Spot cleaning a mattress is already a frustrating business – but did you know that different kinds of mattress require different methods of spot cleaning? If you’re not careful, you could end up doing more damage to your mattress than the stain.
Here’s how you can spot clean these 3 popular types of mattresses:
Spot cleaning general stains on a basic mattress can be done with a baking soda and water solution. Just apply with a clean cloth, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse with clean water on a clean cloth and absorb the extra moisture with a towel.
For protein-based stains (such as blood, mud, or baby food), you can use an enzyme cleaner to break down the stain and make it easier to remove.
Pillow Top Mattress
To spot clean a pillow top mattress, be sure to address any fluid as quickly as possible to keep it from soaking through the pillow top. When the moisture has been absorbed, use a diluted upholstery cleaner to clean the stain. Work the cleaner into the fabric with a scrub brush, using gentle pressure to work out the stain but not damage the fabric.
Once the stain is out, use a clean cloth and clear water to remove the cleaner. Then soak up any moisture with a clean, dry towel. Let the mattress dry thoroughly before replacing linens.
Memory Foam Mattress
First and foremost, do not use a commercial cleaner when spot cleaning your memory foam mattress. The chemicals can damage the material. Use a water and vinegar mixture. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on the stain, then scrub the stain with a clean cloth.
There are specific ways to clean many types of mattresses. If you’ve tried these methods and are still having issues getting it clean or removing the stains, contact a professional for cleaning and stain removal.