No one wants to deal with the aftermath of a bloody accident, least of all on their mattress. But if it happens, don’t despair. You may have already tried the usual methods, but nothing works. Use our guide to get the blood out of your mattress. It will be stain free in no time!
How to remove fresh blood stains
There are a few simple steps you can take to remove the stain.
- Start by removing all affected sheets and pillows on your mattress. View how to remove blood from sheets.
- First, blot the area with a clean white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much of the blood as possible.
- Using cold water and a sponge, lightly blot the area. It is important not to rub the blood stain as this will only force the stain deeper into the fabric.
- Use a clean white cloth or paper towel to dry the area. Repeat the steps above until you have removed as much of the blood as possible.
With blood stains, it is important to use cold water. This is because blood is made up of protein and hot water will cause the proteins to denature and become difficult to remove. Cold water will not only prevent this from happening, but it will also help to break down the blood so that it can be removed easily. In addition, cold water will help to reduce any swelling or bruising that may occur.
How to remove dried blood stains
- To remove a dried blood stain, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of water.
- Apply the mixture to the stain using a clean cloth and scrub gently.
- Rinse the area with clean water and repeat as necessary.
- You can also make a paste using baking soda and water, then apply it to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it off.
Talcum powder is an unorthodox method to remove dried blood stains. The powder will absorb the stain, extract the powder with a damp cloth. Be sure to test the talcum powder on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first, as it may cause discoloration.
- First, start by sprinkling a generous amount of talcum powder onto the stain.
- Then, using a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the powder into the fabric.
- Let it sit for a few minutes before brushing it off.
- If the stain is still visible, repeat these steps until it is completely gone. You may also want to pretreat the area with a Stain Stick or laundry pre-wash.
Another way to use talcum powder is to mix it with cold water to form a thick paste. Work the paste into the stain before allowing it to dry. Then use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dried powder.
An enzyme cleaner is a type of cleaning solution that contains enzymes that break down protein. This makes it ideal for removing dried bloodstains, as well as other protein-based stains.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use one:
- Begin by spraying the enzyme cleaner on the bloodstain.
- Allow the cleaner to sit on the stain for several minutes.
- Next, use a clean cloth to blot the area and absorb the cleaner and stain.
- You may need to repeat this process several times to remove the stain.
- Once the stain is gone, be sure to rinse the area with water and allow it to dry completely before using the mattress again.
How to prevent blood stains in the future
There are several ways to prevent period blood from staining your sheets. Here are a few tips:
1. Use a dark-colored sheet. Blood is easier to spot on a white sheet than it is on a dark one.
2. Place a towel over your sheets before you get in bed. This will absorb any blood that may leak through during the night.
3. Wear a pad or tampon to bed. This is the best way to prevent leaks and stains.
4. If you happen to get blood on your sheets, act quickly!
If you accidentally get blood on your mattress, don’t worry, with a bit of time and the right methods, you can remove the stain and get your mattress looking good as new.