How to Clean a Bed Mattress

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Your bed is the place where you rest your weary body at night. It should be a pleasant place to be. Spills and accidents can stain your mattress and leave behind bad odors. Cleaning your mattress the wrong way makes the situation worse. Using too much water can cause the growth of mildew and add new stains to your bed. Remove stains and odors using the correct methods, to make your mattress smell fresh and look nice, allowing you to rest easy.

Step 1

Vacuum your mattress using an upholstery attachment, to remove loose dust, dirt and other debris.

Step 2

Blot up fresh spills with a white towel.

Step 3

Neutralize odors from fresh urine stains with vinegar and water. Mix together equal parts of white vinegar and warm water. Apply the vinegar mixture to the soiled area of the mattress. Use just enough of the vinegar and water mixture to dampen, but not soak, the mattress. Allow the mattress to air dry. Open windows and place a fan in the room to speed drying.

Step 4

Remove stains from the mattress by cleaning it with a soft-bristled cleaning brush and foam upholstery cleaner. Apply a small amount of the foam upholstery cleaner to the mattress. Scrub the mattress, using the soft-bristled cleaning brush to work the foam into the stains. Use more upholstery cleaner as needed, to cover the mattress stains. Let the mattress air dry. You can make your own upholstery foam cleaner by combining 1 tbsp. liquid dish detergent with 1 cup warm water. Mix the detergent and water vigorously with a whisk until a lot of foam forms. Use only the foam portion of your homemade upholstery cleaner on your mattress.

Step 5

Freshen the smell of your mattress and lift remaining stains with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on top of your dry mattress. Smooth the baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress, using your hands. Leave the baking soda on the mattress for 10 minutes before vacuuming it up, using your vacuum cleaners upholstery attachment.

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