How to Clean a Mattress

How to clean a mattress - several techniques that work well, and can be used to remove stains and keep your mattress fresh.


General steps

  1. Vacuum the mattress. This helps to keep it clean by the sheer fact that when it does get wet, there is less matter in the dirt to cause it to stain.
  2. If the surface does get soiled or dirty, try using an upholstery cleaner. Since they are made for surfaces that touch your skin (e.g. your couch), then, unless you are extremely sensitive to cleaners in general, it should work. It also has the advantage of removing dust mites and their refuse.
  3. Use enzyme cleaners. Enzymes cleaners are effective in breaking down the 'structure' of the stains which helps to lessen them.

For unidentified mattress stains

  1. Spray it with a citrus type cleaner and let it set for about five minutes. Afterward, blot (don't rub) as much of the cleaner out as you can using a clean, white, absorbent cloth. A mild dish detergent can also be used.

Blood stains

  1. Try using hydrogen peroxide to help with the removal of blood stains. Blot it while it is bubbling. This may not remove all the stain, but will help to lessen it. Be sure to blot it with a clean, white, dry cloth.

Cigarette odor removal

  1. Using the same process as above, apply it to the entire mattress, one section at a time.
  2. Launder your linen even more often than you would on an ordinary basis. This will help keep the odor from being so pervasive.

Mold and mildew removal

  1. Give your mattresses a 'suntan'. These types of stains are caused by too much moisture. Try taking your mattress outside on a bright, sunny day and let the sun dry it out. Try to remove the excess mold and mildew by wiping it off or sweeping it off.

Urine stains and odor

  1. Blot the excess fluid as much as possible.
  2. Using the oxy-clean type cleaners, or those that say they remove the stains (of which there are many), spray the stain and methodically blot it.
  3. Once dry, shake baking soda over it, let it set over night and vacuum it the next day.

Removing stains caused by colored drinks.

  1. Although impossible to remove entirely, you can alleviate the degree of the stain by using citrus cleaner and/or vinegar to lessen it.
  2. Many drink stains are soluble in isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Alcohol will also carry the stain further, so blot with a clean absorbent cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol, rather than pouring it on the stain.
  3. Mattress manufacturers and dry cleaners will also have information on removing stains, or provide a service for a fee.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Old Forge bedding company expands

Published: December 22, 2009

OLD FORGE - A manufacturer of beds is doubling capacity and expects to increase staffing by about 30 percent in the coming months.

Recently signing agreements with Therapedic Sleep Products and Spring Air, Pennsylvania Bedding now has access to larger markets and plans to continue to expand, President William Spudis said.

"We went from a tiny King Koil operation to the larger Spring Air licensee," Mr. Spudis, 54, of Yatesville, added. "We just went though a major expansion in our factory; we just doubled our capacity."

An agreement with King Koil ends this year. Under agreements with Therapedic and Spring Air, Pennsylvania Bedding can sell mattresses in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

"This has given us great opportunity for the future," said Scott Wallis, Pennsylvania Bedding sales manager.

Pennsylvania Bedding has 52 employees, and it has operated at 301 First St. for 25 years in an 87,000-square-foot former garment plant.

The company, which also stores raw material in a 30,000-square-foot warehouse, put $700,000 toward the expansion, buying equipment made only in the United States.

"We're going to increase our employee count right now and actively recruit people to work in our factory and in sales," Mr. Spudis said.

Computer-driven machines at the plant can create a design based upon a digitally scanned image. In less than three days, Pennsylvania Bedding can get products to customer stores.

"It's an extremely competitive business," Mr. Spudis said. "You have to carve a niche. We try to make good quality products and associate it with a national brand."

Contact the writer: jmrozinski@timesshamrock. com

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