A) Purple smoothies have some real staining power.
B) My husband is just a wee bit klutzy. (well, I kinda knew that one already.)
C) It is a bad idea to let your accident prone husband near your relatively new mattress with a purple smoothie
D) There are some great resources on the internet to deal with everything, including unintentionally decorated purple bedrooms.
So I will say that when I first saw my husband’s artistic expression, I slightly freaked.
I had always been really careful around the mattress (I had a water proof mattress protector. Don’t ask how the spill got around it.) and never envisioned quite an impressive disaster. Then I remembered the good old world wide web. Surely somebody out there would be able to offer some sage advice on stain removal.
I will say that most of what I immediately found had more to do with bodily fluid stains. Ewwwww. But hey, shit happens. Quite literally it seems. I would say the smoothie disaster is quite rare. But I knew that someone out there had a husband as klutzy as I have. Or a 5 year old. Well, one of the two.
Needless to say, it took some searching…
But I finally found what I was looking for on good old Ehow.com. Was I really to entrust an unknown Ehow contributor to save my mattress? A stain removal attempt comes with risks. Use the wrong product and you now have an even more magnificent stain than you started with. Needless to say, I didn’t see any other choices so I did a silent prayer to the Ehow Gods and gave it a shot.
What happened next?
I didn’t believe it but the color purple vacated my mattress! Thank you Ehow! I really couldn’t have done it without you.
Anyway, because you never know if this will happen to you, I’m going to pass along Mr. Ehow’s advice. I’m sure this can be used to clean up a multitude of mattress disasters. Or you can always check out the article for yourself here:
What to do..
First pat down the stain. Then add the hydrogen peroxide to the spray bottle and spray the hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Let sit 5-8 minutes and then pat dry.
Sprinkle baking soda on the stain area and let sit for a few hours. (What does a few mean? I guessed about 3, but I imagine it depends on the severity of the stain). Then wipe down baking soda with a terry cloth.
If stain persists…
Sprinkle Borox on the stain and rub in with a terry cloth. (Make sure to use a mask and gloves for this one and remove kids and pets from the room.) Allow it to sit for a few minutes and vacuum to remove.
Repeat if necessary, ventilate room and allow to air dry.
Sleep is super important for health.
And a good night’s sleep starts with a quality mattress. I’m grateful that Ehow guy helped my mattress provide restorative sleep for yet another day!
Next week we will be back to our normally scheduled health and wellness programming. (That is, barring any future husband created explosions or catastrophes.)