The thought of blood stains on a mattress brings discomfort. The good news is that there are ways of getting rid of these stains.
Cleaning agents that remove blood stains from a mattress include hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and lemon juice. Prepare a paste, apply it to the blood stains, then let it sit before wiping down.
Blood on a mattress can be from cuts, a nose bleed, or period blood. Whatever the case, removing the blood stains is essential as soon as you notice them. This article will focus on tips for removing blood stains from your mattress.
Before getting rid of the stains, let's explore some helpful tips that will increase your chances of success:
- Use cold water instead of warm or cold water. Higher water temperatures make the stains harder to remove. Moreover, hot water can leave a permanent mark.
- Remove all bedding and accessories before cleaning. You can wash these items separately.
- Dab instead of rubbing so that you do not spread the stain. It would be best if you did this when dealing with all types of stains.
- Wear protective clothing such as rubber gloves, especially if the blood is fresh for hygiene and health purposes.
Methods To Remove Blood Stains From A Mattress
The procedure to use depends on the type of mattress as well as the age of the stain. Below, we will look at the most effective methods to remove blood stains.
The methods are:
Use Of An Enzyme Cleaner
Enzyme cleaners are products used on most fabrics to clean even the most stubborn stains and are, therefore, great for blood stains.
When picking an enzyme cleaner, ensure you choose the right one. Different stains have different molecules. Therefore, pick an enzyme cleaner that will work for you. Protease enzymes work on protein stains, making them perfect for eliminating blood stains.
We recommend that you follow the directions given on the bottle on the use of the cleaner. Additionally, do not apply the enzyme cleaner directly onto the mattress. Instead, pour the enzyme cleaner onto a clean towel and then gently dab the stain with the towel making sure not to spread it. Give it time to dry, and repeat the process until you eliminate the stain. After that, remove the residue left.
Use Of Cold Water
This is the most common method as water is readily available to most people. Moreover, blood dissolves in cold water.
For this method, mix cold water with available cleaning detergent. Next, gently soak a section of a clean towel with the mixture and gently pat the stain. Repeat the steps if you do not eliminate the blood on the first try.
Use Of Meat Tenderizer
What a way to use a meat tenderizer, right? It feels ironic too!
The enzymes found in meat tenderizers are perfect for breaking down protein in blood. As a result, meat tenderizers can be used to get rid of blood stains. Mix a tablespoon of meat tenderizer with two tablespoons of water. Gently stir the two into and apply the paste on to the blood stain.
Use a brush to remove the dried up paste.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide
Unlike the previous methods, hydrogen peroxide utilizes different ways to get rid of blood stains. These include:
- Creating a stain remover paste.
This method requires hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and table salt. Mix a quarter hydrogen peroxide with a bottle top of liquid dish soap and a fraction of table salt. Apply the mixture onto the blood stain and allow it to dry. Once dry, remove the residue.
If there are leftover stains, use a white towel dampened with hydrogen peroxide to get rid of them.
- Pour hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain.
Pour a dab of hydrogen peroxide on the blood stain and wait for about 10 minutes. When you are sure, there is no longer a trace of blood, rinse the mattress area with cold water. Next, use a white towel to soak the liquid from the mattress.
We recommend using white towels as they prevent dye transfer.
- Mix hydrogen peroxide, salt, and corn starch to form a paste.
Apply this method only to stubborn blood stains. Mix equal amounts of cornstarch and hydrogen peroxide. Add salt and stir to form a paste. Apply this paste to the blood stain and leave it for thirty minutes.
Next, use a toothbrush to remove the paste. Pat the area with cold water and a towel until there is no visible stain.
Note that hydrogen peroxide could lead to mild bleaching. Therefore, please do not use it on bright or dark mattresses.
Use Of Baking Soda
Like Hydrogen peroxide, you can use baking soda applied in several ways to remove blood stains. The two methods of baking powder are:
- Use a mixture of baking powder and water.
This method uses a portion of baking powder and double the water amount. Stir into a paste and apply it to the stained area. Leave it for thirty minutes, then rinse it with a towel dipped in cold water. Next, dry the area with a clean cloth.
- Use a mixture of baking soda, white vinegar, and water.
Use this method with a fresh small blood stain. First, blot the mattress to remove any moisture. Next, gently sprinkle baking soda around the stain, and spray water, followed by the white vinegar.
Leave it for about 30 minutes as the solution breaks the blood and absorbs it, and then clean the area. Repeat the process if you cannot remove the stain on the first try.
Using Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is not only a great juice, but you can also use it to remove blood stains!
For this method, scrape and rinse around the bloodstained area. Next, pour lemon juice and allow the mattress section to soak in the juice for about 10 minutes. After that, dry it with a clean cloth.
Tips To Remember
- Remove the blood stain as soon as you notice it to reduce the chances of drying up.
- Suppose a method does not work right away. Repeat it severally, then move to another if you still do not get results.
- Dab the blood stain instead of rubbing it to avoid spreading the stained area.
How To Protect Your Mattress From Blood Stains
- Use a mattress protector. In addition to the security element of mattress protectors, they also extend the life of a mattress by preventing wear and tear.
- If the person using the mattress is sick or in the menstrual cycle, add a mattress protection layer. It can be a thick towel or an absorbent material.
- Check and dress wounded areas before you get into bed.
- Check menstrual products before lying on your bed.
- Use of a mattress topper. Although mattress toppers are not as effective as mattress protectors, they are an additional layer on your mattress that can prevent blood from getting on. They are helpful where there is minor bleeding.
Mattress protectors and toppers are essential in maintaining mattress hygiene. On top of that, great quality protectors also add comfort.
Even with all the mattress protection tips, preventing blood from getting on your mattress may be impossible. The good news is that most methods of removing blood stains use readily-available products that need no expertise.
However, consult a trusted mattress vendor for assistance if you encounter a stubborn stain.
Feruza is a mom and a blogger. She had a neck pain for 15 years, which made her interested in everything about pillows.
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