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Let’s be honest – it has happened to many, if not to all of us. Maybe you’ve had a bad case of food poisoning or caught the seasonal flu, whatever the case may be – cleaning sick off a mattress is not pleasant, and not as easy as you may think. You wouldn’t be able to simply throw it in the washing machine, just like you would with the other victims – sheets, throws, and pillowcases. So, waste no time, and continue reading to find out how to get sick out of a mattress.
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Before we start looking at how to tackle the problem, you will need certain tools. Here is what you’ll need to clean sick off a mattress:
Washing clothing, sheets, other bedding, and even rugs is rather easy. When it comes to mattresses, on the other hand, it can get a bit tricky. You will need to put extra effort into cleaning in order to avoid potential long-lasting odours and marks. Good thing is, you can easily complete the task using only products, commonly found in every home. This way, you will exclude the use of strong chemicals and ensure that the job gets done in a safe and eco-friendly manner.
The first thing you will need to do is remove any wet solids from the mattress. Make sure you act as quickly as possible, as liquids can easily get their way in, deep into the mattress, making it even more difficult to remove later on.
Start by putting gloves on – vomit contains high levels of acidic fluids, bacteria, and germs. Then, proceed by scraping most of the solids off the surface with a dustpan and binning them into a plastic bag. After completing this step, make sure you wash the dustpan thoroughly. A great alternative to the dustpan is paper plates, however, remember to bin everything into a plastic bag, which should be tightly tied afterwards.
Next, remove all bedding, such as pillow covers, sheets, blankets, and comforters and throw them in the washing machine. The appliance should be set at the highest temperature possible, or, in case the bed items have different washing requirements, add an extra washing cycle to kill all potential bacteria.
If any fluid has gone through your pillowcases, don’t rush to throw them away. Many pillows, such as latex and memory foam pillows, can be hand washed with lukewarm water and laundry detergent. Furthermore, in case your pillows have zippers, you will be able to take out the filling material, hand wash it, and leave it to air out.
Now that you’ve removed all of the solids and put the bedding items in the washing machine, you will need to remove as much of the remaining liquid as possible. You can use any old rags, paper towels, or dry clothes that you are planning to get rid of.
Repeat the process until there is no fluid left on the surface.
After you have blotted away all possible remaining liquid, it’s time to remove the stain. There are two ways to complete the task using home products – you can either use a soap solution or a vinegar one.
The dish soap solution does magic – it removes unpleasant odours and tends to easily break up oil particles. To get a soap solution, you will need to mix one part of dish soap with three parts of warm water in a spraying bottle. Spray a cloth or a rag until soaked in the solution, and blot the area well until the stain disappears.
Similarly, when making a vinegar solution, you will need to mix one part white vinegar and three parts water into a spraying bottle. Again, soak a rag or cloth, and pat the stained surface until all visible remains are removed. Once finished, have a well-deserved rest, and allow the area to dry for 6 to 8 hours.
Now that you’ve dealt with the stain, you will need to move on to the next step – disinfection of the area. Sometimes, no matter how many hours you spend cleaning your mattress, there will be bacteria left. But no need to worry. You can effortlessly prevent this from happening with one easy step. Once your mattress dries out, apply rubbing alcohol or hand sanitiser to the affected area. This will, without a doubt, kill any stubborn germs and bacteria.
Making sure the mattress is entirely dry is essential, as excess moisture can lead to mould. So, what you need to do is leave your mattress in a ventilated room for 8 to 9 hours. For this to work, you will need to either have your windows open or use a fan, placed facing the damp area. Alternatively, you can also use a hairdryer that is set on cold.
And you’re probably thinking that cleaning vomit stains from a memory foam mattress requires even more effort. And it will probably come as a surprise, but it’s actually no different from cleaning a regular one. Just follow the above-mentioned steps, and you will achieve the expected result. However, something to keep in mind is that memory foam mattresses tend to soak liquid much faster than regular ones. Thus, you will need to act quicker, or your mattress will be permanently damaged.
Once you’re done cleaning the mattress, you will want to remove all unpleasant odours. Here are a few ideas how to tackle the problem:
A great way to prevent the impact of accidents and extend the life of your mattress is by purchasing a mattress protector. It will act as a top layer of protection against all types of stains, and in case there is an undesirable event, you can simply throw it in the washing machine for a wash.
Cleaning your mattress is, without a doubt, a time-consuming and exhausting process. Instead of having no choice and having to do all the dirty work yourself, let the professionals take care of the problem instead. Head over to our booking form and schedule a mattress cleaning service! It will only take a few minutes of your time!
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