It’s a problem that not many people think about, until it happens to them. What do you do if your child or pet vomits on your mattress? And the even better question: what if that mattress is all memory foam, like a Spirit Sleep brand mattress?
1. First, remove the cover if possible, and wash it in the washing machine. If the cover is not removable (on the premium models), then continue cleaning with one of the ideas below
2. After removing the solids and as much of the liquid as possible, start with a counter cleaner (without dyes) and try to spray and blot out as much of the stain as possible. Follow with a lot of antibacterial spray (such as Lysol), and let it dry. Sprinkle baking soda and let it sit for a few days, then vacuum it off. Finally, let it sit in the sun with no sheets on to air it out and try to get the last bit of smell out.
3. If you’re concerned about using harsh chemicals, try hydrogen peroxide, blotting when it bubbles, or seltzer water.
4. Use an enzyme cleaner (found in pet stores where the house training pads are), they break down proteins and can take out the smell.
5. After cleaning, if the smell still remains, you can try fabric refresher, if the cover was not able to be removed.
6. Spray vinegar on the area and blot, several times to get the smell and stain out.
7. Put OxyClean and hot water into a spray bottle, and spray and blot.
The main thing to remember is to only soak the mattress as much as you have to, and to blot, not rub. Memory foam like that in Spirit Sleep beds don’t absorb like a kitchen sponge, they are too dense for that. Also, make sure that the mattress is completely dry before putting sheets back on. I would recommend putting it outside in the sun, regardless if it still smells or not. This will warm up the memory foam, and get rid of the residual moisture.
Many of these recommendations also work for urine – especially the enzyme cleaner tip. Of course, if you just spill your morning cup of coffee, you can use these ideas also.
The most important thing to remember for next time: cover all of your mattresses with a waterproof mattress protector. Modern protectors don’t feel like plastic sheeting, and are breathable so that you won’t sleep hot. Then, the next time that this happens (and there will be a next time), you will just have to take the sheets, comforter, and mattress protector over to the washing machine, and push the on button. I have one on each of the beds in my house (including my own and the guest room that’s never used), because I never want to run the risk of ruining a $1000 mattress by not putting a $50 protector on it.