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What Causes Rust Stains on a Mattress?

Rust is essentially the oxidization of metal. In general, a rust stain results from a combination of metal and water. On an innerspring mattress, a rust stain could be caused by interaction between spilled liquids and the metal springs located just beneath the surface fabric of the mattress. This could easily result in metal oxidization and the eventual brown or orange looking stain mucking up the surface of your mattress. Fortunately, rust stains can be removed. However, removal processes can be somewhat complicated and difficult to accomplish. In any case, here is a basic natural formula that you can use to remove those annoying dust stains from your mattress (or any other fabric for that matter).

How to get rid of annoying rust stains on an innerspring mattress

  1. Go to your pantry and grab the vinegar and salt. Mix these two ingredients together until you end up with a white paste that is thick and frothy. You can mix them up in a small plastic basin so as to avoid making a mess.
  2. Apply the vinegar and salt paste to the stained section of your mattress. Use a sponge or scrubber to scrub the paste into the surface fibers of the mattress so that it will absorb as much of it as possible. Now, leave the paste to settle for some time and work its magic.
  3. Remove the paste from the surface of your mattress by passing a cloth over it. Don’t be afraid to scrub a little in order to get at paste that seems to be sticking to the surface.
  4. Once you have removed as much of the paste as you could, go get your vacuum cleaner and equip it with the attachment brush if it as one. Fire it up and preferably use a vacuum cleaner with a powerful suction so you can fully remove the entire paste residue that should be completely dried up by now.
  5. Dip a clean cloth in warm water and squeeze it out thoroughly until it is just mildly damp. Then, proceed to run it over the vacuumed area a few times as a cleansing rinse.
  6. Now, it's time to dry your mattress. The best way to do this would be to place your mattress out in the open air on a sunny day. However, if this is not an option you have the alternative of placing a fan in front of the spot where the stain used to be or using a hair dryer to dry it off manually. Drying off the mattress is especially important, as rust stains are caused by moisture that absorbs into the mattress. Once you have fully dried out the mattress, check to see if there are still any trace elements pertaining to the stain. If there are, you could easily repeat the process as many times as is necessary until the entire stain has completely disappeared.