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Can You Clean a Mattress? Prevention is Your Best Bet

Girl with dog on mattressThere's nothing quite like a restful night's sleep snuggled on top of your comfortable mattress. After a while, though, the stains and smells that accrue may keep you from truly enjoying your sleep. Sleeping on a filthy, stain-filled mattress can do more than just give you nightmares – the accumulated allergens can actually impact your health!


Learn how to treat and prevent the most common types of mattress stains before they become a problem, and get back to having sweet dreams again.


Can You Clean a Mattress?


Some of the most common types of stains can be removed from the surface of a mattress if you treat them right away, including:



  • Sweat

  • Urine

  • Blood

  • Food

  • Beverages


Although quick action can help remove many stains from a mattress's surfaces, a heavily soiled mattress can be difficult to deeply and thoroughly clean. The longer a substance sits, the more time it has to seep into your mattress and cause permanent damage. If you want to completely remove a stain and avoid deep contamination, you should treat spills as soon as they happen.


How to Clean Stains Out of Your Mattress


Cleaning a MattressMany spills and fresh stains can be removed with common household items.



  1. Mix up a solution of salt and club soda, or dilute a small amount of dish soap with water.

  2. Dip a clean cloth into the solution, wring it out, and then gently rub the stain. Repeat until no more pigment remains.

  3. Don't over-saturate your mattress, and let it dry completely before replacing the sheets.

  4. For stubborn stains caused by bodily fluids or blood, you can try using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, laundry detergent or baking soda after initial treatment to further break up and lift pigmentation.

  5. Let liquid absorbents sit for 15 minutes, and then rub, rinse and remove with a clean cloth. Let baking soda absorb stains and excess moisture overnight before vacuuming it up, stains and all.


Mattress Cleaning Tips



  • The best way to clean a specific mattress stain will depend on the material, substance and how long it's been sitting.

  • Read your mattress's manufacturer's instructions before cleaning, and test any solution you use in a small, inconspicuous area first.

  • Use cold water when dealing with bodily fluids to prevent stains from setting.

  • Dab at fresh spills rather than rubbing them to avoid pressing stains deeper into your mattress.


Is a Mattress Protector Necessary?


To truly keep your mattress safe from stains and permanent damage, you should use a mattress protector. These handy covers keep spills from seeping into and staining your mattress and are much easier to clean and replace. While mattresses require advanced techniques and equipment for a thorough deep clean, most mattress covers can be removed and washed in a regular laundry machine. Mattress covers also help protect your mattress from dust mites, bacteria and allergens for more restful, healthier sleep.


Mattress protectors are so helpful that warranties on the mattresses at P.C. Richard & Son are void if you don't use one. Without a mattress cover, accidental spills and stains on your new mattress will likely not be covered. Even if your warranty doesn't require it, having and using a quality mattress protector is one of the easiest ways to keep your bed free from stains, allergens and permanent damage for as long as possible. Check out our affordable selection of waterproof, breathable, reversible and memory foam mattress covers and pads to see all the options available to keep your bed protected.


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