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.
- Using the vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment, start at the top of your mattress and work your way down.
- 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.
- Vacuum the mattress once more.
How to get stains out of a mattress
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.
- Make sure you are wearing protective clothing and your room is well ventilated.
- Create a 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide.
- Pour it onto the stain and wipe it gently with a clean cloth.
- Continue to pour the mixture onto the stain and wipe away until the stain has faded.
- Wash all linen on a gentle cycle with cold water or rinse with a cold, wet sponge.