So you’ve discovered that you got a nasty blood stain in your mattress. Oh, no! What are you going to do next? Of course, don’t panic. The right way to deal with that tough looking blood stain is to act on it immediately. Keeping the blood stain for long will only make it more difficult to remove once the stain becomes hard and dry.
If buying a new mattress is not an option, then you don’t have to worry for we have several easy solutions that might help you take out those tough blood stains out of your precious mattress. Here are some of those solutions that you can use to remove them:
First of all you may need to prepare or have the following materials:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Corn starch
- Talcum powder
- Meat tenderizer
- Paper towels or clean white cloth/rag
- A pair of gloves (optional)
To clean your mattress with water and detergent
If the blood stain is still fresh, using water and detergent might just be the trick. Most of the time, this method is effective enough to make the blood stain disappear.
- Get a clean rag or white cloth then run it with water. Place a few amounts of detergent on top of the blood stain and gently dab it.
- Do not wet your mattress too much so that you can easily dry it. Too much water may be hard to have your mattress dried out. Once you’ve left it wet, mold and mildew might grow which will make it more difficult to handle.
- Remember, don’t use hot water for it might cause the blood stain to somehow harden which will make the stain difficult to remove and set in.
Cleaning with baking soda
It is funny how a simple ingredient such as baking soda can help in so many ways in our everyday lives, especially in our household. Many of us know that baking soda is one of the perfect substitutes or replacements for many household cleaning materials. It is an all-around cleaning wonder that is not only easy to find but inexpensive as well. To use baking powder, here’s how to do it:
Baking soda and water combination
- Combine one part of baking soda with two parts of water.
- Apply this mixture using a white cloth or rag.
- Let it sit for around 30 minutes. Once done, rinse it using clean water with white cloth or rag then gently dab the area with blood stain once again.
- Air dry the stained area using a fan or let it stand in open air with your windows open.
Baking soda and vinegar combination
- Apply the baking soda on the stain directly then follow it with a spray of white vinegar.
- Leave it to bubble for about 30 minutes.
- Using a white cloth or rag, dab the area with clean cloth or rag until you see that stain is gone. You may want to use a small vacuum, if you have one, to remove the residue.
- Just remember that vinegar may cause a powerful odor so you may want to rinse it well and air dry it longer to remove the smell.
Using a meat tenderizer
So as to be clear, make sure that this is a meat tenderizer powder and not the hammer that you use when cooking, okay? Meat tenderizers have an active ingredient called bromelain and papain which are natural enzymes that can help break down proteins. Since blood contains protein, it can help loosen them up on your mattress. Here’s how to use it:
- Mix a tablespoon of the meat tenderizer and 2 teaspoons of water to make a paste.
- Apply this mixture on the stain and let it dry for about an hour.
- Remove it gently by using a brush or a soaked clean cloth or rag.
- Once the stain is removed dab dry with clean cloth or rag.
- Let it air dry.
Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide Mixture
When the blood stain have already harden and becomes too tough to remove, hydrogen peroxide works well in masking the stain and making it look clean. There are 2 mixtures you can use as paste.
- First option: Combine ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, a tablespoon of dish soap or liquid detergent and a tablespoon of salt to make a paste or;
- Second option: Combine ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of cornstarch and a tablespoon of salt to make a paste.
- Dab this mixture on the blood stain and leave it for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the hardened paste with a spatula, spoon or old toothbrush.
- Put ample amount of hydrogen peroxide on a white cloth then dab it on the blood stain area until it is removed.
Another way to use hydrogen peroxide is to mix it with water with a 50-50 ratio. Spray it directly on the stain and let it form to a foam. Remove the excess mixture using a clean cloth or rag. Repeat the whole process until the stain is completely gone. Use water to completely rinse the mixture and wash bed linens.
Make sure that you use hydrogen peroxide with care as it has bleaching components. Read the ingredients carefully so that you will not end up ruining your fabric.
Cleaning with Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is also effective in removing those rough blood stains. They are good substitute in making a paste when you don’t have cornstarch or baking soda.
- Combine talcum powder with water until creating a thick paste.
- Apply the paste directly to the blood stain.
- Let it sit for around 30 minutes. Once done, rinse it using clean water with white cloth or rag then gently dab the area with blood stain once again to dry.
Removing the stain with Ammonia
Ammonia is also considered as one effective solution in removing tough stains. It is powerful in penetrating through those stains and help in loosening them up. However take caution as ammonia should not be used on delicate fabrics such as wool or silk because of its powerful ingredient. Be sure that your kids stay away from it because it is poisonous.
- Combine one tablespoon ammonia with a cup of water.
- Rinse a clean cloth or rag in the mixture then dab it on to the stain until it is removed.
- Using another clean cloth, pat dry the area to remove remaining ammonia solution.
Alternatively you may also want to try using WD-40 to take those blood stains away. Surprisingly this spray can help and is effective in removing tough blood stains since it has dissolving components that loosen up such problems. Simply spray on the stain then wash it off using a damp clean cloth or rag. It is best to use it as soon as you see the blood stain so that it won’t set on the fabric.
Another useful item is aspirin. Just crush a few tablets then mix them in water until you make a paste. Rub it on the stain itself then let it sit for about 30 minutes. Remove the excess away with the same step as the above tips.
When all else fails though, you can use an enzyme cleaner as a last resort. Oxygenated enzyme cleaners are strong solution that can be purchased in most grocery stores. They are also best in removing those tough stains. But be warned that they are poisonous and can be too strong on your fabric that is why you need to carefully read the labels to make sure that it safe when using in your mattress. Do not apply these enzyme cleaners directly on the stain. Make sure to use a clean cloth or rag, this is where you will apply the enzyme cleaner first, then dab it gently on the stain until it loosens or completely gone.
As a final word, removing blood stains can be a daunting task. It can be so frustrating, especially if your mattress is one you cherish. Blood stains can be hard to remove especially on materials that are porous such as upholstery, fabric or carpeting. Most of all they are hard to remove once they have already harden or dried out. That is why it is best that you start cleaning them at first sight. Remove all other stuff on your mattress such as pillows, comforters, sheets or anything else that is on your bed. Once you are done, tackle on removing the blood stain immediately using the tips above.
If you find that cleaning blood stains often happen, then you might want to consider purchasing mattresses that have machine-washable and removable cover so it is easier to remove the stain. You can also look for mattress protectors available online or on your favorite department stores.