Routine vacuuming of the mattress to remove dust particles will help to keep it clean and reduce staining should the mattress get wet.
Mattress General Stain Removal
Act immediately and mop up any spillage that is likely to stain your mattress. The longer you leave it the more difficult it is to remove the stains as they will bond with the mattress fabric.
Natural cleaning products such as a white vinegar and water solution(ratio 1:5) dapped on the stain with a clean damp cloth may be all you need. Lemon juice and water is also effective depending on the age and nature of the stain.
Upholstery cleaner can be used to remove any stubborn surface stains from your mattress. They are generally harmless as they are specifically designed for contact with the skin. Never soak the mattress as it will take longer to dry. Always allow it to air thoroughly before covering with bed linen.
Mattress Specific Stain Removal
Blood can be difficult to remove if it is allowed to dry. Blot any surface blood then use cold water with a clean cloth, rubbing in a circular motion from the outside of the stain in. For dried blood a weak solution of cold water and hydrogen peroxide (ratio 1:5) should do the trick.
Urine not only stains but can leave an unpleasant odour. Mop up any excess fluid as soon as possible with a dry clean cloth, then spray on a mild detergent before blotting again with a clean dry cloth. Allow to dry then sprinkle on bicarbonate of soda. And leave preferably overnight before vacumming.
Drinks can stain, especially the coloured variety. Mop up any excess fluid then spray with a citerus solution for example water and lemon juice. Dab the stain from the outside in. Avoid over -wetting.
Odour Elimination And Your Mattress
Odour can be eliminated by routine damping down after vacuuming with a weak water and hydrogen peroxide solution. Carcoal brickettes which absorb odours, wrapped in a fine gauze and placed under the mattress can be effective and reduce the need to dampen the mattress in order to freshen it. Why not try a branded fabric freshener such as Febreze for a quick remedy to odour.
Turn your Mattress
Turn your mattress once a fortnight. Remember to flip it so that the head becomes the foot. This will prolong the life of your mattress and prevent it from becoming lumpy. This will allow your mattress to breathe and prevent mold. Some mattresses have a specific head and foot and upside and shouldn't be moved. A good mattress cover is useful especially in this situation, acting as a barrier and reducing stains and dust collecting on the mattress.
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