Once the liquid has been removed, you are ready to work on any resulting stain. There are several cleaners available on the market, but most of them are not appropriate for use on the foam and synthetic fibers found in mattresses.
A good quality mattress cleaner is suggested. I’ve used successfully Resolve Multi-fabric Cleaner and Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover. Remember it’s the foam and lather that you’ll be using so you don’t need much.
It’s a good idea to have it on hand before you actually need it. However, here you can also use a basic, mild detergent like dish washing soap.
Before you begin working, you should assemble a few supplies. You will need a bucket for the cleaning mix, mild detergent, water, sponge and a roll of paper towels. Mix the water with a few drops of detergent and continue mixing until you start creating suds. Using the sponge, apply only the suds to the mattress and work them into the stain.
Paper towels will absorb the remaining moisture along with the stain. A sponge rinsed with clean water and wrung out can be used to give the mattress cover a quick rinse. Again, use the paper towels to remove any remaining moisture.
This method is useful for sweat stains, urine stains, dirt and even blood.
Stubborn Mattress Stains
There will be times when the stains are resistant and just won’t move. Blood, in particular, can be difficult to clean from the carpet.
When this happens, get some hydrogen peroxide and mild dish detergent. But DO NOT pour either directly on the mattress stains.
Mix the peroxide and detergent until you get plenty of suds, and then use those suds to work on the stain. Use the suds only, gently scrub them in with the sponge and remove all residual liquid with paper towels.
There will be times when you are dealing with a lingering odor, particularly if a family member or pet has urinated on the bed. Removing odors can take some time and regular effort, but it is worth it. I checked in with cleaning expert, Melissa Maker and she agree with me too. It’s not hard but it has to be done. Let’s get busy.
Once the liquid is removed and the stain has been treated, you are ready to start working on the odor.
1. Sprinkle the affected area with baking powder. Leave the powder in place and the bed unmade until shortly before bedtime.
2. Using the upholstery attachment on the vacuum, remove all the baking powder right before you go to bed. Sprinkle fresh powder over the stain, cover with a towel and then make the bed.
3. In the morning, do not make the bed and seal in the odor. Remove the sheets and take the towel off the bed. The towel will probably reek, but the mattress should smell a little better.
4. Vacuum the remaining baking powder from the mattress. Sprinkle more baking powder on the mattress and allow it to air out over the course of the day.
5. Repeat the process with the towel when you are ready to go to bed.
6. Continue repeating the entire process until the odor has vanished. It will probably take a few days, but the odor will gradually air out or wick into the towels overnight.
7. Wash all the towels with detergent and a cup of white vinegar. The vinegar will remove the odor from your towel. Check sheets daily to see if they should be laundered to help remove the odor.
Let me know if you tried this or you have your own secret. It’s always worked for me.