How to remove stains from the mattress
Stains can get on the mattress in different ways. Carpet foam or upholstery foam are recommended as a universal stain remover. When using it, you should strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and it is essential to ensure that the mattress does not get too damp. If the cover can be removed, it is best to separate it from the core to remove stains.
- You should remove stains from the mattress as soon as possible. – The rule here usually applies, the fresher the easier it is to remove.
- If there is liquid that has not yet been absorbed on the mattress surface, remove it first. We recommend using absorbent paper towels.
In the following, we will give you some tips on how to remove specific stains that are more common on mattresses. We limit ourselves to tried and tested home remedies and refrain from recommending “hard” chemicals, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the stain removal tips or the integrity of your mattress. If you are unsure whether you can clean your mattress with one or the other means, contact the mattress manufacturer for clarification or, if in doubt, give your mattress to professional hands.
Cleaning the mattress if it is contaminated with urine You can use lemon juice or white vinegar to clean the mattress from urine. Apply the acidic agent to the stain and let it dry up. Then you can brush out or scrape off the stain (e.g. with the back of a knife). You can then carefully clean the mattress again with detergent foam and finally with clear water. The use of a disinfectant is recommended for improved hygiene and against odors. Let the mattress dry well before pulling back a sheet.
Most of the time, urine stains cannot be completely cleaned and edges are left behind.
blood stains from the mattress You can use a mixture of baking soda and cold water to remove blood stains from the mattress. To do this, make a thick mixture (pasty, approx. 3: 2 baking powder: water) and apply it to the blood stain. Leave the baking soda-water paste on for at least half an hour before removing it from the mattress and letting it dry. Alternatively, you can rub the blood stain with cold water first and then sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on it. Then let it take effect (ideally the baking powder soaks up the “stain”) and then remove the baking powder and, if necessary, re-treat with a little cold water. Then let it dry properly again.
Other proven means of removing blood stains from mattresses are gall soap, saline solution or soda lye (drugstore).
In general, blood is one of the very stubborn causes of stains, which can often only be removed with great difficulty and usually not completely without leaving any residue.
Clean the mattress if there are coffee stains
A pure coffee stain (without milk) can often be easily removed from the mattress by using simple water (lukewarm). To do this, simply work the stain with the water and a soft cloth and then let the mattress dry well. The combination of lemon juice and quark has also proven itself against coffee stains on mattresses. To do this, first moisten the stain generously with the lemon juice and then apply a layer of quark on it. The whole thing then has to take effect for a long time (around four to five hours). Remove the dried quark and treat the affected area with detergent foam. Finally, rub the mattress one more time with cold water to remove any remaining cleaner, before letting the mattress dry.
Gall soap can also be used to remove coffee stains from the mattress.
Eliminating red wine stains on the mattress
If the red wine stain on the mattress is still fresh, use carbonated mineral water to remove it. If the red wine stain has already dried on, you can sprinkle salt on it and let it take effect. Then brush out the stain.
Clean the mattress if there are mold stains or mold?
There are some tips and recommendations on how to clean mattresses for mold stains or mold. First of all, you have to distinguish between mold stains and mold. Mold stains appear on textiles such as mattress covers, paper or books when there is high room humidity and at the same time there is extreme air exclusion (lack of or no ventilation). Mold stains usually lead to an unpleasant odor, which also appears in a similar or identical form with mold. In contrast to a real mold infestation, however, mold stains usually do not pose a health risk. Mold can be visually differentiated from mold stains through the mycelia (recognizable in the form of threads).
If there are mold stains on a mattress, this can be countered by placing the mattress with the mold-stained side in the sun for several hours. The mattress should always be positioned so that the sun or its UV rays can act directly on the mold stains. Please note that direct sunlight is not good for many mattresses, which is why the mattress should never be subjected to such a procedure repeatedly. In addition, the use of buttermilk to remove mold stains on mattresses has proven itself. The mold stains should be dabbed gently with the buttermilk. Then you let the buttermilk work for a while before you carefully remove it from the fabric with a damp cloth.
In the case of mold stains in the mattress, it is also important to determine possible causes and to remedy them, otherwise the problem will keep reappearing and may eventually lead to real mold.
If there is a real mold attack, cleaning the mattress is not recommended. Here, the immediate disposal of the moldy mattress and a new purchase is the only sensible way.