How to Clean Mattress Stains: Clean Mattress Stains, Smells & Odors

It’s a given that the pillows, sheets, and bedspread in your home can absorb some of the bodily fluids – sweat, saliva, blood, and urine – that you shed during the night.

However, there is one area in your home that absorbs more than most: your mattress.

Over time it becomes an unsightly mess of spilled drinks and food, sweat stains from workout sessions in overly warm bedrooms, and even blood stain from a cut or nosebleed suffered during sleep.

How to clean your mattress: deep clean(mattress steam cleaner)

There are two ways to clean your mattress.

  1. The first is a simple way that simply entails removing the top layers of the dust, dirt, and spilled liquids that have accumulated on your mattress. It’s quick, it’s easy, but it does nothing to sanitize your mattress (and you’re still left with the issue of where to put the dirty mattress sheets).
  2. The second method for cleaning your entire mattress is more intense – you’ll need to bring out one or two machines depending on how often you wish to wash your mattresses. This deep cleaning will require either an at-home upright vacuum cleaner or a portable steam cleaner designed specifically for home use.

What You Will Need:

  • your choice of vacuum cleaners or steam cleaner;
  • rubber gloves;
  • an old towel;
  • a scrub brush (or other cleaning brush);
  • household detergent.

How To Clean It:

  1. Wet the mattress with clean water
  2. Place your dampened towel over the stain on your mattress and press down firmly to soak up as much of the spill as possible.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda onto the stain, then use your scrub brush to press it into the area for maximum absorption
  4. Repeat step 3 several times until you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible
  5. Empty your vacuum cleaner (if using) and place one end over the area where you spilled something – this will catch any residual moisture that may still be absorbed into your mattress
  6. Use your vacuum’s hose attachment to suck up any remaining moisture from the area
  7. Use your steam cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to clean a mattress: recent spills

Vacuum your mattress thoroughly to remove loose dirt and dust.

  1. Remove the bed linens. If you have a mattress with tufted construction, use a seam ripper to open the seams on the top side of the mattress so you can gain access to clean beneath the tufts.
  2. Vacuum all sides of your mattress.
  3. Spot test an area on the bottom side of your mattress for colorfastness before continuing.
  4. Use a damp cloth or sponge and apply mild detergent sparingly.
  5. Gently blot until dry; repeat if necessary until no more moisture is absorbed into the cleaned area.

Allow at least 24 hours for drying time before remaking your bedding if necessary because of deep stains in upholstery attachment materials which may require special attention or cleaning methods.

How to clean your mattress: stubborn stains

Using a detergent designed to remove stains, dampen the stained area on your mattress.

  • Allow it to dry until you can no longer see any discoloration of the fabric. If the stain is still visible after drying, dampen it again and sprinkle it with an absorbent powder such as baking soda or cornstarch.
  • Gently rub in some table salt over the baking soda or cornstarch before allowing it to sit for several hours so that all moisture will be absorbed by these materials.
  • Vacuum up all residue once dry.

If this fails to work, test a small hidden portion of your mattress’s fabric with an enzyme cleaner formulated for removing stains.

Spray or apply evenly onto the stained area of your mattress trying not to get any of this product on your sheets.

Allow the enzyme cleaner to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions and vacuum it up when completely dry.

How to remove mattress stains of urine

  1. Mix a solution of one part white vinegar and three parts water.
  2. Moisten a sponge with the vinegar mixture.
  3. Wipe the mattress with the sponge to remove stains, using a circular motion to prevent spreading them.
  4. Allow the mattress to dry naturally for several hours or overnight before remaking the bed.

How to clean urine stains from a mattress without removing it

1) Pour 1/2 cup (100 grams) baking soda onto the wet spot on your mattress, then use your hand or an old toothbrush to work it into the fabric in small circles.

2) Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before vacuuming up the excess baking soda and drying as usual.

3) Repeat until you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible. You can also use baking soda to rid your mattress of smell.

How to remove sweat stains from a mattress

Vacuum the mattress to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface.

  1. Mix a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts water.
  2. Dip a sponge into the solution, then blot at the stained area of your mattress, using a circular motion.
  3. Continue applying and blotting until you see no more discoloration on your fabric.
  4. Allow the mattress to dry completely before remaking your bed.
  5. If possible, open a window nearby while you clean to increase ventilation and speed up drying time.

How To Clean It:

  • Wet the stain with cold water
  • Apply dish soap or mild laundry detergent directly onto the stain
  • Scrub gently but firmly with an old toothbrush
  • Then soak in water for 10 minutes
  • Rinse out the sink and put in clean water with a bit of the soap from step 1
  • Fill a spray bottle with the solution and lightly mist it on the stain
  • Spray laundry detergent onto the dampened area
  • Rinse again.

How to remove blood stains from a mattress

Wipe the surface of the mattress with a sponge dampened with cold water. Repeat until the stain disappears.

  • If there is still some residue on your mattress, mix a solution of one part liquid hand dishwashing detergent, and three parts water.
  • Dip a soft cloth in the solution and carefully blot it onto the stained area of your mattress in a circular motion or dabbed with small strokes.
  • Rinse away liquid with clean, water and repeat until you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible.
  • Dry completely before making up with fresh linens.

How to remove coffee, tea, and wine from a mattress

Apply a dry cleaning product to the stained area of your mattress. Wait 10 minutes, then vacuum up the residue.

How To Clean It:

  1. Dip a sponge into a hydrogen peroxide solution
  2. Scrub the stain with a sponge in a circular motion or dabbed with small strokes
  3. Repeat until the stain fades
  4. Rinse it out with water
  5. Shake baking soda liberally over dampened spot
  6. Let it sit for at least 1-hour
  7. Vacuum away powder
  8. Repeat steps 1-5

How to clean your mattress: remove odors and oils

Vacuum the mattress surface with a brush attachment to remove dust and lint.

  • In a shallow baking dish, add two cups of water and your favorite-scented oil (lavender, vanilla, etc).
  • Stir in one teaspoon dishwashing liquid.
  • Dip a toothbrush into this mixture and scrub it into the mattress’s fabric in a circular motion or dabbed with small strokes.
  • Wait 20 minutes then wipe away any excess soap with a damp sponge or cloth.
  • Allow the mattress air dry completely before remaking bedding.
  • It should be odor-free after drying for several hours or overnight.

How to clean your mattress: dust mites and allergens

  1. Vacuum your mattress regularly to remove dead skin cells and mites that accumulate in the fabric.
  2. Wash your bedding weekly – including sheets, pillows, and mattress cover – in hot water (at least 130 degrees F) to kill mites and other allergens.
  3. Whether it’s a full-size or king-size mattress, put it in the dryer for at least 20 minutes after washing to make sure any remaining moisture is completely removed. This step isn’t necessary if you wash your comforter or duvet in a machine rather than by hand since they typically won’t fit into a dryer.
  4. Once every six months, sprinkle baking soda on top of your mattress before vacuuming it up an hour later. This will also freshen your mattress and remove any remaining mites or odors.

How to clean your mattress without vacuum cleaners

  • Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered dish soap (like Palmolive) in a small bowl
  • Dip cotton swabs into the mixture and apply to stains
  • Scrub with your fingers or brush in a circular motion
  • Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Shake baking soda over damp spots
  • Vacuum up powder
  • Repeat steps 2-6 until the stain is removed

How to clean your mattress professionally

Because cleaners can treat your mattress even more thoroughly than you could at home, hiring a professional is the best option if the spill is particularly large. Again, call ahead to ensure that your bedding facility has properly trained staff available for this procedure.

1) Remove the entire covering of your mattress. If you have multiple layers or linens on top, ask your cleaner to do it for you, as removing each layer may prolong the treatment process.

2) Inject a cleaning solution into cracks and crevices using a tool called an injector gun. The injection process pushes individual molecules of solution deep down into stains and odors, which helps break up surfaces that are otherwise difficult to clean without mechanical intervention.

This step may involve applying a small amount of heat to the solution as it’s injected, so be sure to let your cleaner explain exactly what they’ll do.

3) Allow the cleaning solutions to sit and neutralize for around half an hour.

4) Vacuum or wipe away any excess solution. If there are stains still visible after this step, ask your cleaner about their policy on re-treating hard surfaces. Some facilities may not guarantee results if you aren’t present during the process.

5) Return all bedding layers back to their original positions, then remakes beds with clean linens once again!

How to keep your mattress clean for longer: tips and tricks

1. Don’t eat in bed: Cook right before you go to sleep and then enjoy your meal at the kitchen table.

Clean up after yourself immediately, removing any food debris from the area.

2. Avoid sticky situations: Remove spilled juices, soda, or alcoholic drinks quickly with a clean towel (or napkin), blotting until dry rather than wiping which can trap dirt and make stains more difficult to remove later.

Also, be mindful of spills near your bedside to avoid accidentally knocking things over in the middle of the night!

3. Protect your mattress: Invest in a mattress protector for a little extra protection against old grime that’s tough to scrub off – especially important if you have kids who love making their beds into a fort!

4. Get weekly deep-cleans: Dust regularly with a microfiber duster, but try vacuuming your mattress every 1-2 weeks to keep it looking fresh longer. Also, use baking soda once or twice a year for an extra clean that eliminates even stubborn odors.

5. Invest in a mattress topper if you’re concerned about stains or wear and tear: Additional padding can help reduce breakdowns over time, so choose the best one for you based on how much support you need under your body.

6. Don’t be afraid of steam cleaners: Most newer models are safe for almost any surface type, including mattresses – just make sure you read reviews first to find out if it’ll work properly on the fabric you need to clean.

7. Dispose properly of old linens: Don’t leave your mattress exposed, or you could find an uninvited guest in your bed!

If your mattress is really ripe, consider donating it to a local shelter that refurbishes beds for others in need – just be sure to let them know about any stains so they can handle them beforehand.

8. Address spills immediately: Most liquids seep down into the padding underneath fabric layers, so act fast and get rid of excess fluids before bacteria start spreading!

If you have stubborn spots, try using diluted vinegar (half-water half-vinegar) on cotton balls instead of bleach cleaners which may discolor the fabric over time.

Why should you clean your mattress?

a) Over time, your mattress can become a sanctuary for dust mites and other bacteria that thrive in warm, dark corners.

b) Over half of the weight of a typical mattress is made up of dead skin cells – if you flush them down the toilet each day, think about how much buildup is happening every night as you drift off to dreamland.

c) Both allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin may find that their symptoms flare up after spending several hours on an unclean mattress.

d) Everything from itchy eyes and sneezing to acne breakouts can be worsened by sleeping in dirty linens!

e) Young children are particularly susceptible to this issue because their immune systems are still developing.

f) The risk only increases during cold months when windows stay shut more often when children return to school and share sleeping space with classmates.

g) To prevent germs from breeding in your bedding, consider washing all sheets and pillowcases weekly (or more often if indicated) and make sure to toss your mattress pad in the wash once a month.

h) For added protection, add a mattress cover over the top of comforters and duvet covers when you sleep – just be sure to check that it’s safe for use on whichever fabric you purchase before sealing up your bed!


Following the above steps can help you keep your mattress free of germs and fresh every night.

If you still notice stains after regular cleaning, be sure to go over them with a disinfectant spray or cream which will kill most germs that may cause illness.

Avoid using bleach-based cleaners as it can discolor fabric and reduce its lifespan.

Make sure you purchase a stain remover formulated for use on your type of mattress and follow all safety precautions when using it.

You should be left with clean and comfortable sleeping space in no time!

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