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How to Clean a Mattress | Mattress Stain Cleaning Tips

How to Clean a Mattress: Full Mattress Consumer Stain Cleaning Guide

You spend a third of your life on your mattress, so it’s no surprise that it can get pretty dirty. Over time, it can develop stains from sweat and body oil, and if you’re not careful, you might end up spilling coffee or juice on it.

If you don’t clean up these stains right away, they could set in permanently – and that could void your mattress warranty. So if you want to keep your mattress looking and smelling fresh, it’s important to know how to clean it properly.

Luckily, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to get the job done. Sooner or later, every mattress gets dirty – but with our help, you can keep yours clean for years to come. Sleeper beware: this is one cleaning lesson you don’t want to skip.

How to Treat Common Mattress Stains

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your mattress until there’s a problem. And when that problem arises – whether it’s a stain, a rip, or an evolving allergy situation – it can be difficult to know how to treat it. In this blog post, we’ll cover the most common mattress stains and how to deal with them. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of various mattress cleaning methods so that you can make the best decision for your needs. Keep reading for more information!

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Mattress

How to clean:

  1. Blot the coffee stain with a paper towel or cloth
  2. Apply a damp cloth to the area and blot starting from the edge towards the centre of the stain.
  3. Apply a cloth with vinegar or isopropyl alcohol to the area and blot starting from the edge towards the centre of the stain again.
  4. Blot again with a dry paper towel or cloth
  5. Let the mattress air dry

How to Clean Mattress Urine Stains

How to clean:

  1. Blot the area with a paper towel or cloth
  2. Place a cloth damp with 50% vinegar and 50% parts cold water in the area or spray a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water on the area.
  3. Allow the area to rest for 5-10 minutes
  4. Blot with a dry paper towel or cloth
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until the stain is gone
  6. Let the mattress air dry

How to Clean Mattress Juice Stains

How to Remove:

  1. Blot the juice with a dry cloth to soak up as much as possible
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit for about 15 minutes
  3. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda and any remaining juice
  4. Apply a cloth with isopropyl alcohol to the area and blot starting from the edge towards the centre of the stain again.
  5. If there is still some stain left, use a damp cloth to spot clean it

How to Clean Mattress Oil Stains

How to clean a mattress with an oil stain

  • Blot the oil with a dry cloth to remove as much as possible.
  • Sprinkle a mixture of cornstarch and baking soda on the area and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove the mixture.
  • If there is still some oil left, mix dish soap with warm water and dab it on the stain.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Repeat with a fresh wet cloth without soap.
  • Use a clean towel to blot dry.

How to Clean Mattress Old or Unkown Stains

  • Combine salt, baking soda, and white vinegar in equal proportions to create a paste
  • Rub the paste onto any visible stains on the mattress
  • Allow the paste to sit for 30 minutes before proceeding to the next step
  • Use a brush to remove the paste from the mattress, then follow up by wiping any remaining residue with a damp cloth
  • Finally, blot the area dry with paper towels to absorb any excess moisture

With this method, you should be able to remove any old or unknown stains from your mattress!

How to Prevent Mattress Stains

Sleeping is one of the most important activities we do every day, and it’s important to have a comfortable mattress that we can enjoy. Unfortunately, mattresses are also susceptible to staining – whether from sweat, spills, or other accidents. Here are a few tips to help prevent stains on your mattress:

Invest in a good mattress protector.

A good mattress protector is like insurance for your mattress. It’s a small investment that can save you a lot of money in the long run. A quality mattress protector will keep your mattress clean and free of dust, dirt, and spills. It will also extend the life of your mattress by protecting it from wear and tear. And if you have allergies, a mattress protector can help to keep dust mites and other allergens at bay. So if you’re looking to protect your investment, be sure to invest in a good mattress protector.

Be Careful What You Eat In Bed.

If you’re someone who likes to eat in bed, you might want to be careful about what you choose to snack on. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a midnight treat, certain foods can be more likely to cause stains on your sheets.

Foods like ketchup, chocolate, and coffee are all notorious for leaving behind pesky marks, so it’s best to enjoy them at the dinner table instead. If you simply can’t resist eating in bed, opt for a lighter fare such as popcorn or chips.

We all know that accidents happen, but try to avoid eating messy foods like BBQ chicken or ice cream in bed. If you do spill something, act quickly to blot up the mess and wash the area with soap and water.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Third, don’t sweat the small stuff. We all sweat a little bit when we sleep, but if you tend to sweat a lot, consider using a Tencel sheet to absorb any excess moisture. By following these simple tips, you can help keep your mattress looking and feeling like new.

Other Ways to Keep Your Mattress Clean

Vacuum the mattress regularly

Your bed is one of the dirtiest places in your home – it’s a veritable petri dish of dust mites, skin cells, and other allergens. And yet, we expect our mattresses to stay clean and fresh-smelling for years on end with very little maintenance.

One of the best ways to do this is by regularly vacuuming it. Whether you choose to do this once a month or more often, vacuuming will help to remove any build-up of dirt and dust that may have accumulated over time. Additionally, regular vacuuming can help to prevent mould and mildew growth, which can be detrimental to your health and cause allergies or other respiratory issues.

Spot clean any spills immediately

When it comes to spills, the sooner you clean them up, the better. That goes for your mattress, too. Spot clean any spills immediately before they have a chance to set in.

You can also use a mild detergent and lukewarm water to spot clean any stubborn stains. Just be sure to rinse the area thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before putting fresh sheets on the bed.

Replace the mattress when it starts to sag or develops lumps

At some point, every mattress will become unhygienic, sag, or develop lumps. When this happens, it’s time to replace it.

Over time, mattresses can become unhygienic due to dust mites and other allergens, which can cause health problems for some people. Additionally, mattresses can start to sag or develop lumps, making them uncomfortable to sleep on. If you’ve been noticing that you’re not sleeping as well as you used to or you’re waking up with aches and pains, it’s probably time for a new mattress. Don’t wait until your mattress is completely worn out – by then, it will start affecting your sleep quality and could lead to back pain. Taking action now will help you get the best night’s sleep possible.

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Chemical Stain Remover

Chemical-based stain removers generally contain harsh chemicals that can damage the fabric and weaken the materials in your mattress over time. These substances can also leave behind trace residues on your mattress that may cause irritation, allergies, or other unwanted side effects. Instead of using these products, it’s best to stick with gentle and natural methods like baking soda or a diluted detergent solution. Not only do these alternatives work just as well as chemical-based products with cleaning your mattress in most cases, but they are also much safer for your health and the longevity of your mattress.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

There are many resources online that recommend sprinkling baking soda, we don’t always recommend this as the baking soda can become trapped in your mattress cover or foam. It’s dangerous to breathe in airborne dust particles which will then slowly escape from the foam over time.

A Natural Latex or Memory Foam Mattress Should Not Be Placed in Sunlight

Natural latex and memory foam mattresses are both quite sensitive to UV light, and exposing them to bright sunlight can cause them to break down over time. These materials are also more prone to fading when exposed to UV light, so leaving your mattress in the sun for long periods of time could potentially damage the color and texture of the material.

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


About Me

Dr Lawrence Woods

My name Dr Lawrence Woods DC and I have been designing mattresses, pillows, chairs and seat cushions for over 20 years. As a chiropractor, my goal has always focused on improving the health of my patients by optimizing how they sleep and sit. My designs have been nominated for numerous awards and I continue to be at the forefront of this industry, helping people get the best night’s sleep possible. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West, I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified and an OSHAcadenmy certified ergonomist.


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