How to Clean an Inflatable Mattress


How to Clean an Aerobed or Blow Up Mattress

An inflatable mattress makes a great addition to any household—whether you decide to take one camping, use it to plump up a futon cushion, or just keep one around for unexpected guests. But what do you do when your mattress is caked with mud from your spring camping trip, your cat decides to pee on it, or your house guest spills spaghetti?

Clean Out a Stain on a Blow up or Inflatable Mattress

The following guide will help you to clean any stain from your air inflatable mattress.

  1. Clean any stains as soon as possible. Fresh stains are easier to remove than stains that have set in.
  2. Identify the material. What the mattress is made of will determine how it can be cleaned. Is your bed made of PVC, velor, suede, vinyl, fabric, or a combination?
  3. Identify the stain. You will need to know what you are removing before you can find the best solution to do so.
  4. Remove any excess stain. Blot liquid stains with a clean white cloth or paper towel. Do not rub. Scrap off solid stains (such as mud) with a dull knife or spatula.
  5. Is your air mattress machine washable? If so, then you can toss it into the washing machine with a mild detergent, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Determine how extensive the stain is. Does it involve dirt, dust, or mold that could be cleaned with a surface cleaning? If so, spray the mattress with a soap-and-water or vinegar-and-water solution, use a sponge to remove the debris, and then remove any residue with water. Since cleansers can alter fabrics, test first at an inconspicuous area, such as a seam.If the stain is persistent or ground-in, repeat the process but use a soft-bristled brush instead of a sponge.
  7. If you can go outside, rinse the mattress with a garden hose. Otherwise, rinse the mattress in a shower.
  8. Stand the inflatable mattress on its side and allow it to air dry. Do not place in the dryer unless the manufacturer’s instructions state this method is acceptable.

Start with mild soaps (like vinegar and water) and if they don’t do the job, then try something stronger. Doing this will help prevent discoloration. Diluted peroxide seems to work well if there are urine stains.

Make sure the mattress dries properly so that you do not get mold. If you get mold, then you’ll need to use some diluted bleach to make sure it’s completely removed.

How to Clean Urine Out of a Blowup Mattress

First, get a dry cloth or towel and blot the area where the urine is. Do not rub the area as that may just drive the stain in further.

Next, put baking soda on the stained area to help absorb the rest of it.

Next, remove the baking soda after several minutes (10 minutes should be fine).

Create a mixture of vinegar and water – go with 1 part vinegar to 1 part water (so a 50/50 mix). Use a paper towel and rub the mixture into the stained area.

Let that sit another few minutes and then blot the moisture away with a paper towel or dry cloth.

Put baking soda on the area again and let it sit there several hours.

Later, vacuum up the baking soda and let the air mattress air out. Let it sit outside if possible.


We hop these tips helped you. If you still cannot get it clean, then try other cleaners or else get some professional help at a dry cleaner.

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