How to Remove Stains, Odors, and Allergens from Your Mattress
The kid’s bedroom is not as immaculate as you want it to be, mainly because kids are just being kids at this phase in their lives. They often play and mess up their rooms or even leave grime and dirt in the mattress after experimenting with paint or could be a spilled drink and food.
As most parents would, you always want the mattresses squeaky clean but this is fairly impossible in the kids’ bedroom. In fact, your own mattress can also breed foul odors and be stained due to accidental spills or even urine.
In this guide, we outline the best way to remove stains, odors, and allergens from your mattress.
1.Steps to Removing Stains from Mattress
You can just imagine how much mold, dust mites, sweat, and other body fluids are suspended in your pillows. Just thinking about it can actually keep you awake at night. The issue is even worse when you have kids, with the occasional bed-wetting and vomit from sick kids staining their (and often your) mattress and causing urine stains.
Keeping your mattress clean will help you protect and prolong its life plus boost your snooze time, which is one-third of your life! Stains are inevitable. The fact is, you may be very careful trying to prevent spills and stains but accidents can happen at any given time.
Here are the quick and effective steps on cleaning and removing stains from your mattress:
- First off, you have to identify the type of stain that you have. Is it dried blood, urine, or a combination of these bodily fluids? Do not ever use chlorine bleach for cleaning because it can damage the fabric. If the area is wet, use paper towels to dab the area and plain water first to clean the spot.
- If you are trying to get rid of blood, using cold water can easily do the job. To remove a blood stain, create a cleaning paste composed of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp. of table salt and liquid dish soap. Spread the paste evenly into the stained area. Remove excess paste. Dab a white rag with hydrogen peroxide on the affected area to prevent the stain from setting in and to remove it completely. It is a good stain removing technique.
- If it’s urine, you can use a steam cleaner to help get rid of the stain. If in case you don’t have a steam bottle, you can use a spray bottle instead. Spray on a few just enough to cover the stain but be careful not to overdo it and saturate the affected region with water because this can push the stain further down into the fabric rather than extracting it. Whisk around the area with detergent powder and then allow it to soak for about 30 minutes. Wash it off with cold water and then pat it dry.
- For most stains, using hot water is best. You can set in your washing machine and let it air dry afterwards. This will get rid of stains as well as nasty critters. You don’t need to use cleaning products.
- Vacuum your mattress. Flip it and vacuum from the top to bottom and then repeat on the other side.
2.Steps to Deodorize Your Mattress
Washing your mattress monthly can help you get rid of the pesky odor which is a result of the accumulation of body fluids and grime. You can get rid of the foul smell by:
- Sprinkling the affected area with baking soda and then scrubbing it with a scrub brush.
- Allow the baking soda to sit for 24 hours then rinse.
- Rub the stain gently with a clean white cloth.
- Vacuum the entire mattress to help remove the accumulated foul smell and debris in the area.
- Repeating the cleaning up and flipping it from one side to another for vacuuming can certainly help erase the odor from the bedroom.
You can also use vinegar to get rid of the foul odor following the same techniques. However, vinegar itself is a bit stinky, which can be a problem for those who are sensitive to smells.
3.Methods to Remove Allergens
Do you know that there are around 50 million people in the United States suffering from allergies? If you find yourself waking up with watery eyes and a stuffy nose, chances are, these symptoms are triggered by dust mites!
Dust Mites and Their Threats
Apart from stains and odors, there are also dust mites living in your mattress. Since dust mites are microscopic, we can’t see or feel them, but they can trigger asthma and allergies in some people, especially kids.
In fact, dust mites, along with mold spores, mildew, dust, and animal dander (feathers, hair, and fur), are some of the most common triggers of asthma and indoor allergies in general. Not only so, dust mites can also affect the longevity of your mattress.
Since these parasites feed on our dead skin, we can’t completely get rid of them. In fact, on average, a person sheds about 1.5 grams of skin every day, feeding about 1 million dust mites. They can be found everywhere in your house, no matter how clean it seems to be: on your bedding, curtains, carpetings, chairs, sofas, etc.
How to Deal with Dust Mites
While it’s nearly impossible to keep dust mites at bay, there are various ways to keep them under control.
1. Block out the Dust Mites – The long-term and easiest way to keep dust mites away from your mattress, duvets, and pillows, is to encase them in allergen-proof covers. These covers are densely woven, making it impossible for dust mites to penetrate. There are also dust mite proof duvets and pillows to block out the dust mites available on the market.
2. Sanitize Your Bedding – Once you’re done sanitizing your bedding, make sure to cover them with allergy relief bedding to block out the dust mites.
Note that dust mites can be killed at 130 degrees F, so make sure you wash and dry all your bedding weekly on the hottest settings. Remove stains and deodorize the mattress following the steps above!
Air out your mattress on a sunny day to kill off bacteria living in it. Remove animal dander, dust mites, dust mite feces, and dead skin cells by beating the mattress with a baseball bat. Let it sit in the sun for the day and don’t forget to rotate it so that it is entirely exposed to the sun. Give it another round of beating before taking it back to your bedroom.
Regardless of the methods used, make sure all of your bedding is completely dry before putting them back to your bedroom. Any moisture left will make your bedroom an ideal place for dust mites and other allergens such as bacteria, mildew, molds, etc to grow. It’s best to dry them out in the sun; if the weather doesn’t permit, use a fan instead.
3. Replace Your Old Mattress – Nobody sleeps alone! You’re always accompanied by dust mites, allergens, dust mite feces, viruses, perspiration, dead body cells, dust, fungal spores, bacteria, etc. A mattress that is too old is full of these unwanted guests. Foam and latex models are the best to reduce allergens in the bedroom since dust mites can’t live in them.
4. Lower the Humidity in Your Bedroom – High levels of humidity (Around 80% or higher) are best for dust mites to grow. To kill dust mites, you need to take down the humidity to around 35%, making it hard for them to survive. To do this we will need a dehumidifier. However, this costly method is not ideal as it doesn’t help remove any dust mite feces (allergens) from your bedding and is uncomfortable, low humidity is uncomfortable for some people, and people sweat at night, increasing the humidity in the bedroom.
4.Develop The Habit Of Making Routine Bedroom Cleaning
Cleaning up your mattress requires diligence and consistency. You can do this cleanup once a week. Having a weekly bedroom cleaning routine is a huge help to get rid of pest infestations and getting a good night cap and rest. You can also add up a pad or cover for extra layers of protection from stains. This will also help prevent mites, fleas, and other pests from lurking.
Stains and odors may be inevitable but you can get rid of them as well as reduce dust mites by developing a routine cleanup routine of your bedroom. Start by decluttering or putting all trash in a bag. Then you proceed to dust and polish furniture. Remove grime by cleaning smudges by using a glass cleaner and clean cloth. Wipe off dirt from door knobs and electric switches. Now, when that is done, you can focus your attention on the bed. Strip all dirty linens and sheets. Vacuum the mattress and then make your bed by putting fresh linens.
Mattress Care Tips!
Taking a good care of your mattress does not only prolong its lifespan but also helps you get the most of it.
- Regular Cleanups – Cleaning up your bedding and bedroom regularly can help you reduce dust and allergen build up. Vacuum your mattress on a weekly or monthly basis or when you change the sheets with a HEPA rated vacuum.
- Keep Your Mattress Dry – No liquid near it, especially if you have a memory foam mattress as it will get trapped in the cellular structure of it. If it gets wet, make sure you dry it completely using fans.
- Invest in a Mattress Protector – A good protector needs to be able to resist dust mites, bed bugs, and liquid. Getting one would solve the problem of your mattress getting spilled and stained as well as allergens.
- Wash and Dry all of Your Bedding at high Temperatures (at least 130 degrees F) – High temperatures are to kill dust mites, add 1/2 cup white vinegar to deodorize and soften the bedding.
- Make Your Bedroom Unfavorable for Dust Mites to survive – Dust mites and other allergens prefer environments that are dark, moist, and warm. Allow natural lights to travel across your room; keep the moisture low (around 50% or below) and the temperature not above 70 degrees F.
- Flip Your Bed Once Frequently (every 1 to 3 months) – This method allows your mattress to wear and tear evenly, increasing its lifespan. You can do it by flipping it over or rotate it so the head of the mattress is at the end of the bed. Note that not all mattresses are created to be flipped over or some mattresses come with different firmness options on each side.
Dealing with stains, odors, and dust mites on your mattress can be an everyday dilemma but not if you know the tricks of preventing and eliminating them when you clean. Cleaning your bedroom and mattress has a significant impact on you achieving good sleep. Clean mattresses and bedding can help promote good sleeping habits.
After a long day’s work, you always want to go home and sleep on a fresh-smelling, stain-free and allergy-free surface. Regular and deep sleep is crucial to good health and improves learning, memory, and even improves your overall mood. This goes the opposite direction for those who are sleep deprived because of a dirty and smelly mattress. Making sure to keep your linens spotless and mattress your spick-and-span will help ensure you always get a long and good night sleep.