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Oxy plus takes off sweat stains like a boss, just thought id share i did a mattress with bad sweat stains the other day and oxy plus really faded them out nicely. Customer was happy.


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Is mattress cleaning in the IICRC course's?

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The largest market, easiest work and best results for mattress cleaning is for control of allergens and specifically dust mites.

You can just add on to your carpet cleaning. Ask, "Does anyone in the home suffer from allergies?" If so and dust mites (actually a protein in their feces) is a trigger for those allergic reactions, then explain that for $69 (or whatever) you can add cleaning the mattress to remove and denature these allergens. Maybe include cleaning a path in the carpet around the bed if that is not already included.

Dust mites die rather quickly when the mattress is flipped (No moisture from your body). So, if the reason for cleaning is to get rid of dust mites, then only need to clean the top. Clean both sides, can remove dead skin which serves as food for the dust mites.
So they are pooting in the bed?????:confused::confused::confused::confused:
 
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Never cleaned a customer bed before. My daughter wet her bed a few times so I tried to clean it figuring if the smell don't come out then I'll throw it out. I sprayed the area with acid rinse and let it go while I cleaned other areas. I then pre sprayed it with fine fabric uphol. Cleaner at half the recommended amount. And extracted with acid rinse. Discoloration was gone and so was the smell. I didn't want to use anything stronger then that and don't care much for deodorants. because I don't want her to have an allergic reaction to the detergents.

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Never cleaned one till today lady was going to get rid of it said it cost $1200 for it asked me if i could get it cleaned i told her to sign a waiver that i was not responsible for any damaged.All i had was my pre spray
Prochem all fiber and pro choice red relieve you will see why i hit it with it also use my Wagner steamer cause it had alot of blood stains.like i said before any one criticizes me i had her sign a waiver saying not responsible for any DAMAGES
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and the after
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it was a king charged her $200 was there for 45 min i will be leaving the dripod over night -------the lady was very excited said i saved her a $1000 dollars or more got me another customer cant wait to take this full time


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Nice job, smart to force dry mattress for client.


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Thank you sir the best part of it was she told me that her new mattress will have to wait a couple more years


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Never cleaned one till today lady was going to get rid of it said it cost $1200 for it asked me if i could get it cleaned i told her to sign a waiver that i was not responsible for any damaged.All i had was my pre spray
Prochem all fiber and pro choice red relieve you will see why i hit it with it also use my Wagner steamer cause it had alot of blood stains.like i said before any one criticizes me i had her sign a waiver saying not responsible for any DAMAGES View attachment 30918View attachment 30919View attachment 30920View attachment 30921View attachment 30922and the afterView attachment 30923View attachment 30924View attachment 30925View attachment 30926View attachment 30927it was a king charged her $200 was there for 45 min i will be leaving the dripod over night -------the lady was very excited said i saved her a $1000 dollars or more got me another customer cant wait to take this full time


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Not trying to be a jerk. It looks good. But is there some yellowing going on or is that just shading? Was that there previously, was it the spot where you used the red relief? Again it looks good I am just trying to learn.
 

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Not trying to be a jerk. It looks good. But is there some yellowing going on or is that just shading? Was that there previously, was it the spot where you used the red relief? Again it looks good I am just trying to learn.
Yeah there some yellowing spots thats from guessing a mixture of blood and urine but if you see all the before pics to the after its a big difference especially being my first ever mattress here is another pic of the before
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the whole mattress was soaked in blood and urine those spots are there for life but customer was stocked and thats what matters and no offense taken thats why we are here to learn


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Yeah there some yellowing spots thats from guessing a mixture of blood and urine but if you see all the before pics to the after its a big difference especially being my first ever mattress here is another pic of the beforeView attachment 30933the whole mattress was soaked in blood and urine those spots are there for life but customer was stocked and thats what matters and no offense taken thats why we are here to learn


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Of course man, it looks great. I just wasn't sure if it was just stains that weren't coming out of what. Especially with upholstery and mattresses the urine can be difficult to remove. But like I said it looks great, I just wanted to determine exactly what I was seeing. Thanks!
 
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Information on mattress cleaning -

Mattress Sanitizing – A mattress that has been stained with any liquid including urine will general still exhibit a ring or water mark after cleaning. This is due to removing some of the sizing on the new mattress ticking.


The mattress can be cleaned using portable cleaner with upholstery cleaning attachment. Use any upholstery cleaning product and rinse. Avenge Fabric Prespray with Avenge Clean Rinse would be good. If there are any issues of sensitivity to chemicals or allergies, the Masterblend Responsible Care Anti-Allergen Prespray and Anti-allergen rinse would be a good choice. Since you are also treating for allergy relief, there would be a higher fee.

Vacuum before cleaning. If allergies are a concern – Lean across the width of the mattress and make cleaning strokes from the far side toward the center. Repeat from the opposite side. This assures no contaminants such as dust mites or their feces ends up in the carpet but instead gets extracted.

To prevent new water marks – evenly mist the entire side of the mattress with your prespray. Clean evenly and dry evenly. Water marks can appear where there is a significant change from a wet or damp part of the mattress and a dry portion of the mattress.

Use the hottest water available.

The above will provide a sanitary surface to the mattress. Another concern will be urine that has penetrated the surface (ticking) layer and gotten into foam or padding. Extraction of the surface simply can not clean this area that it can not reach. Urine remaining in these interior layers will still have an odor and will eventually wick its way up to the surface and recontaminate the outer layer. There are two ways to deal with the urine deeper inside the mattress. Either of these steps should be done before cleaning.


1) Mix Hydrocide at 4 oz. per gallon of water. You can also add Bio-Modifier to this formula. Saturate the area that was wet with urine with the Hydrocide mixture. The goal is for the Hydrocide mixture to reach everywhere the urine did. To be sure all areas are reached may require a significant amount of solution and drying time will be slow.

Use a Water Claw spotting tool and your body weight to extract as much of the solution as possible.

Use a fan, air mover, turn up the heat or whatever means are available to facility drying.

2) Using a hypodermic syringe, inject Bio-Modifier Xtreme through the mattress ticking into all areas that might be contaminated with urine. Each injection should be 1 to 2 oz. Make injections one inch apart. Figure the one inch in any direction up/down, side to side, end to end.

Allow as much dwell time as possible before cleaning. Twenty minutes minimum. For maximum effectiveness, make the injections a day before cleaning.

Bio-Modifier Xtreme works faster if heated to 110 to 115 degrees before injecting. One way to do this is to put about 2.5 to 3 gallons of water in an empty 5 gallon bucket. Insert a bucket heater and a thermometer. Loosen (but do not remove) the lid on the Bio-Modifer and let the jug float in the bucket until the water is hot enough.


Dealing with Urine Stains on Mattresses

The results will depend a lot upon the material the mattress ticking (covering) is made from. The most common ticking is cotton with a sizing material added (rather like starch). But there are many new types of mattresses with new coverings in the last 15 years or so.


When cotton ticking gets wet from any source, the sizing material can be dissolved in the water. Then the sizing travels with the water and stops at the outer edge of where the water spread. Sizing is normally a very light brown color and evenly spread across a mattress is not noticeable. But when a lot of it collects at one place, it can leave a dark ring. This is typically the most difficult part of a stain to remove.


Usually the goal in mattress cleaning is to either remove dust mites and slow down their return and thus reduce allergies for those sensitive to a protein in the dust mite droppings.


When mattresses are cleaned after a urine stain, the goal is to improve the appearance (but never to make it perfect), to remove or reduce odor and most importantly to make the surface sanitary.


Cleaning the mattress like any cotton upholstery is the best help. But upholstery cleaning only cleans the surface fabric. In addition, you can inject a bio-enzyme such as Bio-Modifier Extreme to digest urine that has penetrated down into the filling material. Bio-Modifier Extreme also deodorizes.


Finally, you can spray a heavy mist of a disinfectant such as Benefect, Sporicidin or Microban to make the surface sanitary. Get the fabric just damp, not wet. Avoid making new and additional water rings.


There are two strategies that can improve the appearance of the stain but not remove it completely.

1. After vacuuming, spray the entire surface with distilled water. Try to get everything evenly damp. Then clean. Keep it evenly damp throughout the cleaning and drying process. The sizing will be dissolved in the distilled water and will spread evenly across the surface removing and spreading out the sizing that caused the lines. However, it is difficult to get everything evenly damp and then evenly dry, so there will usually still be some uneven coloration.

2. A mild oxidizer such as 3% hydrogen peroxide (applied with cotton swap) or Stain Zone mixed with distilled water (half or slightly more than half water and the rest StainZONE) can also remove the staining. But it also weakens the cotton and makes it more likely to tear.
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I clean mattresses just as upholstery
1. inspect and identify fiber
2.pre-vacuum all areas to be cleaned
3. apply emulsifier
4. agitate
5.rinse
6.extract dry pass
7.circulate air (fan)

I charge
$80-100 for twin
$90-150 for Full
$110-200 for queen
$175-300 for King

California mattresses are more expensive and priced different

The majority of mattresses are pillow top (one side)
to clean both sides the cost is more
 

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Vinegar and baking soda, really Nathan?????
That and spam links won’t fly around here champ
I don't have a link, but if I put a smidge of baking soda in pancake mix, pancakes are more fluffy... Try it... I can give you a lot of useful recipes with baking soda, but we don't want to derail mattress cleaning threads, do we?
Seriously, I had my share of dirty mattresses, some od them required hazmat suits. My first one was no organic matters mattress. It fell off from the moving pickup truck. Easy to clean, no issues. The one I'll remember always was two sided and it was a triple treat, if you know what I mean.10 years old urine stains and about the same age of other organic matters...
Now I clean only mattresses that owner wants to return before warranty expires and there are only minor blemishes. Since they're getting a new mattress, I'm getting paid well...