January 11, 2012
Even if the excellent mattress you own is protected and covered by the bed sheets, spills and dirt will sometimes reach the mattress’ surface. If you think that it would be okay to leave them that way, since a bed cover would end up concealing it, then you‘d be wrong. You should know that hoarded dirt, stains and spills, if not dealt with properly, might ruin your precious mattress over time.
Right below are 5 quick steps on how to clean your mattress by removing the stains caused by your nosy children, mucky pets, or your clumsy self.
Start by vacuuming your mattress to eliminate tiny particles of dirt, strands of stray hair, dust mites, dead skin cells, etc. Bed bugs can be particularly hard to eliminate because they hide within the tightest corners of mattresses.
2. Very gently rub and spray the mattress with soapy water.
Don’t panic when it looks initially bad. With a mixture of liquid soap and water placed in one atomizer, lightly scrub the stained area with any bristled brush (e.g. a toothbrush), then rinse thoroughly. Continually dab the mattress; you’ll see that as the color of the stain spreads, it will get lighter and lighter until it vanishes away.
As for the soap, you can also use ordinary bathroom bar soap dissolved in water, shampoo, laundry detergent, baking soda, or glycerine. But be careful not to spill over a lot. The less bubbles created on the mattress, the better—and the quicker to remove excessive water afterwards. For ink stains, specially, you can use any of the three: acetone, non-oily nail varnish remover, or nail polish remover.
As for the water, only use tap cold water. Hot or warm water might permanently set and leave the stain once the mattress dries up.
3. Blot out the sodden parts of the mattress.
Place a cloth or absorbing towel over the mattress. Remember to apply some pressure. This is to soak up water until most of the moisture has been pulled out.
4. Air-dry the mattress completely.
There are three ways of doing this efficiently. The first way is turning the fan on, focusing the air ventilation onto the damped areas. The second option is to use a hairdryer or hair blower to speed up the drying process. The last option, which I consider to be the best one, is to carry the mattress and let it dry directly under the sun. Exposing it to the sun’s powerful rays will help remove the traces of residual smell of the spill or the bleach odor caused the cleaning agent.
5. Iron the mattress with quick strokes.
This might not be necessary for removing stains, but it’s advisable since you’re cleaning your mattress anyway. In the same process, ironing the sides and surface of the mattress will inevitably help prevent dirt (specifically, the presence and remains of bedbugs) from escaping deep into the mattress.
For best results, set the iron to a very high steam setting.