Tips&TricksDIY mattress cleaning: How to effortlessly remove stains and bacteria at home

DIY mattress cleaning: How to effortlessly remove stains and bacteria at home

How to remove stains from a mattress?
How to remove stains from a mattress?
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2:33 AM EST, February 2, 2024, updated: 4:31 AM EST, March 7, 2024

The mattress is a crucial item in any household. We spend at least eight hours on it daily, and it can quickly accumulate stains from sweat, tea, coffee, and other body fluids. Removing such stains isn't straightforward, and an ordinary detergent might not suffice.

So, how can one remove stains from a mattress? Let's look at a recipe for a homemade spray for mattresses and upholstery that can take care of even dried stains. You most likely have all the necessary ingredients at home; we'll explain how to use them.

Frequency of mattress cleaning

A mattress is composed of multiple layers, but our body only comes into contact with the cover. Some mattress covers can be removed and washed, but unfortunately, most do not share this convenience, making this part of the bed one of the dirtiest. While bedsheets do limit skin's exposure to the mattress cover, they do not completely protect it.

Experts recommend cleaning your mattress at least once every three months. Dust, grime, and residue from dead skin cells all accumulate on the mattress surface, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Regular mattress cleaning is important; without it, you risk promoting the development of allergies, skin fungal infections, or even asthma.

How can I remove stains from a mattress?

One of the most effective methods to thoroughly clean a mattress is with a steam cleaner, as it eliminates bacteria and residue, leaving the mattress looking like new. However, not everyone can access a steam cleaner, and professional cleaning services can be expensive.

There's an alternative solution – a homemade mattress cleaning spray. This inexpensive solution has the potential to handle any stain. You only need an empty spray bottle, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. The combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works wonders on all types of stains while also sanitizing the surface.

Creating this solution is a quick process. Take an empty spray bottle and pour a whole bottle of high-concentration hydrogen peroxide into it (at least 9 percent). Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/3 tablespoon of dish soap. Mix everything well before spraying the solution onto the stained area. After 15 minutes, wipe the stain away with a clean, dry cloth. If done correctly, the stain should be removed entirely.

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