How To Clean Food, Drink And Other Stains

Tips for cleaning stains in your bed

Most people spend more time on their bed than in any other place. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation recommends about 8 hours each night for adults. Do the math and it shows that you should be spending a third of your life sleeping — most likely on your bed. So, you are going to want to have a bed that is comfortable, clean and well kept.

Spend that much time on your bed and it is inevitably going to get dirty. The following information will help you to get it clean when a mess is made.

Protein-based Stains

This is for things that come from your body. We are talking about stuff like blood, urine, sweat, etc. All of these materials contain proteins. This means they will produce odors if they aren’t properly taken care of. The sooner you can treat them the better your chances of eliminating bacterial growth, and therefore, eliminating the chance for odors. You can use many different products that have been specifically designed to clean protein-based stains. There are also products that you probably have in a cupboard that can work as well. Next time you have a mess, try the following:

  • Soak the stained area in COLD water. Using warm water may actually enhance the odors. We don’t want that.
  • Make a mixture of water, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Use equal parts of each.
  • With a soft-bristled brush, scrub the mixture into the stained area. You may need to do this more than once, depending on how bad the stain is.
  • Using a clean towel, pat dry the area. Then, let it air dry. Want it to dry faster? Use a fan to blow air over the area.
woman washing delicate clothes by hands in plastic tub

Food, Drink And Other Stains

If you snack in bed often enough, eventually something is gonna spill. Again, treat the spill quickly for your best results. Here are a few tips for some items that tend to get spilled in bed.

Red wine

  • Use clean paper towels to dab up as much of the wine as possible. Do not rub it!
  • Now, apply a solution of club soda and salt. Let it soak and then blot it dry.
  • If that doesn’t do the trick, use a 3:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap. Let it soak the stained area and then blot dry.


  • Dab up any excess coffee with some clean paper towels. Be sure not to rub it into the mattress.
  • Mix a tablespoon of liquid dish soap with two cups of cold water.
  • Use a clean cloth to sponge the stain with the mixture.
  • Finish with more cool water on the stain — blotting up excess water and the remaining coffee.
  • Repeat as needed.


  • Remove the excess chocolate from the mattress.
  • Mix two cups of cold water with 2 tablespoons of dish detergent.
  • Use a clean cloth and blot your cleaning mixture into the stain. Keep blotting until the stain wears away.
  • Use another clean cloth to blot away the cleaning mixture. Let it air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Grape jelly

  • Soak the stain with cool water.
  • Mix together 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with ½ of a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent in 1 quart of warm water. Soak the stain with this solution for at least 15 minutes.
  • Rinse the cleaning solution away with water and use a clean cloth or towel to blot dry.
  • Repeat as necessary.


  • If the stain is a watercolor paint, use cotton balls and rubbing alcohol to blot the stain. Make sure that you swap in a new cotton ball frequently to make sure that you avoid re-staining the area. Repeat as necessary.
  • Oil-based paints may take a little more work to get rid of. Remove the excess paint as quick as you can. You may need to use a thinning agent like odorless turpenoid or turpentine — depending on what type of paint it is. WARNING! You’ll want to be sure to test the thinner on an inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t damage the materials of your mattress. And follow any written instructions.
  • Luckily, acrylic paints should be easier to get off. This may need just some common fingernail polish remover, rubbing alcohol or even alcohol based hair spray to clean it up. Blot the stain with one of these and let it soak it. Then, blot away the cleaner and paint the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat as needed.


First, wear gloves — just in case. If you don’t know, ectoplasm is a term used in spiritualism to denote a substance or spiritual energy “exteriorized” by physical mediums. It was coined in 1894 by psychical researcher Charles Richet. Who knows how you’ll react after coming into contact with this. Be on the safe side! Now, on to the cleaning.

  • Consider hiring an Exorcist — especially if you aren’t sure what kind of apparition left the mess. There is a good chance it is harmless, but better safe than sorry.
  • Tobin’s Spirit Guide suggests mixing essence of garlic, colloidal silver, sage, sacrificial pig blood, OxiClean, 2 drops of Felis Felicis, and hydrogen peroxide. The color of the ectoplasm may dictate what mixture works best. This might require a little experimentation. Cover up the stain with the anti-ectoplasm mixture and see what happens.
  • Use a clean cloth and dab dry. Then, burn all soiled rags in a hollow pit under the light of a blue moon. Good luck!

Bed Care — Because We Care

Wilding Wallbeds wants to help you get the most out of your bed — whether it is a Murphy Bed, wall bed or a regular bed. That is the reason behind the Ultimate Bed Care Guide. With the proper maintenance, your bed should keep you comfortable for years to come. Take care of your bed and it will take care of you. For more information about bed maintenance, check out these guides on Taking Care Of Your Sheets And Pillowcase; Pillow, Blanket And Comforter Care; How To Clean Your Mattress And Box Spring and General Cleaning And Mattress Maintenance. Or you can contact Wilding Wallbeds for assistance with any bed care questions and concerns.

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