Accidents do happen, and we find our mattresses stained with blood. When this happens, we don’t throw the mattress away neither do we try to cover up the stain with, say bed sheets because the stains are not so good to look at. Unfortunately, blood stains are hard to remove because blood contains protein which makes it cling to your mattress’ fiber quickly and firmly. Thus, if it’s possible, always be quick to remove the stain before it sits for too long on the mattress as you might be forced to take much longer to remove it afterward.
Luckily, there are preventive measures like using protective covers on your mattress to prevent blood stains among other spills. This article will focus on the various methods of removing blood stains from a mattress, both fresh and dried blood stains, and I will keep it simple because you don’t have to spend so much just to remove a blood stain.
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#1 Table salt, cornstarch and hydrogen peroxide
In a bowl, mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch, 1 tbsp of table salt and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide. Once mixed well, spread the mixture on the blood stain using a spoon or anything else that might feel comfortable for you then wait till it dries. Once dry, brush off all the dried paste using the same spoon you used to apply and confirm if the blood stain has come off. Most of the time you will get the entire stain out with the first application but if not, repeat the process until you have removed the entire stain.
#2 Cold saltwater, spray bottle, dry cloth/paper towels
Get 1 cup of cold water and add 2 tbsp of salt then mix well to dissolve the salt. Next, transfer the solution into the spray bottle then proceed to spray it on the blood stain. Spray as much as possible then use the dry cloth or paper towels to blot it. After the first spray, you should notice the stain coming off once the cloth starts absorbing the blood and you will know that the stain is completely removed once the cloth comes out clean.
#3 Meat tenderizer and cold water
Get a big bowl and mix 2 tbsp of cold water with 1 tbsp of meat tenderizer. Once mixed, you should have a thick paste which you should then apply on the bloodstained area. Leave it to set in for 1 hour then brush it out with your fingers or a toothbrush. Repeat the process if you still can see traces of the stain.
#4 Hydrogen peroxide and a dry cloth
This is the easiest way to remove a blood stain from a mattress. Just put 3% of hydrogen peroxide on the blood stain and give it like 30 seconds to set in. It will then start to bubble, and you should let it bubble for about one minute then blot the area with a dry cloth. Repeat the process if need be.
#5 Water and baking soda
Depending on the size of the stain, apply enough baking soda to cover it up completely then add water twice the amount of the baking soda. Wait for the paste to dry up then scrape it away and repeat if need be. If you don’t have baking soda, use cornstarch instead.
#6 White vinegar, spray bottle, water
In the spray bottle, pour a cup of water then add 2 tbsp of white vinegar then mix well by shaking it for some seconds. Next, spray the solution directly on the blood stain then blot it with some paper towels. Remember, do not rub the stain with the paper towels in the process as this will only spread it further. Repeat the process until you notice that the paper towels are coming out with no traces of blood on them. If you don’t have vinegar, mix water and bleach, but the bleach should be twice the amount of water then go ahead to spray and blot as you would with a vinegar-water mixture.
#7 Detergent and water
Mix 2 cups of cold water with 1 tbsp of liquid dish soap in a large bowl. Once well mixed, soak a white towel or cloth in the mixture then apply on the blood stain. Give it some few minutes then using a toothbrush, brush the stained area and rinse the area with a wet cloth. If the stain won’t go away with the first attempt, repeat the process till when you are satisfied. This process works best with fresh blood. With old or dried blood stains, you might have to go over the stain several times before it clears out.
#8 Ammonia and water
In a bowl, mix 1 cup of cold water with 1 tbsp ammonia. Put the solution in a spray bottle then proceed to spray the bloodstained area leaving it to set in for about five minutes. Then, using a clean cloth, blot the area and repeat the process as needed.
#9 Shaving cream
Spray some shaving cream on the bloodstained area then give it some few minutes before blotting it with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.
Note1: Blood is protein, thus using warm or hot water in the process of cleaning the stains will do more harm. Again, you might be tempted to dry the spot by ironing it especially if you are getting in bed immediately. By ironing the spot before the stain is completely removed will set the stain making it impossible to remove. Blood stains should only be rinsed with cold water.
Note2: When removing a blood stain from a mattress, avoid scrubbing or rubbing the stained area as this will spread the stain further into the fabric. Instead, blot or dab at the stain as you remove it.
Note3: When removing a dried blood stain, moisten the stain first using a sponge before applying any remedy. And, after you are done removing the stain and confirming that there are no more stains left, clean the remaining paste or solution using a dampened cloth. Then, dry the area with a cloth/towel and finally air-dry your mattress before placing the sheets.