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How to remove mattress stains

Want to know how to clean pee from a mattress or remove a blood stain? Read on for cleaning tips!

Mattresses can attract a whole host of different stains. From how to clean pee from a mattress to how to remove blood stains from mattress covers, this is your guide to banishing stains. That way you can enjoy the smell of fresh bedsheets knowing that the mattress beneath is as clean as the sheets above it.

How to clean mattress stains

If you want to know how to clean urine from mattress fabric or how to remove stains from mattress covers, do the following:

  • Act fast: the longer you leave a stain, the harder it will be to remove
  • Blot the wet area with paper towels or a dry cloth (avoid rubbing the stain as this can make it spread)
  • Prepare your cleaning solution: mix Omo laundry detergent with water and create a mixture. Apply the solution to the stain using a cloth. You can also use a homemade mixture of baking soda and water
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes before spraying cold water onto the stain (do not use hot water as this may set the stain, making it more difficult to remove)
  • Blot the stain with paper towels until the stain has faded
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the stain to soak up excess moisture and improve whitening
  • If traces of the stain remain, repeat the steps until it has disappeared

How to remove blood stains from mattress

Blood stains can be more stubborn and difficult to remove, especially if they’ve already dried, which is why you may need a commercial enzyme-based stain remover. When you do this, make sure you are wearing gloves and have opened the windows, so that you’re in a well-ventilated area.

To remove blood stain from a mattress, follow the instructions at the back of the bottle of your cleaner to find out how to apply it and clean it to the stain. Make sure you try the cleaner on a small part of the mattress first to test whether it’s suitable for the fabric of your mattress.

An alternative to an enzyme-based solution is bleach. Mix 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with a tablespoon of washing up liquid and a tablespoon of salt until you form a thick paste. Apply it to the stain using a cloth, leave for 30 minutes before dabbing it clean with a damp cloth with cold water. Make sure you follow the same safety precautions as you would do with an enzyme-based solution.

Once you’ve removed the stain, make sure your mattress is dry. Then, all you need to do is put the bedsheets on and you can enjoy a well-deserved rest on your nice, clean mattress!

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If a stained mattress is a common occurrence in your household, use a plastic or waterproof mattress cover to protect it. Many of them contain anti-bacterial qualities and are easy to machine wash.

Key points:

  • Treat the stain as soon as you can
  • Use laundry detergent to create a cleaning solution
  • Use bleach or enzyme-based cleaners for dried blood stains