You could use a shop vac if you have one, or you could borrow one (vacuum or shop vac) from a family member or good friend or neighbor.

It took a long time before I felt brave enough to love another dog, Kim. In December, I got a French Bulldog puppy and I absolutely adore her. Life is just better with dogs in it. 🙂

There is a product called “Urine Gone” at pet stores. Also, “Odor Rid” from QVC to put on the exact source of the odor.

Looks like you forgot an ingredient in the blood-stain removing paste. 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1tbsp dish soap and 1tbsp salt doesn’t make a paste. other sites use 1/2c corn starch to make the paste, and I think that might be what you’re missing.

The brown ring is where the soap and water spread the blood, rather than completely getting rid of it. Spraying hydrogen peroxide lightly on the ring should take it away after 15 minutes or so. Don’t drench the mattress; just spray lightly, wait, blot with a clean white cloth and repeat if necessary.

I used the baking soda peroxide and followed with the rub, but there seems to be excess rub that is dried up but isn’t coming off. Any ideas?

Bridget, Washing your mattress in the morning would give it the most amount of time to dry before the evening. You can also use some of the suggestions in step 7 of the General Cleaning section to dry the mattress more quickly, or sleep somewhere else until the mattress dries completely.

I followed the instructions to remove urine stains. I really liked the results the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and dish soap left, but I also did the dry laundry detergent as advised and it left a horrible hard paste on the mattress. It also bleached some areas.

So now you can rest easy knowing that your mattress is clean and cared for – just be careful with it and you’ll discover it’s not nearly as daunting as you may have thought.

A clean bed means more than washing your sheets and pillowcases.

Hi, where can I buy hydrogen peroxide from and what type do I need to use?

If you use Dawn dish detergent does it not make a blue stain?

Cleaning stains off your mattress may seem like an unpleasant task, but here are some tips that will help you clean a variety of stains. Be sure to check any instructions on your mattress tags – including any wash symbols – before you begin, and do not apply too much water or mattress stain remover to your mattress.

Turn and/or flip your mattress so it will wear evenly, do this at the turn of every season and rotate clockwise.  My husband  and I have about 100 lbs difference between us, so rotating the mattress means we prolong the life of the mattress and even out the wear.  It takes a grand total of 45 seconds to do.

A few websites suggested white vinegar, but the smell is still lingering. I have tried with baking soda, but it doesn’t seem to help.

Also it’s important to note that many mattress manufacturers strongly recommend using a mattress protector – because stains on your mattress will void your warranty.  If you gagged at the thought of a gross mattress, you should also check out our pillow cleaning post and video.

Oh my god. The peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap have left a yellow ring where the wetness of it ends 😫😫😫 This is a $1000 mattress that needs to be returned. Help! How do I get the yellow ring off???

Use fans to dry the mattress so if that mattress gets wet, use fans to assist in dry time and if you have access to a wet dry vac, use that to help extract moisture.  Don’t think about sleeping on mattresses until they are completely dry.

Hi Ive just had a lodger move out and my love king size expensive mattress stinks of urine ( not happy ) I have no idea how long it’s bed. There help !!!

I’m glad you tried and liked it, Leah!

I really don’t know how hydrogen peroxide interacts with essential oils, so I think I’d wait and do it with baking soda afterward.

Considering that the average person spends roughly a third of their lives sleeping, mattress cleaning is a necessary ritual. Although admittedly awkward and time-consuming, following this step-by-step procedure can make the task less daunting.

Gave some very helpful information and will use them. The background music was very annoying and not necessary.

We’ve been asked about how to deal with bedbugs.  This is a serious issue and should not be a DIY project.  Act fast and call a professional.  Have them treat your mattress, room and any other affected areas of the house immediately.  If you get – them you want them gone, and these guys know how to do it.

If it’s not too late, I’d encourage you to do that before trying the laundry detergent paste. 🙂

No water on your mattress – mattresses really don’t like water, and memory foam mattresses can’t actually handle liquids at all.  With memory foam or Tempurpedic mattresses,  liquid gets trapped in the cellular structure and has nowhere to go.  On that note, never, ever get your memory foam mattress wet.  If you need to spot clean, be super stingy with the liquid and blot like a mad man or woman.

Thank you for the kind words, Linda! I’m crazy about my new puppy and two cranky old cats. Life is just so much happier when you share it with furry friends. 🙂

The hydrogen peroxide paste will get rid of those.

Ammonia is a household cleaning product. You can find it in the cleaning aisle of most grocery stores.

Vacuuming from several directions using an upholstery attachment should take care of that.

Will that work on horrible colored drink stains that’s been set in?

How to clean a matress

Great. This works wonders!!! My jaw dropped to the ground then I dropped to my mattress!! Could not believe the difference. Thank you thank you thank you!

I really don’t know, Melissa. The presqueezed lemon juice you’d mentioned using in a previous comment, presumably from someone else’s tip, most likely contains food dyes. The hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and table salt paste in my article has worked for everyone else — but it’s not designed to get out food dyes. I’m not sure what your best solution is at this point.

5. Cover & Protect : If you don’t have a mattress cover , now is a good time to pick one up. They are an important line of defense against future dirt and stains, and can be thrown into the washing machine on a regular basis.

Thank you so much for the tip!! I’m still in awe- took no time at all, had all ingredients on hand and my mattress looks brand new!! Thank you!!

4. Air it Out : Perhaps the best thing for your mattress is fresh air and UV sunlight. Not everyone will be able to haul their mattress down the stairs and into the backyard (hi city folk!) but if you can, it’s a great way to naturally eliminate bacteria. Plus you'll get extra household Brownie points for cleanliness.

I though most people used a mattress pad. I have used one all my life. On every bed. And I wash them in hot water with soap and bleach at least twice a year, along with my pillow protectors. And I usually do this on a sunny day when I can hang them outside to dry.

Any suggestions if you don’t own a vacuum? I realize that sounds odd, but our house has all wood or tile floors. Our vacuum was old and not useful for sweeping those types of floors (unless I liked scratching up the wood!) so I gave it to a friend who needed one.

Great tips! thanks for sharing. This by far is one of the most detailed guide I’ve read. I personally do these steps myself too and I can guarantee this works well. Have you tried using baking soda? it works wonders!

Would a little vinegar on a cloth help with the soap crust? Vinegar is my go*to.