There is a common opinion that you don’t need too much attention and effort to care for mattresses, blankets, pillows, feather beds, bed linen and all bedding. We hasten to inform you — this statement is not true. Taking care of these accessories will help increase their service life and preserve useful qualities for a long time.
The least effort is required to care about bed linen, regular washing in a washing machine at high temperatures (90-95 degrees Celsius) and ironing is a sufficient measure to provide an antibacterial environment.
Removing stains on bedding
Feather beds should be handled very carefully. Wash them only if absolutely necessary. Hand wash is not suitable due to the large weight of the feather bed in the wet state. It is also impossible to wash them in home washing machines. We suggest addressing specialized dry cleaners.
An alternative way for feather beds, feather pillows and blankets is dry cleaning, as well as disinfection using a special apparatus, using air flows.
Cleaning a cotton blanket is much more difficult. It can’t be washed or dry-cleaned, because the result of such actions can be very disastrous: the cotton wool inside the blanket is likely to become lumps, the surface will be covered with hillocks and hollows on which it’s impossible to sleep. One of the options for cleaning such products is knocking them down in the fresh air or using a vacuum cleaner.
Blankets with synthetic fillers can be washed in the washing machine 3-4 times a year, caring for them is very simple if you follow the recommendations on the product label.
In today’s market you can find a huge number of different detergents, however, they are not always able to cope with some particularly complex contaminants. Having studied this problem, we are pleased to offer you a number of the most effective ways to deal with the most common types of stubborn stains.
Cleaning a mattress from stains at home
According to Restfaq, mattresses with a removable cover, such as Evolution, can also be washed in the washing machine in a delicate mode, but in no case should you iron it, otherwise you risk ruining the cover forever.
Orthopedic mattresses with a fixed cover require much more attention. Since the cover cannot be removed, you have to use a vacuum cleaner. In the case of deep penetration of dust into the inner layers, you can try to knock the surface through a damp cloth.
ATTENTION! The following cleaning methods are not a call to action, using them you do it at your own risk!
Removing stains from wax or paraffin
Stains from wax and paraffin are most easily removed as follows: the remains are removed with a blunt knife, the reverse side is ironed through blotting paper, after which the product can be washed. If the reverse side is not available, you can try a steam cleaner or go to dry cleaners.
Removing lipstick marks
The lipstick marks will disappear completely if you put a sheet of blotting paper on the stain and wipe the stained area with cotton wool soaked in alcohol. Then, the stain needs to be washed.
Adhesive plasters and chewing gum stains
The following actions will help to cope with the traces of adhesive plaster, tape and chewing gum: ice is applied to the contaminated area of the product, after that the remaining chewing gum or adhesive plaster is removed with a blunt knife. Next, you need to put a sheet of blotting paper on this area and wipe with a cotton wool soaked in alcohol or acetone. Then wash gently and dry.
Removing oil or grease stains
Oil and grease stains are easily removed with blotting paper and alcohol. Wipe with a cotton wool soaked in alcohol and dry well. After that, you just need to wash.
Removing the stains from ground
Vinegar diluted in water will help to cope with stains from ground. The stain must be wetted with this solution, and then washed and dried.
How to get rid of a red wine stain
Ordinary salt will help remove the stain of red wine on the mattress, if possible, it should be applied immediately to the flooded area. Then the product should be washed and dried.
Stain from nail polish on a mattress
Blotting paper and nail polish remover make it easy to remove stains from nail polish. It’s necessary to blot the stain several times with a sheet of blotting paper and wipe it with a liquid for removing nail polish.
General recommendations for removing stains from a mattress
One of the most unusual, but the main thing — active products for cleaning the surface of the mattress from stains is lemon juice. To bleach most stains from the mattress cover, you must do the following operation: mix lemon juice with cold water in a one-to-one proportion, or use citric acid, bought in a store. When cleaning stains, in the area between dry and wetted fabric, a brown spot always appears. In order to remove it, it is enough to use a soft white washing powder. But the powder should be exactly white color, without impurities of other colors, otherwise the fabric may become colored.
How to get rid of the unpleasant smell of a mattress
Mattresses are very sensitive to persistent scents. Smoking in bed is highly discouraged; otherwise, after a short period of time, a constant, unpleasant odor will appear in the bed. Nevertheless, if this happened, and there is a desire to get rid of the smell — it will be enough to remove the cover and pour ordinary baking soda on it. It is advisable to leave it for at least one day in this condition, after that it is necessary to vacuum clean it thoroughly or wash in a washing machine. If the cover is non-removable, you can try airing it in the fresh air for several days.
How to get rid of mold on a mattress
Humidity is the main cause of mold, so people living in places with a cool climate can find a musty odor in their bedroom. This phenomenon can occur from mold, which is located in the inner layers, and which can cause many diseases.
In this case, the optimal and only right variant is to replace the mattress with a new one.
If buying a new mattress is not yet possible, you can try to get rid of mold using ultraviolet light. One of the best enemies of mold is the sun’s rays. And if possible, it would be nice to take out the mattress on the balcony, or the back yard, after vacuuming it first. A few days in the sun will be enough to kill the mold, but you won’t be able to get rid of it completely. Mold spreads and penetrates the inner layers quickly.
Sleeping on a mold-affected mattress and even staying near it is dangerous to your health!
How to clean a mattress from urine
Another destroyer of a mattress is urine. To clean this type of contamination, it’s important to soak the stain as well as possible. After that, you need to use a stain remover bought in the store.
The fact is that specially designed stain removers are much better than any household means, as they contain substances that can kill bacteria.
If you still decide to do it on your own, here are a few ways:
Method № 1 – we remove a urine stain using lemon juice and salt
An important and urgent method is the treatment of a urine stain with a mixture of vinegar and warm water.
Mix salt and lemon juice in equal proportions, apply the mixture, leave for 1-2 hours, wipe with a damp sponge. If there are no traces left, wash and dry.
Method № 2 – we remove urine using vinegar
Mix 1 tablespoon of 9% vinegar, 1 teaspoon of water, 1 teaspoon of detergent or washing powder and 2 tablespoons of baking soda, apply the mixture. After treatment, you need to soak it thoroughly, and then pour soda generously on the stain, and the next day after the procedure you will need to vacuum or wash the cover in the washing machine.
Method № 3 — using baking soda and soap and hydrogen peroxide
Mix 2 tablespoons of soda and 2-3 drops of liquid soap, 100 ml of hydrogen peroxide (3%), pour into a bottle with a spray, spray onto a stain, wipe after 5 minutes with a damp cloth, pat it with a towel and dry.
This solution is effective only for 5 minutes after mixing.
How to clean a mattress from blood
Method № 1 — using hydrogen peroxide
Wet a cotton pad with hydrogen peroxide generously and wipe the blood stains lightly. If there is a hiss and the stains start to foam, there is a chance that you’ll be able to get rid of them. Apply peroxide again and leave it for a few minutes, then sponge up. Repeat these steps until stains are completely removed.
Method № 2 — using salt, hydrogen peroxide and starch
Mix salt, starch and a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide in a 2: 1: 1 ratio, apply the mixture to a stain, wait for it to dry, remove the remains with a towel or napkin. You can carry out this procedure 2-3 times, until the stain completely disappears.
Method № 3 — using baking soda
Mix baking soda and warm water in a ratio of 1: 1. Protein will coagulate in hot water and then it’s impossible to remove blood. Put the mixture on the stain, leave for 30 minutes, wipe with a damp cloth, pat it with a paper towel. Dry it.
An orthopedic mattress is a very expensive bedding. It is necessary to handle it carefully and avoid contamination.
If you are a happy owner of a mattress with a removable cover, getting rid of stains will be much easier. To remove stains on the mattress which case can’t be removed is very difficult or practically impossible. Why? After cleaning, moisture penetrates into the inner layers and mold may appear, and sleeping on a mold-affected mattress and even staying near it is dangerous to your health!