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The Best Mattress Cleaner in the UK

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Written by Alex Petrović

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22 January 2024 5 min read

If you want to keep your mattress fresh and clean, you need a good mattress cleaner! And while most of them will get the job done, to an extent, today we're on the lookout for the best mattress cleaner the UK has to offer.

Removing different kinds of mattress stains and keeping your mattress clean can be a tall order, especially if you have a memory foam mattress. And since your bed can have an overage of up to 10 million dust mites, it's quite important that you do keep it clean! That is why we're on the hunt for the best mattress cleaner you can get in the UK and keep your bedroom spick and span!

We'll also throw in a few tips for how you can avoid having a dirty mattress in the first place and a few tricks you can use to get those tough stains out of there. But first, let's go over the products.

Our top picks

Firstly, we're just going to go over our picks for the best mattress cleaner you can find in the UK. We tried to consider all of the different use cases for mattress cleaners and picked out one winner for each category. So, you'll certainly find at least one that's going to suit your needs!
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    Product image of the Guardian mattress stain remover spray
    Gardian Mattress Stain Remover
    Best Overall
    Blog 2
    Product image of the Dr. Beckmann Upholstery Stain Remover
    Dr. Beckmann Upholstery Stain Remover
    Easiest to Use
    Blog 3
    Product image of the Dirtbusters Mattress Odour and Urine Neutraliser
    Dirtbusters Mattress Odour and Urine Neutraliser
    Best Against Strong Odours
    Blog 4
    Product image of the Inspired Mattress Deodoriser/Sanitiser and Dust Mite Inhibitor
    Inspired Mattress Deodoriser/Sanitiser and Dust Mite Inhibitor
    Best for Dust Mites
    Blog 5
    Product image of the EMERGENCY STAIN Remover Spray
    EMERGENCY STAIN Remover Spray
    Most Convenient
    Blog 6
    Product image for MPC ERADICATE
    MPC ERADICATE
    Best Stain Remover

Best Overall: Gardian Mattress Stain Remover

We decided to give the number one spot to the mattress stain remover from Guardian as it does the most for a relatively low price.
Best Overall
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The main reason we've decided on this stain remover among many others is because of how well it can…well…remove mattress stains. From urine stains to wine spills, the stain remover formula seems to work on all organic stains your mattress might have suffered through.

And it seemingly doesn't take a lot of scrubbing to remove even older, stubborn stains.

However, what secured the number one spot for this spray is the fact that it also helps eliminate dust mites. And if you have allergies, this is a huge plus and can help you keep your bed completely hypoallergenic.

Lastly, the spray bottle is pretty is quite big so it can last for quite a while and allow for more than one deep clean. And we'd say the price is more than fair.

The only real downside is that this cleaner doesn't have as many reviews as some other ones, so it's more difficult to gauge whether certain stains, like blood stains, are going to be a problem.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Volume: 500 mil
  • Removes stains: Yes
  • Removes dust mites: Yes
  • Deodoriser: Yes

Advantages

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Good size
500 mil is more than enough for multiple deep cleans.
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Affordable
About the average price for stain removers but high quality.
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Helps keep things hypoallergenic
Also deals with dust mites.

Disadvantages

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Might not work for all stains
Fewer reviews mean it's difficult to gauge whether it can handle all organic stains.

Easiest to Use: Dr. Beckmann Upholstery Stain Remover

If you just want a mattress cleaner that you can order, use right away to remove whatever stain is on your mattress, and be done with it – the Dr. Beckmann Upholstery Stain Remover is our top pick.
Easiest to Use
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The first thing you'll likely notice is that this mattress cleaner comes with a pre-installed brush at the top. This means that you don't have to get your own damp cloth.

And the bristles could help get rid of dust mites or crumbs that have made it into the crevices of the mattress – which is very useful if you have a tufted mattress.

Also, the mattress cleaner itself is very cheap and can be used on other items as well. After all, it's a general upholstery cleaner.

So, what are the downsides? Well, the brush itself isn't the most durable, especially when compared to something like a vacuum upholstery attachment. Plus, it might not be the most powerful mattress stain remover you'll ever see.

But hey, considering how cheap it is, we'd still say you're getting quite a deal.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Volume: 400 mil
  • Removes stains: Yes
  • Removes dust mites: N/A
  • Deodoriser: Yes

Advantages

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Very cheap
One of the cheapest mattress cleaners you're going to find.
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Brush included
The brush attachment can be quite handy.

Disadvantages

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Not the most durable
Some consumers have found durability issues with the bristles.
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Not the most powerful
You can likely find a stronger cleaning solution.

Best Against Strong Odours: Dirtbusters Mattress Odour and Urine Neutraliser

If you're less worried about sweat stains and more concerned about the smell that might come with them, the Dirtbusters Mattress Odour and Urine Neutraliser is here to save the day!
Best Against Strong Odours
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While most stain removers and mattress cleaners do both remove stains and deodorise the surface, some odours are more pungent than others. Plus, what if the odour comes back?

Well, the Dirtbusters Mattress Odour and Urine Neutraliser promises that those days are in the past. It claims that the cleaning solution can both get rid of odours and prevent them from coming back.

And while we're not sure how scientifically accurate that last part is, people seem to champion this cleaner online.

And while the actual new odour might not be for everyone, it's certainly more pleasant than the smell of urine. So, we'd say this is an essential tool for new parents or pet owners with especially accident-prone companions.

The bottle is also of a very decent size and the price is about what you'd expect. Plus, the company claims it was all done with 0 animal cruelty or toxic chemicals. And we can always appreciate such an approach.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Volume: 500 mil
  • Removes stains: No
  • Removes dust mites: No
  • Deodoriser: Yes

Advantages

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Excellent for dealing with odours
Bad odours are dealt with and “blocked” from reappearing.
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Good size
You can get quite a few uses out of a single bottle.
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Good value
The cleaner is quite affordable.

Disadvantages

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Not for everyone
Some people might not like the smell.
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Single purpose
Only gets rid of bad odours.

Best for Dust Mites: Inspired Mattress Deodoriser/Sanitiser and Dust Mite Inhibitor

If dust mites are your main concern, this cleaning solution from Inspired should have you sorted in no time!
Best for Dust Mites
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Like a few of the cleaners so far, this is a multi-purpose cleaner. Specifically, it helps deal with nasty odours, keep your mattress clean, and prevent dust mites.

As you can imagine, it's that last part that we're the most interested in.

After all, for allergy sufferers, dust mites are quite the problem. And just going over the mattress with a vacuum cleaner might not always solve the issue.

However, with this cleaner, dust mites should supposedly be a problem from the past.

Plus, the spray claims to kill most bacteria, which leads to a cleaner sleeping surface. With that being said, the cleaner doesn't seem to fare well when it comes to actual stains.

And some people have reported that the bottle didn't have the actual spray attachment. So, you'd have to look for a different bottle where you already used up the washing-up liquid and hope the attachment fits.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Volume: 500 mil
  • Removes stains: No
  • Removes dust mites: Yes
  • Deodoriser: Yes

Advantages

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Great for allergy sufferers
Keeps dust mites at bay.
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Anti-bacterial
Kills 99% of bacteria.
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Affordable
Cheaper than some of the other cleaners.

Disadvantages

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Quality issues
Doesn't seem to come with the spray mechanism.
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Can't remove stains
You'd need a different cleaner for stains.

Most Convenient: EMERGENCY STAIN Remover Spray

Most of the time, it doesn't matter whether a mattress cleaner is convenient or not. After all, it's not like your mattress is going to move around. However, if you sleep in a van or have to deal with all kinds of stains all of the time, the EMERGENCY STAIN Remover Spray is perfect!
Most Convenient
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While this cleaner is notably more expensive and smaller than the other cleaners, it also seems to be the most powerful mattress stain remover so far.

And if grease stains or vomit stains are a common occurrence, this is a big plus.

Plus, the small size means that you can always have this cleaner ready and deal with the stain right away.

And since a stain remover is going to be the most effective while the stain is still fresh, this is another huge plus.

So, if you live the type of life where a stain remover in your purse/car can save the day fairly often, there's no doubt this is the most convenient solution.

However, we will point out that this spray is not from the UK but rather from the US. So, you might have issues with shipping.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Volume: 2x 60mil
  • Removes stains: Yes
  • Removes dust mites: N/A
  • Deodoriser: N/A

Advantages

Travel-pro
Travel size
You can take the spray with you easily.
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Good quality
The spray seems to be more powerful than most stain removers.
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Nice design
While not a necessity, we do appreciate the snazzy bottle design.

Disadvantages

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Not from the UK
You might have some issues with shipping.
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Expensive
For the volume, this spray is a lot more expensive than the others.

Best Stain Remover: MPC ERADICATE

Lastly, if you want a mattress cleaner that can handle stubborn stains, we'd suggest taking a look at MPC ERADICATE.
Best Stain Remover
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The first major upside of this cleaner is that it involves 0 scrubbing.

So, no getting on your knees with a dry cloth and rubbing down the mattress like your life depended on it. You just spray the solution onto the stain and then later vacuum up the area.

As far as deep cleaning goes, this is incredibly simple.

And while it might take more than one application, the stain remover seems to tackle just about every stain known to man – from vomit to even faeces. So, whatever caused your mattress cover to be less than perfect can be dealt with.

The price is also more than fair and judging by the large number of good reviews, not too many people had issues with shipping or false advertising. And since the price is also more than fair, we'd say this cleaner definitely deserves some praise.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Volume: 500mil
  • Removes stains: Yes
  • Removes dust mites: Yes
  • Deodoriser: N/A

Advantages

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Excellent quality
Can deal with most stains.
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Easy to use
You just spray the area and vacuum it up later.
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Good value
For the volume, the cleaner is reasonably priced.

Disadvantages

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Some stains might need more time
Some stains have to go through a few applications.

What to consider when buying the best mattress cleaner

Now that we've covered our top picks for the best mattress cleaner, let's get into a bit more detail. After all, how can you really know which cleaner suits your needs best?

And do you even need a mattress cleaning product to clean your mattress or is it just a shortcut?

We'll cover all of that and some general mattress-cleaning tips in the following section.

Can you use the cleaner on your mattress?

While pocket spring mattresses can usually be cleaned without too much worry, hybrids and memory foam mattresses are a bit more complicated. And that's because chemicals like hydrogen peroxide can severely damage or discolour the foam. The same goes for heavy-duty cleaners such as bleach.

And since this would cause damage to the upper layer of the mattress, you'll likely notice the difference. Not to mention that the surrounding area could also “chip away” over time now.

So, always read the mattress label first or go to the manufacturer's website and see whether it's safe to clean the mattress with stronger cleaners. Especially when cleaning a memory foam mattress. You could also try using a diluted washing-up liquid to play it safe.

Or use something like baking soda to try to pick up the stain. Just don't immediately grab your nearest carpet cleaners and pour them on the mattress – as they might get damaged.

What do you need the cleaner for?

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As you might've noticed when we went over our pick for the best mattress cleaner, not all cleaners do the exact same thing. Some are meant to only deodorise your mattress, some combat dust mites, some help at lifting stains, and some do a combination of the three.

Plus, when it comes to getting rid of stains, not all cleaners might be as good at dealing with different types of stains. Some might be able to remove blood stains but not sweat stains, for example. And if you're dealing with pet stains, you should look for cleaners that specifically deal with urine stains and faeces stains.

On top of that, some cleaners only lift new stains while others can handle old stains. And so on and so forth.

So, take a look at the product description and see what the cleaner actually does. And if you want to make extra sure, search through the reviews and see whether anyone has had luck getting rid of the “stain type” you're dealing with.

Are there better options?

While a mattress cleaner solution is the budget-friendly approach to keeping your mattress clean, it's not the only one! For example, some people might prefer to have a good steam cleaner instead.

And while it's debatable whether a steam cleaner can get rid of stubborn stains, it can certainly help keep your mattress clean with very little effort. Plus, it has quite a few more use cases than a mattress cleaner when it comes to keeping your entire home clean.

Then again, you could always get both. After all, as long as you follow the washing instructions for the mattress, it can't hurt to keep things extra clean.

Have you considered the DIY approach?

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When it comes to cleaning a mattress, there are plenty of DIY solutions online. Some use baking soda mixed with white vinegar and others their dish soap mixed with warm water.

And while you should do this anyway, we're going to include things such as vacuuming your mattress under this category as well. After all, it's the simplest way to get rid of dead skin cells and the like.

So, if, for example, your mattress has just been stained, it might be more productive to find a DIY way to deal with it right away rather than wait for 3 days for your cleaner to be shipped out.

With that being said, do note that DIY cleaning solutions might not be as effective as a mattress cleaner.

How to prevent your mattress from getting dirty in the first place?

Of course, the best way to deal with stains is to stop them from happening. And the best way to do that is to get a mattress protector. After all, a waterproof mattress protector will ensure that no blood, wine, urine, or faeces ever even make it to the mattress.

And with quite a few of them, you can just wipe off the mess with a regular wet rag. No diluting washing up liquid, no special gear, no scrubbing. Just wipe down the entire surface and the day is saved.

However, there is one potential downside here. Sure, you can avoid getting your mattress wet but what happens when it's time to go to sleep? Because of the way mattress protectors are made, they'll usually be a bit less comfortable than a good mattress topper or the mattress by itself.

And if you take the protector off at night, well, those yellow stains from sweat are still a problem. Or what if you have an accident during the night?

So, while a mattress protector is the best way to keep your mattress safe, it won't be the perfect solution for everyone.

Tips for buying and using the best mattress cleaner

Now let's compound what we've covered into a few easy-to-follow tips. Firstly, make sure to get a mattress cleaner before you need it, as a fresh stain is a lot easier to deal with.

Secondly, be 100% certain that your mattress can be cleaned with said cleaner by reading the mattress label and/or looking it up online. This is especially important if your mattress uses any type of foam.

Lastly, use the cleaner for its intended purpose. If the cleaner is marketed as a deodoriser first and a stain remover second, don't expect it to lift old wine stains. But if it is marketed as a stain remover, see whether it might need multiple applications to take hold.

The advantages of having the best mattress cleaner

Of course, the whole point of having the best mattress cleaner is to keep your mattress spotless with as little effort as possible. But some people might underestimate how important it is to keep their sleeping surface clean.

For example, if you don't wash your sheets often enough, enough dust mites will accumulate to cause respiratory and skin issues. From allergies to acne, it can get very troublesome.

And stains follow a similar format. For example, if you don't treat those urine stains, you might have a mould issue on your hands. And mould can cause a similar set of health issues, like respiratory problems and skin irritation.

Plus, who doesn't love the feeling of a nice, fresh bed? Not only does it keep your mind at ease but it also just feels better to sleep in. And good sleep is essential for good health.

So, don't underestimate the importance of cleaning your mattress regularly and keeping it stain-free. It's not just about appearances but rather your health as well!

Conclusion

In conclusion, getting a good mattress cleaner isn't all that difficult. Just pay close attention to the product description, make sure it does what you want it to do, and double-check the mattress care label so you don't end up damaging the foam.

And for those 10-20 pounds and 10-ish minutes you get to avoid all the issues that typically come with dirty bedding. So, we'd say it's more than a worthy trade-off.

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About the author

Alex Petrović
Sleep Consultant
A CPD certified Sleep Consultant with more than 2000 hours of research into all the different ways we can get a great night's sleep. As a former insomniac, I know how difficult life can be without a nightly recovery and I love that I get to share everything I've learned with you all. So hopefully we can all sleep soundly!

FAQs about mattress cleaners

Lastly, let's cover some of the FAQs we've found in regard to mattress cleaners. If we've left out any questions you'd like the answer to, ask away in the comments!

Is it possible to remove stains from a mattress?

For the most part, yes! From food stains to urine stains, most mishaps can be dealt with by using a mattress cleaner. However, cleaning a stain from a memory foam mattress can prove to be more difficult.

What is good for cleaning a mattress?

Store-bought mattress cleaning solutions are your best bet. But baking soda and white vinegar can also lift some stains. Some mattresses can also be steam cleaned.

What is the best way to clean a mattress?

Use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to pick up any debris. Then use a store-bought or homemade cleaning solution to refresh the mattress or lift stains. Then let the mattress air out and dry.

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