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Monday, April 17, 2006

Tips for Cleaning a Mattress

A suitable mattress cleaner should be used for those unfortunate accidents that happen while in bed. You can't simply let the mattress dry and forget the accident ever happened. Your mattress may be dry, but the odour will linger and the stain will be set.

Young children, pets and even adults have been having accidents in bed, and that's not about to stop any time soon. Whether it's urine, vomit or you just happen to spill something while having breakfast in bed, you should have a good quality mattress cleaner at hand. The question is what to use, and what actually works to remove those awful stains and odours.

There are a variety of products that can be used as mattress cleaners. These include Natures Miracle, Bane-Clene which is great for allergies, and a well recommended mattress cleaner used by the hotel industry called ProKlean. If you don't have any of these, there is still hope. A good quality upholstery shampoo usually does the job, and can be purchased just about anywhere.

The sooner you treat the affected surface, the easier it will be to remove the odour and stain, so if you happen to have upholstery shampoo in your home, try that.

Nothing is worse than having spent a large sum of money on a good quality pillowtop mattress and finding that your dog has just urinated on it. You always have the option to call a professional mattress cleaner, but sometimes the situation can be a little embarrassing, not to mention expensive. It's always better to do your own dirty work when possible.

If you don't have a good cleaner on hand for wet accidents, you can start by blotting up the wetness with paper towels.

Once you have gotten as much as you can, sprinkle the spot with baking soda.

As it dries it will absorb the remaining liquid as well as help dissipate the smell.

Once dry, brush off or vacuum up the remaining baking soda.

A mattress cleaner is not only useful for accidents, we also sweat alot when we sleep, and over time, your mattress just doesn't smell as fresh as it did when you first purchased it. To regain that fresh smell, first vacuum the mattress surface on both sides before using your preferred mattress cleaner. This will rid your mattress of dust and mites. Second, remember to change the sheets frequently.

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