Stains can build up on one’s mattress due to fake tan, sweat, wine, or other spillages. Luckily, there are ways to simply clean one’s mattress, and Mrs Hinch fans know best. Mrs Hinch is a cleaning influencer who has more than four million followers on Instagram, thanks to her sharing of cleaning tips and tricks over the years.
Mrs Hinch is so popular that fans have created pages in her honour. On one Facebook page, with more than 100,000 members, one Mrs Hinch fan wanted to know how to get rid of the stains that had developed on her mattress.
Marty Shaughnessy wrote: “My nephew has destroyed by brand new mattress in fake tan, any tips on how to remove the stain?”
The post was inundated with comments in minutes, and Mrs Hinch fans had a plethora of tips and tricks to share.
Some tips involved using natural methods found in the kitchen cupboard, while others involved using chemical products bought from the shop.
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Paula Collindridge’s advice was unusual. She said: “Use shaving foam squirt on rub in and leave 15 mins then clean sponge and hot water. May need a couple of goes – don’t use gel though, must be white foam.”
Gina Albani recommended: “Maybe try a carpet cleaner with the long cleaning wand that is used for stairs.”
Sam Davies commented: “Rug doctor carpet cleaners are amazing!!! They have an attachment for furniture and I would definitely use their own brand of cleaner too, brought up a very heavy tomato soup stain off of a cream carpet for me.”
Michelle Hughes wrote: “Pink Oxi stain remover got engine oil out of my husband’s coat. I sprayed elbow grease first then the pink and used the electric pink brush. His coat’s like new again, worth you giving it a try.”
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Elizabeth Silverton advised using shaving foam too. She said: “If shaving foam doesn’t work (may take a few goes) try ChemDry (available from Amazon in a can that looks similar to a fire extinguisher).”
Lucy Palman’s advice involved using natural ingredients usually found in a household’s kitchen cupboard. She recommended white vinegar, saying: “I managed to get bright red nail varnish out of my cream carpet using neat white vinegar.
“The area you have is more extensive than mine, but it may work. I let it soak and dry then re soak and I stood on the towel to soak it up.
“I put bi carb [bicarbonated soda] on top overnight to get rid of the vinegar smell. Hope you sort it.”
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Ethna Níc Dhonnchadha recommended Cillit Bang black mould remover, saying: “I literally use this on everything amazing stuff will remove any and every stain.”
Tony Carter’s advice was unexpected. He said: “If you have a steam cleaner that should do the job nicely, we have a portable steam cleaner and use it for all the stubborn stains that seem impossible to remove, but the steam cleaner gets them every time.”
Charlotte Rodgman recommended another popular cleaning product, saying: “Astonish mould and mildew spray. Leave for a few hours and wipe with a cloth soaked in Ariel liquid and hot water mix, use a micro fibre cloth to get water out.”
Lynne Ross added: “I would try neat Fairy liquid. I accidentally splashed tanning mouse onto a brand new cream top – applied Fairy straight onto stain, worked in then rinsed off and you’d never know.”
Using Fairy liquid was a popular tip among the Hinchers, and one of the cheapest. A bottle of Fairy costs only 25p at Waitrose.