How To Clean A Mattress: Steps to Remove Mattress Stains & Smells

How to Clean a Mattress 

Mattresses are the most integral part of our daily life . they make an essential part of our household item . also we know how dust mites ruin your mattresses. Many mattresses contain sweat, blood, and urine along with mold and mildew.

So you should be most careful while cleaning it. It helps in removing dust and keeping the mattress fresh for years. Mattresses get spill marks very quickly, so they need to be cleaned as soon as possible to prevent any stains and bacteria from growing. But the good thing here is cleaning of a mattress is not that difficult various new cleaning tools are coming up making the chore easier. 

It is much easier to clean your mattress at the humid environment when the weather is wet and gloomy the strike time for bacteria to grow .the surface sweat and moisture are unlikely to evaporate because of the weather .and in the presence of small children or pets stains are more likely to occur.


Ways to clean a mattress 

General CleanUp of Mattress


Step 1. Vacuum the Mattress

The upholstery attachment of a vacuum cleaner is the best tp cleaning of the mattress. 


Step 2. Deodorize Mattresses with Baking Soda

Though body sweat does not bother much as we being habitat with it still sweat build up and lead to odors and growth of fungi and algae .a right mattress leaves your bed fresh.

For this first, sprinkle the mattress with baking soda and then scrub with the brush. Then baking soda is allowed t set for about 10 -15 minutes and then proceeded to the next step.


Step 3. Vacuum Again

Initial vacuuming will remove dust from the mattress surface; now the baking soda can get to work on the surface .scrubbing baking soda into mattress bonds with moisture get tightened in the top layers of material. So in a whole, it helps in removing oil from the mattress.

Now when we vacuum it the next time the whole moisture is pulled out, also the outdoors are removed. The upholstery attachment is used in this step too.

Also Read: 15 Best Mattress in India

Remove Different Types of Mattress Stains

Mattresses usually acquire three kinds of stains: blood, urine, and other bodily fluids .these need to be treated immediately .but there new methods coming up to clean your mattresses even after the stay for a while.


Remove Dried Blood Stains on Mattresses

To remove dried blood stains on mattresses, you need the following:

  •   1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, plus more as needed
  •   1 tbsp. liquid dish soap
  •   1 tbsp. table salt

    Combine all ingredients and lightly spread the paste on the mattress and allow it to dry, now scrape the residue.  Dab away any remaining stain and paste. Rotate a cloth dipped with hydrogen peroxide on the cloth as the stain lifts and gets removed.


Remove  Urine Stains on Mattresses

Pets and kids in the house are the real mess makers; they can leave a mattress messy. Urine stains are usually very tough but not impossible to be removed and can be erased once they’re dry. So it’s a  two-step method that can help in keeping kids mattresses clean when they are little.

1) Urine Stain Pre-Treatment

  •   3 tbsp. baking soda (bicarb for UK readers)
  •   8 oz. hydrogen peroxide 3%
  •   A tiny amount of liquid dish soap
  •   Combine the ingredients and apply thoroughly on the mattress let it dry don’t drench the mattress 

2) Urine Stain Remover

 The pre-treatment is enough to get rid of urine stains on mattresses. If the stain persists, use this second step.

  •   3 tbsp. dry laundry detergent (it must be powder!)
  •   One tablespoon water

The detergent and water are whipped together to make a foam and spread on the stain and made to sit for about 30 min. Then the paste is scraped away with a spoon.    Use a white cloth dipped into hydrogen peroxide to remove any stubborn bits of paste. Let the area dry then vacuum.


Remove Vomit Stain from Mattresses 

  •   Open the windows to make the room ventilated before you start in this process. 
  •   Unscented, plain household ammonia
  •   Baking soda
  •   Lightly damp the corner of a white rag.
  •   Use the damp corner to blot the stain. 
  •   Do NOT drench the mattress!
  •   Use a separate cloth dampened with fresh water to lift the stain. If you do not see immediate lifting, wait 5 minutes, and try again.
  •   Once the mattress stain is gone, wipe the entire area with a clean cloth dampened in fresh water.

    Sprinkle the still damp area with baking soda to neutralize the ammonia and pull out any remaining moisture. Let this dry and then thoroughly vacuum the spot using the upholstery attachment.

Flip and Repeat:

If your mattress has a pillow-top or can’t be flipped over, you can skip this step.

Other mattresses should be flipped side to side and top to bottom, so they wear evenly. Repeat the mattress cleaning steps above after flipping.


How To Prevent Mattress Stains

Since cleaning a mattress is a time-consuming task, I recommend using a washable mattress cover. I’m not talking about the crinkly, plastic kind you might remember from childhood.

These days, mattress covers are made from fabric bonded to a waterproof layer that keeps liquids and allergens from reaching your mattress. Here’s the one I use.

Launder your mattress cover immediately after any spill or illness. Otherwise, wash it at least once a month to keep your bed fresh.



A clean sleeping place is the most stress relieving the place, and you’ll be happier in the long run after a hectic day if you can do a little each night to keep your mattress clean. It might take time making showers a nighttime habit or avoiding the mess by not eating on the bed. Whatever the changes may be, you’ll get the best of out of your mattress for a more extended period.