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post #1 of Old 09-07-2014, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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How to remove disinfectant odor from a mattress?

My second-hand mattress has a smelly odour. Me, being naive, I called a guy from Craigslist and he doused the mattress with a strong-smelling disinfectant spray then performed a steam cleaning on it. I learned my lesson, I should've researched what I'm getting into, and should've tried a more DIY approach!

Anyways, it's been a week now & the disinfectant odour won't go away. What should I do now? I tried backing soda alone, but it didn't help. Options I found online: baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide, another steam cleaning (e.g. steam mop) without any chemicals.

I take the whole experience positively though. I learned the mistake and I want to develop some DIY knowledge too. Your tips are appreciated.
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You'll need to have it properly rinsed and extracted. Obviously the person who performed the work lacked the knowledge and ability to accomplish the task. Be thankful it was only a second hand mattress. There are many people in this industry that don't get the education they need to perform the work correctly. Unfortunately consumers view that a cleaning service as a commodity, its not. Family owned or owner operated services are your best bet. They have a reputation to uphold and it is in their best interest to do the best work possible.

When ever hiring an in-home cleaning service, it pays to do the research before you hire them. Check their reviews online, ask them how long they have been doing it, experience, what type of cleaning agents (toxicity), do they have insurance and any other concerns you may have.
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You post mentioned using a steam mop for the steam cleaning on the mattress. I'm not sure about that, but I can say that I have gotten large odors out of mattresses with a steam cleaning. I used an upholstery steam cleaner to do it though and put a fan on it. In some cases, children's night-time accidents, I have had to do multiple cleanses. But, it eventually worked.
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I use Medicated Powder to absorb the smell, it is helpful to remove unpleasant smell, as well as powder is a safe option. You can also neutralize odors by using Vinegar and baking soda.
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Vinager will add vinager odor.
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The baking soda trick always works well. Just get a pack of baking soda and sprinkle a bit on top of the area affected. You can also sprinkle baby powder on that affected area to get a good smell.
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Have you considered just leaving it outside for the day?
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when any technical person come in your house or do any work or task in your home. If your genius then after watching of his or her criteria, then you will do task with himself. so your description show your genius because you learn from this task.
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Yes, if possible leave it in the open air and sun for a day.
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The particular baking soda trick always is successful. Just obtain a pack of baking soda and sprinkle a bit over the region affected. You can also sprinkle little one powder in that damaged area to get a good odor.
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Once odors are absorbed into the mattress they can be difficult to remove, but not impossible. Depending on the odor and how easily you can transport your mattress will depend on what method you use below.

Vinegar and baking soda remove odors by balancing pH levels of the odor-causing material. The more neutral a material is, the more inert it is, which means there is no odor at all. Plain pure water has a pH factor of 7.2 and is completely neutral.

When something rots, spoils or decays it breaks down because of bacteria that goes to work on it. The result of the bacterial action and decay is going to be something acidic or something alkaline. Regardless, it's going to smell one way or another.

Vinegar is an acid that neutralizes alkaline odor problems, and baking soda is an alkaline that neutralizes acidic odor causes. To neutralize an odor means it changes the chemical properties and stops the odor, period. It's not a temporary masking of the problem.

Don't use vinegar and baking soda at the same time together as they will essentially cancel each other out (but it will impressively foam as the 2 chemicals react to each other and start producing oxygen).

I recommend trying the vinegar to start, let it dry completely and if a problem remains use the baking soda to remove any remaining odor problem.

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Just try with a steamer.
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Hire a reputable cleaning company with good reviews. You can't trust just anyone these days to do a good job, so it's always best to go with a good company that has been in business for awhile.
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I agree...Just try with a steamer.
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I also agree. . . .
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Musty smell can be removed with deep cleaning. Please donít ever try Lysol for heavenís sake.
Goingby the traditional way, dilute white distilled vinegar with water would be helpful. Just sprinkle them.
To restrict off gassing smell, opt for plastic with enough thickness so that they do not penetrate. Plastics are also toxic chemicals. Polyethylene is considered to be the safest for mattress covering since they are made from vegetable-grade plastic. What I hate about plastic is they are noisy and not breathable.
Often people stop with a right mattress. They seldom think about mattress covers. They protect them from dust mites and all sorts of odour. They come with many advantages (http://www.surplusfurniture.com/blog...vs-encasement/).
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Mattress Odors are offensive, and often difficult to remove, but not impossible. Effective floor cleaning chemical will help to remove Mattress odors. Fresh Carpet Deodorizing Mousse, Carpet Cleaner Defoamer, Carpet and Rug Shampoo etc. make your mattress odor free.

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Many way you can clean your mattress. I would suggest you to use a baking soda and a vacuum cleaner, it can easily effect your mattress and make freshness in just a couple of hours. This process will eliminate moisture, odors, dirt, dust mites and other unwelcome substances without using any harsh chemicals.


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