Brown Stains on Mattress? Reasons and Remedy!

Unless you’re constantly cleaning the mattress, it might be weeks before you notice the brown stains on the mattress. Not many of us have the time always to take the bed sheet off and clean it thoroughly.

So, I’ve seen many people scratching their heads and thinking, how the heck did that happen? You would remember if you spilled your drink on it. So what may be the cause?

Trust me; there are too many ways. Our bodily excretions could be the single cause behind the annoyingly prominent brown spots.

In this article, we’ll discuss the reasons behind the rusty-colored brown stains on mattresses and how you can easily prevent them.

What Causes Brown Stains on Mattress?

One common reason behind the brown stains on your mattress is the rust formation from the coils inside. It’s pretty common for moisture to get inside and form rust. And after a while, it starts to show on the surface.

Here is a list of reasons for the brown stains:

17 Causes of Brown Stains on Mattress

  1. Oil

We use oil frequently on our hair and body. Each time the oiled body part touches the mattress, it absorbs a little of it. And that oil then acts as a dirt receptor. Over time dirt and dust get collected. And this creates brown spots on the mattress. However, you can get rid of these stains relatively easily.

Using a combination of a bedsheet and a plastic sheet over the mattress can prevent it.

  1. Tea stains

I’m guilty of it. It has happened too many times to ignore. Spilling the tea on the mattress is a surefire way to result in a discarded mattress. It’s the hardest stain to get rid of and results because of the chemicals in the tea.

  1. Vomit

This is not going to be a common occurrence for many. But accidental vomits getting on your mattress is not unusual. You might say that I washed it off thoroughly. So why should it cause brown spots?

Well, you only wash off the bits on the surface. But the fluid already reached inside and contacted the metal coils. This moisture will eventually cause rust.

  1. Blood

Bloodstains produce the most noticeable brown stains. You have to wash them several times. Even then, there’s no guarantee that the stains will be removed.

If too much blood gets on the mattress, it should be taken to the service providers to be properly cleaned up.

  1. Water

Water by itself does not cause any brown stains unless it’s full of impurities, especially if it contains too much iron. And once it reaches the coils inside, be prepared for rust-caused brown stains.

  1. Food

If you have a habit of eating food in bed, then you’ve already compromised the beauty of the mattress. Bits and pieces of food easily find their way onto it. And it doesn’t take a lot of time for it to cause stains.

  1. Sweat

It’s one of the worst stains, but not because it’s very prominent on the surface. It isn’t very noticeable at first. But it starts to build up slowly. The dirt and dust get in the fabric. When it becomes noticeable, it’s not easy to remove.

  1. Semen

Well, there’s nothing to be ashamed about it. It happens; semen stains on mattresses are common. When you get caught up in the moment, you can’t always put a bed sheet first. But it’s much easier to clean up. If you let it stay there, it’ll result in a brown stain.

  1. Bed Bug

These pests are annoying as they are filthy and bad for health. You have to get rid of them as soon as possible, even without the risk of brown spots.

The brown spots are caused when bed bugs leave feces in the linen. These droppings and absorbed blood causes brown spots.

Additionally, they abandon their shells throughout their lives and go through molting phases. This rust-colored dirt can cause stains.

There’s no end to it, I guess. Even the shells they leave after hatching will cause stains. The adhesive material on them makes them cling to the linen.

  1. Rust

The rust formation on the coils is a big concern. If it gets exposed to moisture, it’ll corrode someday. And that will eventually show on the mattress’ surface.

  1. Stool

Anybody with kids will attest to this -stool will destroy your mattress’s surface if you’re not careful. It’ll release brown color as soon as it touches the surface.

  1. Urine

Urine by itself doesn’t cause any brown stains. Instead, it causes yellow-ish stains along with a foul smell. The acid in the urine will damage your mattress, and over time it’ll collect dirt and change the mattress’ color.

  1. Pus

Fluid from infection is an easy way to stain the bedsheet and the mattress. It won’t just stain the bed; it’ll also give off a foul smell if not washed properly.

  1. Saliva

It’s not your everyday fluid that gets on the mattress. But if it does find its way onto it, be prepared as it will collect dirt just like sweat. It dries off quickly without leaving signs.

  1. Tears

“Tonight I’m gonna cry myself to sleep// Wake up with tear stains on my sheets // Might be the seventh time this week.”

It might just be a line from a song, but tears can cause stains. Never discount it.

  1. Phlegm

Brown stains caused by Phlegm are very hard to get rid of. It’ll only happen if you let it sit for a while and get stuck to the surface.

  1. Bile (it comes out of the body with urine and stool, doesn’t need a separate point)

6 Ways to Clean Your Mattress All the Time

  1. Spray Bottle

Applying solutions using spray bottles to clean the mattress is very convenient. It’ll kill any foul odor while getting rid of stains. You can buy them from big online stores.

There’s nothing to it. Just take off the bedsheet and spray the solution on.

  1. Vacuum

Vacuuming is the first step to cleaning any mattress. It’ll take care of the dust and dirt. Use different attachments to clean the mattress.

  1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a simple and effective way to clean your mattress. Just sprinkle the baking soda on the mattress in several spots. Leave it on for half an hour if there’s a slightly noticeable odor. For more noticeable odors, leave it on for an hour or more.

After it’s done working, use a vacuum to remove the baking soda.

  1. Rags

Using a wet rag after applying cleaning solutions such as a detergent is a great way to clean the mattress. Soak the rag in warm water and keep wiping the mattress. Continue this process until there’s no soap.

Now dry it off.

  1. Laundry Detergent

Use a mild laundry detergent to remove brown stains on the mattress. Make sure to clean the memory foam topper only. Don’t let it get inside. And also, avoid using low-quality detergents since they can damage the structure.

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent addition to your mattress cleaning solution. Add 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and soap. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray it on. Then use rags or towels to wipe the mattress.

How to Remove Stains from Mattress with Baking Soda?

Prepare a cleaning solution with baking soda, detergent, and hydrogen peroxide. In a spray bottle, pour them in selected amounts,

  • 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 3 tablespoon baking soda
  • Few drops of liquid detergent

Mix it well, and spray it on the mattress, especially on the brown spots. Leave it on for an hour or so. When you smell odor no more, use a rag or towel to wipe the solution from the mattress.

What Do Bed Bug Stains Look Like on a Mattress?

Bed bug stains can be recognized from small round brown dots on the mattress. These can have red and rusty colors as well. The spots are pretty small. It almost looks like someone has put marks using a marker.

How Do I Keep My Mattress Clean from Staining or dust?

  1. Use Mattress Protection

It’s the first thing you should buy after purchasing your mattress (if the mattress shop does not provide one). A waterproof protector will protect the insides of the mattress from getting exposed to moisture. It isn’t good for the coils.

  1. Time to wash

If you quickly wash off the dirt, dust, or other sticky fluid, you’re almost safe from stains. But make sure to dry it properly.

But we don’t recommend trying to wash it yourself if you do not have the expertise required for mattress wash.

  1. Keep Out Dust

You can’t always keep the windows and door shut. So, dust will find its way into your room no matter what. What you can do is use a dust-proof protective cover when you’re not sleeping or sitting on it.

You can also vacuum the mattress daily to get rid of dust particles.

 FAQs ( Frequently Ask Questions)

  1. Can I use a carpet cleaner on my mattress?

The answer is yes. You can use a carpet cleaner to clean your mattress’s stains.

  1. Can I leave baking soda on my mattress overnight?

Of course, you can. The longer you keep baking soda on, the better chances it’ll have to work properly.

  1. Can I use bicarbonate soda to clean my mattress?

To get rid of any foul smell, you can use bicarbonate soda on your mattress.

  1. How long should you leave bicarbonate soda on a mattress?

It would be best if you left bicarbonate soda on your mattress for an hour or so. Keeping it longer will increase its effectiveness.

The Final Notes:

In the end, I should say that the only reason you’ll see brown stains on the mattress is if you’re careless about it. Keep the mattress clean by vacuuming regularly, don’t eat food on it. And do not make it a habit of sleeping without having a bath.

Keep doing this, and I assure you a clean, odorless mattress even after months of use without cleaning. On the contrary, if brown stains become severe, you’ll have to buy another. As they always say, prevention is better than cure.

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