Sweat stains on a mattress can be unsightly and embarrassing, so it is very important to know how to remove these stains. Here are the most effective ways to remove sweat stains from mattresses:
How to remove sweat stains from a mattress?
Using spray vinegar and a baking soda mixture
This method is very effective in lifting out any dirt, grime, as well as sweat stains from your mattress. It also gets rid of bad odors on the fabric of the mattress, such as mildew and urine odors, which is a big plus.
However, this method can be a bit more labor-intensive as you will have to scrub a couple of times for the sweat stains to come out completely from the mattress fabric. Follow the steps below to get rid of any stain, especially sweat on your mattress.
- Spray or pour a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water on the mattress.
- Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes.
- With a soft bristle brush or toothbrush, scrub the affected areas to loosen up dirt and grime as well as lift out the sweat stains from the fabric.
- Rinse with clear water.
- Mix hydrogen peroxide and detergent solution together in a bowl or bucket.
- Dip a soft bristle brush or toothbrush into the solution and scrub the affected areas of the mattress to lift out dirt and grime as well as sweat stains.
- Rinse with clear water.
- Let the mattress dry and enjoy a clean and sweat-stain-free mattress!
Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Detergent Solution
Using hydrogen peroxide and detergent solutions to remove sweat stains from a mattress is very effective. However, you need to thoroughly rinse the affected areas after scrubbing to get the mixture to come off completely, as hydrogen peroxide may lead to bleaching of fabric if left on too long.
- Mix hydrogen peroxide (3%) with water in a spray bottle.
- Fill the reservoir of the steam cleaner with this diluted hydrogen peroxide solution.
- Spray it on the stained areas, leave it for about ten minutes, and then wipe clean using a damp cloth or sponge.
- After that, use plain water to rinse the area and let it dry.
Using baking soda
Using baking soda is a great ingredient that doesn’t only absorb sweat but also kills bacteria that cause an unpleasant smell. Thus, by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda on the stained areas, you can easily remove sweat stains from the mattress.
- Mix water and baking powder in a spray bottle to make a baking soda solution.
- Spray this solution on the stained areas and let it stay for about 5 minutes.
- Use a damp cloth or sponge to scrub off the mixture, followed by thorough rinsing with water. Next, use your steam cleaner to remove any remaining baking soda crystals.
Using a meat tenderizer
This is yet another effective method of removing sweat stains from mattresses. Meat tenderizer contains an enzyme called protease that breaks down proteins. Therefore, it easily breaks down sweat-activated protein in the fabric, leading to the removal of stubborn sweat stains.
- Soak a cloth or sponge in water mixed with a meat tenderizer.
- Scrub off the meat tenderizer solution on sweat stains using this cloth or sponge.
- Follow it up with a thorough rinsing and then drying of the affected area.
Using Steam Clean.
This method works best in removing dirt and grime but sweat stains will need a bit more elbow grease. In this method, a truck-mounted steam cleaner is the equipment of choice.
- First vacuum-clean the mattress thoroughly to remove most dirt and dust particles.
- Take off pillow covers and apply soapy water over the entire surface of the mattress using a light brush or scotch bright pad. You can also use a non-abrasive scrubbing brush and a mixture of water and mild detergent.
- Cover the mattress completely with a plastic sheet and let it soak for about an hour. This will help loosen dirt and stains from the surface of the mattress.
- After one hour, remove the plastic sheet coverings.
- Attach a steam hose to the truck-mount cleaner with a high-pressure nozzle attached to it.
- Fill the tank with water and set the pressure to maximum. This will help to produce more steam from the nozzle.
- Turn on the steamer, hold it about 5 inches from the mattress surface, and spray thoroughly over the entire mattress to loosen dirt particles.
- Once the whole surface of the mattress has been covered for about 10 seconds, turn off the hose or use a push stick to steam the deeper fibers of the mattress. This will loosen dirt trapped in these areas.
- If you still think that stains are not fully removed, repeat the process at greater pressure levels. Use a soft brush to agitate stubborn stains and use hot water (do not add detergent this time) to help remove sweat residue from the surface of the mattress.
- Once you are satisfied with the results, vacuum-clean the mattress using a vacuum cleaner fitted with an upholstery tool to suck out dirt and moisture from the surface of the mattress.
Making your own product
Make your product: The simplest way to use these common household chemicals to clean and remove stains in your home is to make a paste out of them by mixing baking soda and white vinegar with a little water.
- Mix 1/2 cup each of baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl.
- Now pour in 2 cups of water and mix thoroughly until you get a uniform solution.
- Spray this solution on the stained area of the mattress and rub it using a scrubbing brush, working from the center to the edges of the stain.
- Leave this for about 30 minutes or until you notice that the majority of dry dirt or stains have been removed.
- Now take warm water (a few desired drops of mild detergent can help, but make sure to use only unscented detergent) in a spray bottle.
- Spray the entire surface of the mattress and wipe it using a terry cloth or any soft cotton towel.
As discussed above, there are various effective methods that you can use to remove sweat stains from mattresses. To ensure optimal results, you need to clean the mattress at regular intervals. Moreover, it is good practice to vacuum your mattress regularly as well.
How to Prevent Sweat Stains on Mattress?
Preventing sweat stains from mattresses is easier than removing them. If you are dealing with a sweaty mattress, use these simple steps to keep your mattress safe and clean.
- Read the care label on the mattress before cleaning it.
- Vacuum your mattress regularly using an upholstery attachment to remove dust and debris that can cause mattress stains.
- Avoid direct spills on the mattress by keeping your drinks and food away from the bed.
- For small, simple sweat stains, use a white towel to blot the affected area of the mattress; for greasy or oily stains, let the area dry completely before wiping it with a white towel.
- Soak up sweat stains with a towel before putting them in the machine.
- Pour one cup of white distilled vinegar on the pre-soaked area and let it stay overnight or for about six hours before washing the mattress again with hot water. Then dry your mattress thoroughly after washing it.
- If the sweat stains persist after following all the steps, you can make use of commercial cleaning products for mattresses like ProClean mattress cleaner.
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Mattress stains are a common problem for people, but they’re not hard to remove. The best way to prevent these stains is by following the steps outlined in this article, as well as avoiding spills and keeping your mattress clean with regular vacuuming.
Using hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar can also help you get rid of sweat stains on mattresses that have been around for more than a day before washing them again with hot water.
If all else fails, there are plenty of commercial cleaners sold online that will do just fine for cleaning up those pesky sweat marks on your mattress. Good Luck!