Breakfast in bed seemed like a good idea—until you overturned the cereal bowl and made a huge mess. Here’s how to rescue your mattress from certain death.
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No matter what size mattress you have, it’s not going to fit in your washing machine, so you need to clean it where it stands. Strip the sheets and immediately blot up all the liquid you can with some thick towels. A Shop-Vac or handheld shampooer with a water extractor attachment is great for sucking out liquid trapped deep in the bed.
If that doesn’t work, housekeeping blog Home Ec 101 has an idea for a last-ditch effort:
As a last resort, for a mattress that is no longer under warranty, consider steam cleaning, but approach the job with care, try not to get the mattress too wet, and remove as much moisture as possible with the unit. Allow the mattress to dry fully before replacing the mattress pad.
Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so once the ordeal is over, invest in a good mattress pad to protect your bed from future mishaps. Hit up the post for more tips on caring for your mattress and ways to keep it ship-shape year-round.
Do you incorporate mattress care in your monthly housekeeping routine or do you change the sheets and forget about it? Talk about it in the comments.
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