How to Clean a Pillow Top Mattress

Are you tossing and turning at night, not because of a bad night’s sleep, but because of profuse odors coming from your stained, pillow top mattress? Didn’t think there was a solution to cleaning that pillow top without ruining it? Well, have no fear, because there are several quick and simple ways to not only gauge those odors or stains, but make it appear that they were never there to begin with.

The Baking Soda Remedy

Using baking soda can definitely remove any odor from your pillow top mattress. Gently sprinkle it over the entire mattress, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then use a hand held vacuum to remove the dust and baking soda. Flip your mattress around, and repeat. This should help remove any unpleasant odors. Also, consider spraying it with Febreeze, a special fragrant spray that actually helps diminish odors.

Removing a Stain

The best way to remove a soaked in stain would be to mix a little detergent with water, and scrub the stained area. Also, a mild soap mixed with water can also help. There’s also a product on the market called Resolve that allows you to target the stained area with a foam substance, let it soak in and do it’s magic, then continue to scrub the stain away. Remember, after successfully removing most of the stain, blot the wet area with some dry towels to help absorb the dampness. You may also want to dry the wet area with a blow-dryer to soak up additional dampness.

Steam Clean the Area

Steam cleaning is almost a sure way to remove both stains and odors, with minimal abuse or harm to the fabric on your pillow top mattress. Whether you own a steam cleaner, or you must rent one, the stained area should be vacuumed with quick sweeps or passes over the area. The area shouldn’t really be that damp once cleaned, but to further help the drying process, use the blow-dryer on the area for a few minutes.

Cover it for Protection

The best way to protect your pillow top mattress would be to invest in a mattress cover. Not only does it protect your investment, it can be easily removed and washed when needed. It also acts as a barrier if there should be any mishaps in the future that lead to staining or odors. The smells are less likely to soak into the mattress, only the mattress cover.

So next time you are faced with sleepless nights due to a stinky or stained mattress, remember to use baking soda to remove odors, detergent mixed with water to remove the stains, and steam clean to make the mattress appear new again. Also, consider keeping the mattress covered with a mattress cover for optimal results and protection.

These are just some quick and simple solutions on how to clean a pillow top mattress so that you may get many years of enjoyment out of your investment, stain and odor free!

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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