I had to wash my mattress top (removable

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Registered: 03-27-2003
I had to wash my mattress top (removable
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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 10:03am
I have a Sleep Comfort bed that my 3yo peed in over the weekend, it went through the comforter, the sheets, the heated mattress pad and into the mattress top. Thankfully, it zips off completely. Only problem, it's waaaay too big for our washing machine, and too big for the front loaders at the laundromat. The only laundromat in town doesn't have a large-format front loader (which I don't think would've been big enough either...this is a King Size mattress top).

So, as I was driving around, I figured it would get soaked in a washing machine, why not throw it over my car and spray it down at the car wash!?! So I went to a self-serve car wash, used the soap spray for a minute and then switched to the rinse, high pressure. I got out all of the chocolate milk stains (from where the non-spill sippies leaked and we didn't realize that it went all the way through) and about 95% of the urine stain!

It was a beautiful sunny day and warm, so I brought it home and spread it out on top of the car to dry. It took almost all of the next day (also beautiful and warm) to finish drying and the last 5% of the stain sun-bleached out perfectly!!! In the end, it only got half as wet as being emersed in the washing machine, so it probably took half or less as much time to dry. Total cost $6 + minimal amount of gas!

I don't think this would've worked as well using my own hose as our water pressure stinks. If you have a power washer or really good water pressure and hose nozzle, you could do this at home!

Pam

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 12:13pm
Brilliant thinking, Pam! Way to use your head and resources! I bet other car washers were looking at you like you were crazy, lol. I can hear moms driving by with their kids, kids saying "mommy, what is that lady doing?" LOL

Leslie