to get rid of it.

First, vacuum up as much of the surface stain as possible. Now spray some white vinegar on the stain and leave it to penetrate the mold for about 10 minutes. Blot as much of it up as possible.

Next take the mattress outside on a sunny day and let the sun dry it as long as possible. Leave it out there for at least a few hours.

Removing Urine Stains and Odors

Hey, pee happens. This is probably the most common stain, specially if you have young children or pets.

The problem with urine is that it can go deep into the mattress where it’s tough to get to. Blot as much of the urine up as possible as soon as possible before it has a chance to do too much damage.

Then spray a product specially designed to destroy the urine such as Nature’s Miracle. This is my favorite cleaner for these type of stains because it works on all organic stains such as vomit, food, poop, sweat and more. You can find this on Amazon or most pet stores.

Blot and dry like you would with the other stains. You can also use white vinegar. Cover the stain with the vinegar and then blot it up until you have gotten as much of the liquid as possible. It should be mostly dry at this point. Cover the area with baking soda and leave on overnight. Vacuum it off in the morning.

Cleaning a Memory Foam Mattress

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have seen my post on my memory foam mattress review. I love it and never want a traditional mattress again. Unfortunately,  foam mattresses present a more difficult cleaning challenge than other mattresses. The best thing is to prevent stains by using a waterproof mattress pad from the start.

But what if you haven’t got a waterproof pad yet and have just gotten a stain? It can be cleaned but it isn’t easy. The biggest problem is the thick foam is really absorbent¬† and so the stain can really go deep into the mattress and start to grow mold. If it’s a quality mattress it will be mold resistant, but it can still happen.

To get the stain cleaned all the way through the mattress, you will have to force a lot of the cleaner through the mattress to the other side to neutralize the bacteria.

There are several cleaners you can use. You can use Nature’s Miracle which is great if the offending stain is organic in nature. You can also use hydrogen peroxide but be aware it may discolor the mattress.

  • Pour enough of the cleaner through so that it is actually coming out the other side.
  • Sponge the cleaned area with towels to soak up the fluid.
  • Push down to squeeze as much liquid out as you can.
  • After you have gotten as much of the liquid as you can, you will need to move the mattress to a sunny area and allow it to dry before using. Unfortunately this may take up to a week to completely dry.
  • You can help the drying process a long by using a blow dryer on it. Just don’t let it get too close to the foam because it could damage it.

See why it’s better to just prevent stains in the first place with a good water resistant pad? If you have found anything that works well for you, please share and leave a comment.




2 thoughts on “How to Clean Mattress Stains

  1. Maybe, but I don’t know of any professional cleaning services that clean mattresses.
    I have cleaned mine in the past with good results so as long as I can do it myself when needed, I probably will.

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