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Hot water is disconnected on our washing machine and pre-soaking it in my bath is unfortunately way too inconvenient in terms of size and logistics.
Doesn’t the washing machine heat the water up to the temperature you set it to?
Most machines are cold fill but heat the water to the required temperature.
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Doesn’t the washing machine heat the water up to the temperature you set it to?
Most machines are cold fill but heat the water to the required temperature.
Mhmm you raise a good (and in hindsight obvious) point. If I need a longer wash I run it at 70c and I will check it halfway through the second wash on the second half to see if it does indeed do that.
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Thanks... I guess it's good for all stains (the full range of human bodily fluids, food and drink) and not just pet pee?
Indeed !
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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

Well, i think I have now reached peak stain removal. Sadly, while the stains are more faded, they are still there.

So, in a flash of sudden inspiration I had a fiendishly cunning plan to rescue this beloved mattress cover... what about dying it to a new and darker colour using a safe dye for use in washing machines? For example this https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/prod...and-black.html

I have done my research and you can get dyes that do not affect subsequent loads as long as you run another wash after you finish the dye procedure. That way, I can convert the mattress cover colour to something newer and darker and thus disguide the unsightly stains.

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Hope all goes well!

For possible future problems, Optipet spray is enzyme based & smells less

https://www.coop.ch/en/household-ani...roduct-reviews
I took a closer look at this in Coop and seems it's for hard floors and sofas, not for bed linen. Would it work just the same?

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Old 21.03.2021, 18:51
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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

I'm amazed at your perseverence, good on yer!
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Old 21.03.2021, 19:27
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Well, i think I have now reached peak stain removal. Sadly, while the stains are more faded, they are still there.

So, in a flash of sudden inspiration I had a fiendishly cunning plan to rescue this beloved mattress cover... what about dying it to a new and darker colour using a safe dye for use in washing machines? For example this https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/prod...and-black.html

I have done my research and you can get dyes that do not affect subsequent loads as long as you run another wash after you finish the dye procedure. That way, I can convert the mattress cover colour to something newer and darker and thus disguide the unsightly stains.
Be careful, though, because that dye could end up rubbing off onto your bed linens and/or the mattress itself.

I've had a lot of luck using the Vanish Gold stain remover powder (in the bright pink plastic jar). But I think I've only used it on new stains. You just add a scoop of it to the detergent dispenser in your machine.

You could also just buy a new mattress cover, if all else fails. I remember seeing a lot of them on amazon.de when I was looking for an anti-allergy/dust mite cover for mine last year.

Good luck!
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Well, i think I have now reached peak stain removal. Sadly, while the stains are more faded, they are still there.

So, in a flash of sudden inspiration I had a fiendishly cunning plan to rescue this beloved mattress cover... what about dying it to a new and darker colour using a safe dye for use in washing machines? For example this https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/prod...and-black.html

I have done my research and you can get dyes that do not affect subsequent loads as long as you run another wash after you finish the dye procedure. That way, I can convert the mattress cover colour to something newer and darker and thus disguide the unsightly stains.



I took a closer look at this in Coop and seems it's for hard floors and sofas, not for bed linen. Would it work just the same?

I have used it on bed + linen after the cat had an "accident" without any problems.
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So, in a flash of sudden inspiration I had a fiendishly cunning plan to rescue this beloved mattress cover... what about dying it to a new and darker colour using a safe dye for use in washing machines? For example this https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/prod...and-black.html
Chuff, a couple of comments. Weigh your fabric--you may need 2 packets for the desired colour. I haven't used Dylon, but I've used Rit (US), which is the same idea. Dylon mentions "Pre-Dye," which I assume is like Rit Color Remover (sic). It may provide you with a better colour and more even colour uptake...Remember those stains will dye darker than the surrounding material. I'd go pretty dark because of that. Oh, and once dyed, it will tend to bleed in subsequent washes. Better wash it separately until you know. Or you could tie-dye it, lol.
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Chuff, a couple of comments. Weigh your fabric--you may need 2 packets for the desired colour. I haven't used Dylon, but I've used Rit (US), which is the same idea. Dylon mentions "Pre-Dye," which I assume is like Rit Color Remover (sic). It may provide you with a better colour and more even colour uptake...Remember those stains will dye darker than the surrounding material. I'd go pretty dark because of that. Or you could tie-dye it, lol.
Thanks bb. I am actually going to order 8 bottles of it and use 4x per half as it's pretty cheap on Amazon.de at 7chf per pack https://www.amazon.de/-/en/gp/produc...KR8XB7XF&psc=1

That should give me a nice rich smoky grey colour.

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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

Otherwise, did you look at those. I would never put one to hide dirt- but as you now know it is clean, but just a little stained, that would be fine


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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

I just received 8 pods of Dylon fabric dye in grey colour https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/prod...and-black.html

I plan to use 3 pods per half of the mattress cover. Looking forward to seeing if this works.

It's do or dye.
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I just received 8 pods of Dylon fabric dye in grey colour https://www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/prod...and-black.html

I plan to use 3 pods per half of the mattress cover. Looking forward to seeing if this works.

It's do or dye.
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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

Oh man the first half of the mattress has been a hilarious failure.

Somehow the smoky grey colour has turned out perfect navy blue and is in addition very patchy which could be due t the wash bown not being big enough to allow the water to slosh everywhere evenly. In addition, a lot of the dye "caught" on the synthetic bottom lining of the cover and still needs to be washed out (even though it has already had two washes). I am now doing the second half then will basically spend the next hours putting them through as many regular washes as I need to until the dye eventually goes away. Very eco friendly. Not.

Still... on the plus side at least it no longer looks stained, it now just looks like a dye project failure.
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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

Arghhh.... patchy results can be annoying, after all the effort. You can then try to run a de-dye (colour remover) process, to get rid of the dye at least to a fair extent, and then start again. Or else try to dye even darker over that, but unless you've de-dyed, the new darker colour may still be mottled.

Patchy colour can, unfortunately, result from the textile having been put into the machine dry. When I've dyed fabric before, I wet it thoroughly first, before it saw any dye.

Also, as you say, it could result from not getting enough water during the wash. This can be remedied by using an "extra water" programme, if available on the machine, and/or by manually adding several litres of extra water as soon as the washing cycle starts.

Alternatively, dye by hand. The bathtub, though appealing from the size, is rather a lot to risk, as it might stain irretrievably. Instead, use a extra-large bucket, outdoors, while wearing old clothes. Then, you can use a stick to turn the fabric over and over, getting all parts soaked in the dye, and you can take the whole item out and bundle it back again with different parts immersed. That can get the colour more evenly distributed.
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Oh man the first half of the mattress has been a hilarious failure.

Somehow the smoky grey colour has turned out perfect navy blue and is in addition very patchy which could be due t the wash bown not being big enough to allow the water to slosh everywhere evenly. In addition, a lot of the dye "caught" on the synthetic bottom lining of the cover and still needs to be washed out (even though it has already had two washes). I am now doing the second half then will basically spend the next hours putting them through as many regular washes as I need to until the dye eventually goes away. Very eco friendly. Not.

Still... on the plus side at least it no longer looks stained, it now just looks like a dye project failure.
I hope you have your own washing machine, otherwise your neighbours will be complaining that all their clothes are now navy blue
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Old 07.04.2021, 01:00
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I hope you have your own washing machine, otherwise your neighbours will be complaining that all their clothes are now navy blue
No, not necessarily. Dyes are better designed than previously, so as not to leave residues in the machine, i.e. they are more quickly soluble and therefore flush away more readily. Usually, it suffices to wash just one load afterwards, of the same sort of colours, and then the machine is good to go, and can be trusted.
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Arghhh.... patchy results can be annoying, after all the effort. You can then try to run a de-dye (colour remover) process, to get rid of the dye at least to a fair extent, and then start again. Or else try to dye even darker over that, but unless you've de-dyed, the new darker colour may still be mottled.

Patchy colour can, unfortunately, result from the textile having been put into the machine dry. When I've dyed fabric before, I wet it thoroughly first, before it saw any dye.

Also, as you say, it could result from not getting enough water during the wash. This can be remedied by using an "extra water" programme, if available on the machine, and/or by manually adding several litres of extra water as soon as the washing cycle starts.

Alternatively, dye by hand. The bathtub, though appealing from the size, is rather a lot to risk, as it might stain irretrievably. Instead, use a extra-large bucket, outdoors, while wearing old clothes. Then, you can use a stick to turn the fabric over and over, getting all parts soaked in the dye, and you can take the whole item out and bundle it back again with different parts immersed. That can get the colour more evenly distributed.
Hmm you are right... i did run a short rinse program before I put the dye in but maybe it wasn't enough to wet it thoroughly... in combination with the cover pieces not having much space in the washer that could have really caused these poor results. It did make me chuckle though.

I am tempted to either buy some more dye or even email Dylon some photos to say I followed the instructions, look what happened and see if they can send me some freebies to finish the job.
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Re: How to remove old and ingrained mattress cover stains?

Assuming you still want to keep the cover, and that investing a bit of time and a little cash would be worthwhile:

Just to check, is this a mattress pad (thick quilted material with elasticized edges that fits tightly to the mattress, like this https://www.landsend.com/products/su...71,43313,43352 )?

Or mattress topper (essentially a second mattress, usually something like five centimeters thick made of foam, like this https://www.landsend.com/products/se...71,43313,43352 ) or sometimes even a featherbed)?

If the latter, a simple solution would be to use a cover for the cover - something akin to a duvet cover - that you can take off and wash separately. If you can't find something ready made, it would be relatively simple to sew.

If the former, you could also cover the pad, but it would be a bit more complex as you would probably want to quilt stitch the new material onto the pad. (If you could do it yourself, perhaps worthwhile. If you had to pay someone else do it, likely not worth the cost.)

Just a thought.

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I am tempted to either buy some more dye or even email Dylon some photos to say I followed the instructions, look what happened and see if they can send me some freebies to finish the job.
Yes, I think the idea of sending photos to Dylon is really good. They may send you some freebies (although, remember TIS), but otherwise at least possibly some advice, which might end up being even more useful, as you take your next steps towards expert dye-master. I'd be interested to read how Dylon responds.
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