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How to wash a mattress and remove stains

Are you wondering how to wash a mattress or how to remove stains from mattresses? Read on for the best solutions.


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Having a clean and hygienic mattress can do wonders for your sleeping pattern as well as your mental health. Often, stains soak through bedding and mark mattresses yet with the right advice and products, washing stains off a mattress is a relatively easy task.

Below are some top tips on how to clean mattress stains.

Once you’ve stripped your mattress of bedding, use a laundry detergent from Omo’s sensitive range to ensure that your bedding is soft, clean and doesn’t irritate the skin.

How to wash a mattress

Before you start washing your mattress, it is important to strip the bed and wash your linens in a gentle cycle. Check care labels and wash accordingly and remember to test any new cleaning product or method on a small area first.

  1. Using the vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment, start at the top of your mattress and work your way down.

  2. Baking soda is great for lifting smells. Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda and rub with a sponge. Leave for 10 minutes to absorb body oils and moisture.

  3. Vacuum the mattress once more.

How to get stains out of a mattress

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It’s normal for mattresses to harbour a few stains and there’s multiple methods for washing them out. Fresh stains are the easiest to remove so as soon as you notice a new mark, move quickly but don’t use too much liquid because mattresses can be difficult to dry. It’s also important to remember to test any new cleaning product or method on a small area first.

  • Dab cold water onto fresh stains with a clean cloth to lift them off the fabric.

  • For persistent stains, salt water can be a great solution. Create a paste with a small amount of water and salt and rub onto the stain. Rinse with cold water and repeat until the stain is removed.

  • Soap or shampoo can also be used for stubborn marks. Dab the stain with cold water before working up a lather with the soap. Rinse and complete until faded.

How to remove stains from mattresses using hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is very effective when it comes to removing tough stains but it should be used with caution. Read the instructions before use and test a small patch as it can weaken some fabrics. Using a white cloth will also ensure that the colour of the cloth does not run onto your mattress.

  1. Make sure you are wearing protective clothing and your room is well ventilated.

  2. Create a 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide.

  3. Pour it onto the stain and wipe it gently with a clean cloth.

  4. Continue to pour the mixture onto the stain and wipe away until the stain has faded.

  5. Wash all linen on a gentle cycle with cold water or rinse with a cold, wet sponge.

Removing tough stains: blood stains and bodily fluids

There are times when your mattress may become stained by blood or other bodily fluids. This can be difficult to remove but embarrassing to leave behind.

  1. The first trick to removing blood stains from a mattress is to dab it with cold water. This prevents the stain from spreading and also soaking in. Never use hot water as this can set the stain into the fabric, making it harder to remove.

  2. Next, use a mattress stain remover. Apply a small amount of Omo’s Ultimate Liquid directly onto the stain and brush it in gently. If you prefer to use washing powder, simply mix it with a little water to create a paste and apply.

  3. Leave both types of detergent for a few minutes before rinsing by dabbing the surface with a cloth dipped in cold water.

  4. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the mattress to absorb lingering smells and open windows to ventilate the room.

  5. Brush the baking soda away after a few minutes and leave the mattress to dry.

  6. Vacuum any remaining baking powder up and put clean sheets on your bed. Consider using a mattress cover to make cleaning easier in the future.

A clean mattress does not only have health benefits but you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep, safe in the knowledge that your mattress and bedding is clean. While it may seem like a challenge, quick-thinking, the right advice and persistence will result in fresh mattresses.

  • Once you have washed one side of your mattress and have allowed it to dry, flip it and repeat the process.

  • Vacuum your mattress every 3 months for basic mattress care.

  • Tackle the stain as soon as it has dried but don’t use too much liquid.

  • A washable and removable mattress protector is a great investment.

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