The mattress can gather mold and develop bad odors. See how to clean the mattress properly, how to get rid of mites and odors, dangerous bacteria and molds.
The vacuum removes dust from mattress
Before you wash the mattress stains, you must get rid of dust and fine particles of food waste (yes, we know that you crunched chips at the film and ate biscuits watching soap opera), odor, smoke, etc.
Vacuum the mattress, if possible on both sides, to extract all the dust and fine particles that can cause allergies.
Get rid of the stains on the mattress
If the mattress was stained with blood or urine, you need an organic detergent, which can decompose proteins or uric acid in the fabric.
Do not use hot water to remove organic stains because high temperature can cause the stain to enter more deeply into the fabric.
Mix one part water with two parts cold sodium bicarbonate and dab the stain. After rinsing, allow to dry well, or use a hairdryer to make sure that no moisture remains in the mattress.
Urine stains and odors are removed with baking soda, vinegar and water, but an all-surfaces detergent with baking soda and citrus aroma can be very useful.
Get rid of mildew stains
If your mattress was wet and moldy too long, you have to let a few days to dry in the sun. You can speed up the process with an air heater or hairdryer, but be very careful not to overheat the fabric.
Mix alcohol with warm water and use a sprayer over the surface. Leave to dry then use a disinfectant like rubbing alcohol mixed with water.
See below a video tutorial on how to properly clean the mattress.