When you have those overly grueling days at the office or when your kids take up all of your "you time," the only thing you want to do at the end of the day is crawl into bed. Sometimes even sparing just a couple minutes to wash off your makeup is too much. In these cases, you've probably woken up to a big beige spot -- or rainbow colored spot if you wear eye shadow --on your pillow.
While you can quickly change your pillow case and toss your entire pillow into the washing machine to remove the makeup, getting yesterday's face off your mattress isn't as easy. With a few simple steps though, you can get that makeup off your mattress and get it back to its showroom condition.
Step 1: Initial Stain Blotting
What You'll Need
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Small spray bottle
- Old rag
Add equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water to your spray bottle. Don't fill it; you only need enough for a few squirts. Hydrogen peroxide can discolor your mattress since it is a bleaching agent. By diluting it, you might be able to lessen any discoloration problems.
Spray your mixture over the stain and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. Squirt a few sprays of the mixture onto your rag and gently blot up the mess. Avoid any urges to scrub the stain; this will only make it dig in deeper. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.
Repeat this process several times as needed to loosen up the stain. For stuck-on stains, make a stronger solution of three parts hydrogen peroxide and one part water. Or you can use straight hydrogen peroxide after you've tested the fabric for discoloration.
Step 2: Final Stain Removal
What You'll Need
- Dry borax powder (sodium borate)
- Soft toothbrush
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baking soda
Bring back your spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide and lightly mist the makeup stain on your mattress. Sprinkle dry borax powder over the area and let it sit for about five minutes.
Grab a soft toothbrush and use that to scrub out the stain. Use a circular motion and be gentle to avoid snagging or tearing your mattress. If the powder is too dry, apply a few more spritzes of the hydrogen peroxide mixture. The stuck-on makeup should lift away.
Vacuum up the borax powder with your vacuum cleaner. Your mattress should be as good as new, although it might be a little stinky from the hydrogen peroxide and borax powder. Sprinkle the spot with baking soda and let it rest for at least half an hour to get rid of those smells. Vacuum up the baking soda after the allotted time frame.
Allow your mattress to dry thoroughly before making it. Wet spots can lead to mold and mildew growth. Set up a fan nearby or open up your drapes to let the sun come in to speed up the drying process.
If you think it's time for a new mattress, contact Land Of Sleep, a reputable dealer in your area.