Tips on How to Get Blood Stains Out of Your Mattress
No matter how careful we are, stains happen to the best of us. And while most are no big deal, those pesky red-colored stains, like blood, can seem impossible to remove.
Have you tried everything tactic known to man to no avail? Look no further. Read on to discover seven proven methods to get blood stains out of your mattress.
- For the best chance of successfully removing a stain, try not to let the stain linger – tackle it as soon as possible! As blood dries onto the fabric, it becomes harder to remove.
- Do not use warm or hot water on the stain as this can set the stain further into the fabric. Use cold water instead.
- Before trying to remove the stain, scrape off as much of the blood as you can. This can be done with a blunt knife.
- Be careful to not saturate the mattress itself. It will be incredibly difficult to properly dry and can lead to mold and mildew in your mattress. Remove the cover and clean it separately if that’s possible.
- Invest in a mattress protector to keep it clean in the future
7 Methods of Removing Blood Stains
Before you give up on removing that stubborn blood stain from your mattress, try these seven methods of removal.
1./ Hydrogen Peroxide
This method works best on fresh stains. Apply a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain and blot with a cool wet towel.
Be aware that peroxide acts as a bleaching agent and will ruin anything with color.
1./ Baking Soda
Mix baking soda with water to create a paste, similar to toothpaste consistency. Apply onto the stain and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes, overnight is best, then scrub the stain with a towel and cold water.
1./ Lemon Juice
While you might need something stronger for dried and set stains, lemon juice is a great natural method of removal for fresh stains. Simply rub the stain with half a lemon and sprinkle with table salt.
Let sit for ten minutes then use a towel damp with cold water to draw out both the lemon juice and the blood stain.
4./ Salt and Cold Water
Make sure you use cold water for this method! Dampen the stain with a bit of cold water, then mix regular table salt with a small amount of water to create a paste.
Rub the salt mixture into the stain and remove with a towel and cold water.
This one is a bit strange, but stick with me. The enzymes in saliva are incredibly good at breaking down the enzymes in the blood stain.
Simply spit onto the stain, rub it in, and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Remove with a towel and cold water.
Repeat as needed until the stain has been removed.
7./ Salt, Cornstarch and Hydrogen PeroxideThis is a great method
for tougher stains. Begin by making a paste made of ½ cup of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of salt and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide. You should aim for toothpaste consistency.
Apply a layer of the paste directly onto the stain and allow to dry completely. Once dried, scrape away the paste and vacuum the area. If paste remains, remove with a towel and cold water, never hot!
Repeat this process until the stain is completely removed. 7) Strongest Method For stubborn stains, a more direct method may be needed.
You will need: cold water, salt, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, clean soft cloths, cotton balls, a spoon and a vacuum.
Begin by dampening the stain with cold water, then apply salt and let dry completely, up to two hours. Once dried, scrape away hardened salt layer.
Treat the remaining stain by applying hydrogen peroxide with a cotton ball. Don’t worry if the peroxide starts to bubble, this is the reaction you want.
Once the bubbling stops, blot the area with a clean towel dipped in cold water. Work from the outside in to remove as much of the stain and peroxide together.
Repeat this process as necessary.
If the stain still won’t budge, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water and apply to the stain with a cotton ball. Gently blot from the outside in until the stain is removed. Remember to avoid saturating the mattress.
Once the stain is completely removed, vacuum the area with a wet or dry vacuum. It’s essential that you remove the ammonia and hydrogen peroxide from the mattress to prevent damage to the fibers.
If you’d like, you can also clean the spot with soap and water.
Before you consider your blood stained mattress a goner, try the seven methods on this list!
For best results, begin a stain removal method as soon as the stain occurs, and remember to never use hot water on stains. And of course take necessary protective measures like wearing gloves and safety glasses and be careful not to splash yourself with chemicals.
If you’ve tried every method on this list with no luck, it might be time to replace your mattress or call a professional cleaner.
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