What to Know
Most commercially manufactured mattresses come with a stain guard to protect the exterior, but they still require diligent care. So first for mattress care: Rotate your mattress every three months (top to toe and side to side) to distribute the wear evenly. This is usually also a good time to vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment. Additionally, consider a mattress pad -- this machine-washable layer slips snugly over the mattress to protect it from stains and spills.
How to Make (and Use) Stain Remover
If a spill does occur, work fast. Beware of using dry-cleaning fluid -- the chemicals can damage some of the construction materials in your mattress. You can apply warm water with an eyedropper to the area; then apply a small amount of mild detergent or baby shampoo with a soft clean toothbrush; sponge the area thoroughly with warm water; and blot dry with a clean, color-safe towel. For stains on mattress pads and toppers, the treatment depends on the material. Wool or fleece should be treated using a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water and then air-dried completely, in sunlight if possible. Egg crate should be treated with warm water and mild detergent. And memory foam should be treated by hand-washing the topper in warm water with a mild detergent.
Once your stain is treated, all that's left is to make the bed! Watch Martha make the comfiest bed for a perfect night's sleep: