The Best Ways To Clean Your Mattress

Whether you have a late-night snacking addiction, your kiddo had a midnight accident or your fur baby mistook your bed for the litter box, stains happen. Sometimes your quick wits and cat-like reflexes will mean that a mess is cleaned up easily by a quick wash of your sheets. Other times… you’re asleep and don’t notice the mess until a few hours later and you're left needing to know exactly how to clean a mattress. For times like these, there are a few different ways to clean your mattress. Depending on your type of mattress, you’ll want to use different methods to clean.

If you're one of the panicking sleepers searching "how to clean urine from mattress" or "how to get blood out of mattress," listen up! We've been there, and we know exactly how to fix it.


Mattresses made with inner springs typically have fairly durable cover fabrics, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t stain. Below you’ll find solutions, but before you go looking in your cleaning supply cupboard, please keep in mind that different products work for different stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect for loosening the bonds that typically form between fabrics and the proteins found in all bodily fluids. Gently dab the spot with a clean, white cloth while the hydrogen peroxide is still foaming. After you’ve gotten most of the stain out, blot the spot again with some cool water. Always be sure to air dry the mattress before you put your sheets back on!

Lemon and Salt

This solution is great because these are two ingredients that are often on-hand. This will also be a natural deodorizer. Make a paste with some salt and a little bit of lemon juice and leave on the stain for anywhere between a half an hour to an hour (the perfect amount of time to wash your sheets). Wipe off the salt with a clean, damp towel afterward and be sure it let the area dry completely before you put those fresh, clean sheets back on!


For foam mattresses, such as Tuft & Needle, you’ll want to treat stains a bit differently. This is because foams, memory foam, latex or even T&N Adaptive® Foam, are super absorbent—just like big sponges. Also, most of the time their mattress covers are made of softer material.

For any large spills or stains, you’ll want to immediately blot the spots with clean, dry rags or paper towels to get as much of the liquid out as possible. Repeat this as many times as necessary. If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum, you can also use this to remove a lot of the water.

Mattress Covers

The Tuft & Needle Mattress cover is made of a super soft micro polymide/polyester blend. It is recommended that you spot clean any stains on the cover with a mild detergent and water. Gently dab, rather than rub, at the spot and allow to completely air dry before putting your sheets back on and sleeping on the mattress. The T&N Mattress Cover is not made to be removable and should not be taken off the mattress.

Baking Soda

If the spill has an odor attached to it, sprinkling baking soda over the area can help significantly reduce any smells while also helping absorb any lasting liquids. Simply vacuum up the baking soda using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum after letting it sit. Remember to always use the upholstery attachment as it will lessen the suction so that it won’t pull, snag or rip the cover fabric.


Baking soda is also a great option for maintaining your mattress’ cleanliness. A clean mattress can help you sleep better, keep the sleep environment pleasant and could potentially help with your mattress’ longevity.

Take advantage of laundry day, or even an overnight stay somewhere, and using the upholstery attachment, vacuum your mattress without sheets on to get any initial dust or remnants of that midnight snack from last week. Then, with your mattress cover in place, coat your mattress in a light layer of baking soda and let it sit for up to 24 hours. Then simply vacuum up the baking soda, again with the upholstery attachment.

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Breanne DeMore
Breanne DeMore

Breanne DeMore focuses on content development at Tuft & Needle, an ecommerce mattress company with a focus on the customer and employee experience. She started her career as a journalist, covering various subjects including weddings, entertainment, women’s lifestyle and the beverage industry. After sleeping on a Tuft & Needle mattress for only two weeks, Breanne sought to join the company from College Times, a local Phoenix magazine, where she served as the editor-in-chief. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Pepperdine University, and now lives in Phoenix with her husband and the occasional glass of rosé.

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