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How to Clean a Pillowtop Mattress (Stain-Free & Fresh)

Jennifer L. Betts
Spilled wine glass on mattress

Do you know how to clean a pillow top mattress? There are specific steps you can take when it comes to cleaning your pillow top mattress. Learn the tips and tricks for getting your pillow top mattress clean from pet urine and other stains.

How to Clean a Pillow Top Mattress

It's important to give your mattress some tender love and care once and a while. To give your mattress a routine cleaning, you need:

  • Vacuum with a bristle brush attachment

  • Baking soda

Cleaning a Pillow Top Mattress

  1. Strip everything off the mattress.

  2. Use the vacuum cleaner to remove any dust and particles in the mattress.

  3. Make sure to hit all the seams and crevices.

  4. To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress.

  5. Allow it to sit for 20-60 minutes.

  6. Vacuum the mattress to remove the baking soda.

How to Remove Sweat Stains From a Pillow Top Mattress

After your routine cleaning, you notice a bit of yellow discoloration or sweat stains on your pillow top mattress. In this case, you need to learn how to deep clean a mattress. For this step, grab:

  • Mild dish soap (Dawn)

  • White vinegar

  • Steam cleaner

  • White cloth

  • Bowl

  • Soft bristle brush

Steps for Removing Discoloration on Pillow Top Mattress

  1. After routine care, in a bowl mix warm water and a few squirts of Dawn.

  2. Dip the white cloth or bristle brush in the soapy water and gently scrub.

  3. Let it sit for up to 20 minutes.

  4. Use a clean, damp cloth to blot up the soap.

  5. For stubborn discoloration, spray the area down with white vinegar.

  6. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes.

  7. Use a clean white towel to soak up the wetness.

  8. Allow the mattress to air dry.

If you have it available, you can choose to steam clean the mattress rather than the soapy water and vinegar method. Simply follow the manufacturer's instructions for steam cleaning.

cleaning pillowtop mattress

How to Remove Stains From a Pillow Top Mattress

A bit of yellowing of your mattress and stains are a whole different beast. When it comes to set in stains on your pillow-top mattress, you'll need to dive deeper into your cleaning arsenal. For removing stains, have these cleaning products on hand.

  • Baking soda

  • White vinegar

  • Upholstery shampoo

  • Soft bristle brush

  • Towel or paper towels

  • Spray bottle

Getting Stains out of a Pillow Top Mattress With Baking Soda

  1. Absorb as much of the stain as you can for a fresh stain.

  2. Add white vinegar to a spray bottle.

  3. Spray the vinegar on the stain.

  4. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

  5. Use the towel or paper towels to pull out as much of the stain as you can.

  6. Create a paste of baking soda and water.

  7. Put it on the stain.

  8. Allow it to dry.

  9. Vacuum up the baking soda.

You can also choose to use a commercial cleaner to remove stains from your pillow top mattress. To do so, follow all the instructions on the bottle.

How to Clean Urine From Mattress With a Pillow Top

Do you need to know how to clean urine off your mattress fast? Unfortunately, pee happens on your pillow top mattress, especially if you have a little one or pet. Removing urine stains from your mattress takes a few steps and cleaning supplies.

  • Spray bottles

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Baking soda

  • Dawn

  • White vinegar

  • Towel

  • Vacuum

Removing Pillow Top Mattress Urine Stains

  1. Remove all sheets and blankets.

  2. Soak up as much of the stain as you can with a clean towel.

  3. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar.

  4. Soak the urine stain.

  5. Blot with a clean towel until dry.

  6. In another spray bottle, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda, a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a teaspoon of Dawn.

  7. Spray down the stain.

  8. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes.

  9. Blot up and reapply as needed.

  10. Once the stain is gone, apply baking soda and allow it to sit overnight.

  11. Vacuum.

How Often to Clean a Pillow Top Mattress

Your pillow top mattress might not look dirty, but it's important to give it some loving attention at least once every six months. You also want to look over the mattress for any stains and yellowing. Tackling these issues sooner rather than later can save you time and money.

Cleaning Your Pillow Top Mattress

It's important to clean your mattress for sanitation purposes and to get rid of odors. Know that you have the skills, it's time to get cleaning your pillow top mattress.

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How to Clean a Pillowtop Mattress (Stain-Free & Fresh)