Why Do Mattresses Turn Yellow?

mattresses turn yellow

If you’ve ever been brave enough to look under the sheets of an old mattress, you may be wondering: Why do mattresses turn yellow? Just like everything else, mattresses grow old too. Sadly, mattresses are not immune to aging. Mattresses will last around ten years, but Emma recommends you change your mattress every seven years. Instead of growing grey hair, mattresses turn yellow. Don’t worry this is a natural process of aging for mattresses. The coloration is usually caused by oxidation of the material. Don’t worry, this is not toxic or harmful in any way. However, in order to prevent this, make sure that your mattress is rarely exposed to the sun. Another solution would be to add a mattress cover. Thankfully, the Emma mattress comes with an easily washable mattress cover, so your nightmares of your mattress turning yellow are very easy to dispel. In addition to the yellowing of mattresses over time, they can be prone to stains. Whether or not we like to admit it, we all sneak the occasional snack in bed, or have a child who hasn’t quite kicked that bed-wetting habit yet. So, in that case, what do you do?

How to Get Stains Out of a Mattress?

Step 1

Blot the stain with a towel if the stain is fresh. Keep blotting until the towel has absorbed all the liquid.



Step 2


Fill a bucket with water. Then, add dish soap and mix until thick suds form.

Step 3


Get a clean, damp cloth and scoop the suds from the bucket. Keep in mind that you want to get the suds with as little water as possible. Continue rubbing the suds in a circular motion around the stains.


Step 4


Blot with a dry cloth to absorb the moisture. Alternate scrubbing with soap suds and blotting with a dry cloth until the stain is gone.

With the Emma mattress cover you shouldn’t need these steps at all! But just in case… 😉

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