Whether it’s caused by illness, food poisoning, or just a wild night out, your mattress is bound to cop some spew at some point. Addressing the issue promptly will help prevent stains, odours, and potential health hazards. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to effectively clean vomit off a mattress.
The key to minimising stains and odours is to act quickly. The longer vomit sits on the mattress, the more difficult it becomes to clean entirely. While it’s gross to deal with and extra unpleasant when you’re not feeling well, you’ll come to regret putting it off. Be sure to open the windows in the room to improve ventilation before you begin the cleaning process.
Step 1: Remove Solid Debris
Using a plastic bag or disposable paper towels, gently scoop up and dispose of any solid debris. Be careful not to press the vomit further into the mattress fibers.
Step 2: Blot, Don’t Rub
Avoid rubbing the vomit stain, as this can push it deeper into the mattress. Instead, gently blot the area with clean, absorbent cloths or paper towels to soak up as much liquid as possible. Continue blotting until there is minimal moisture left on the mattress.
Step 3: Make a Cleaning Solution
Create a cleaning solution of water and dishwashing liquid. Before applying the cleaning solution to the vomit stain, test it in a small, inconspicuous area of the mattress to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage.
Step 4: Clean the Vomit Stain
Using a clean cloth or sponge, gently dab the cleaning solution onto the vomit stain. Work from the outer edges of the stain towards the center to prevent spreading it further. Avoid oversaturating the mattress; a little goes a long way.
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat
After cleaning the stain, use a separate damp cloth to wipe away any remaining cleaning solution. Then, blot the area with a dry towel to remove excess moisture. If the stain persists, repeat step 4 until the stain is no longer visible.
Step 6: Deodorise
To neutralise any lingering stank, sprinkle baking soda generously over the affected area. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight if possible. Then use a vacuum cleaner to remove the powder thoroughly. This will leave your mattress smelling fresh and clean.
By following these steps, you can restore your mattress to its vomit-free state, ensuring a comfortable and hygienic sleep. To prevent future incidents, consider investing in a waterproof mattress protector and perhaps a spew bucket.