Has your mattress ever been stained with blood? This is a common situation that can happen, for example, when women are in their days or due to any wound or cut that we have, but which, contrary to what we may believe, does have a solution. It is true that blood stains are among the most difficult to remove completely, especially when they dry and adhere strongly to the fabric. In addition, the task of cleaning them is complicated when they occur on surfaces that cannot be easily washed, such as mattresses. However, with the right products and following the advice that we show in this One HowTo article, it is possible to effectively remove blood stains from a mattress , take note!
Steps to follow:
There are several methods that can be used to remove blood stains from a mattress , but before seeing which products will offer the best results, it is very important that when faced with a stain of this type on your bed, you carry out the step that we explain below. It is about, first, giving a few small ones on the blood stain with a cloth or sponge soaked in cold water. This will dry out the area a bit and make it easier to remove completely. Of course, it is essential that you use cold water instead of hot water, since the latter can have the opposite effect and make the stain stick much more to the fabric.
At the end, absorb the moisture from the area with the help of a dry cloth, also giving light touches and without rubbing to prevent the stain from spreading.
As you know, there are many commercial stain remover products that can help you in the task of removing traces of blood from your mattress , but on many occasions these are quite expensive, we do not have them on hand or they do not offer the results we expect. For this reason, below we are going to show you simple products and ingredients that you can have at home and that will effectively act on the stain, making it disappear completely.
The first method consists of using a very simple mixture: water and salt. The combination is perfect for removing those fresh blood stains that occur on clothing or items that cannot be washed in the washing machine, such as a mattress. You just have to mix 2 tablespoons of salt with 1 cup of cold water and pour the preparation into a spray bottle. Then, spray the preparation on the stain and rub it with the help of a dry cloth until it disappears or until the cloth can no longer absorb any more blood. Then, rinse the area with a cloth dampened in cold water and, finally, dry it.
You can make the same mixture using baking soda instead of salt, as this product is also very effective in removing stains on fabrics.
On other occasions, you will not need to resort to methods like the previous one and it may be enough to clean the blood stain with a mixture of soap and water. To do this, we recommend that you use a common detergent, such as the one you use to wash the dishes, and that you always apply it on freshly made blood stains, since those that are dry will be difficult to remove with this mixture.
To start, soak the stained area with a cloth dampened in cold water. Next, add 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent to 2 cups of cold water and dampen a cloth with the mixture. Pass the cloth over the stain to apply the soap and water mixture and with the help of a clean toothbrush, brush the area gently. Finally, rinse with a clean cloth soaked in cold water and dry with another dry cloth.
If you have not been able to remove the blood stain from the mattress with any of the above techniques, then we advise you to resort to the use of hydrogen peroxide , which is much more effective in extracting this type of stain and also serves to whiten the fabrics. For the latter and because it can be a bit aggressive, it is convenient that you first make sure that its use is suitable for the type of fabric of your mattress.
You just have to pour a little hydrogen peroxide on the stain, leave it to act for about 30 seconds, approximately, and then dry with a clean, dry cloth, rinse with cold water and dry again to remove excess moisture. Repeat the process if you verify that the stain has not yet completely disappeared.
On the other hand, when it comes to very difficult to remove and resistant blood stains, resorting to ammonia is a great option. First, you will have to prepare the appropriate solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 glass of cold water and, once it is ready, apply a little of the mixture on the stain. Let it act for about 5 minutes and, after this time, dry with a cloth, rinse with a cloth dampened in cold water and, finally, dry again with a dry cloth. After this, the stain should be completely gone.6
But what can you do against those hard-to-remove dried blood stains ? When the blood has already dried and has become more impregnated in the mattress fabric, the task becomes more complicated. However, there is a mixture that seems to be miraculous and that will allow you to deal with those resistant stains. First of all, you will need to gather the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup of water
- 5 drops of ammonia
- 1/2 cup of cornmeal
To start, mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mixture to the blood stain directly and let it sit until the prepared mixture dries completely on the mattress. When this happens, remove any remains that may have remained with a cloth moistened with water and voila! The stain should have been removed.
We know that deep cleaning a mattress is quite a tedious task, but very necessary to keep it in perfect condition and ensure our daily rest. At One How To we show you all the steps you need to follow to do it right.