How to get old stains out of a mattress

A stain in a mattress doesn’t have to remain until you get a new mattress and it’s not an excuse to slash out on something from Tempur or Silentnight or one of their rivals. If you follow these handy tips, you’ll be able to get rid of the stains that have been there for a while.



You can of course opt for a professional clean. That’s your most expensive option. You’ll need to shop around for a good price and even when you pick one, you should take time to find out what chemicals they’ll be using to remove the stain. Ask what side effects the chemicals can have. You have the right to know so make sure you don’t cower away from asking that question.

Salt and soda

You’re probably reading this because you would like to do it yourself. That’s a good idea as you can remove most stains without too much effort as long as you know what you’re doing. You’ll need salt and club soda to use the method we’re going to describe to you. It’s simple and yet highly effective. Firstly you wet the satin with the club soda. Then you gently work that into the fabric. Cover the affected area with the table salt and then allow it to sit for at least two hours. You’ll notice the salt change colour as it absorbs the stain. If this technique doesn’t work, try the following.

Soap and water

The most traditional way of doing this is also one of the best. Make sure you get to the stain quickly if you’re only armed with soap and water. Scrub the stain with soapy water until it’s removed, then dab the wet stain with a towel to remove the wetness and the stain. If that works, you’ll now face the issue of drying the mattress. If you’re doing this in the summer months, lay it out in the sun. If not, you might need to consider using an industrial vacuum which you could hire.

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