How To Remove Blood Stains From A Mattress
Blood stains are tough and you won’t easily remove them from your mattress because it can’t be accessed on both sides for a thorough scrub. However, blood stains can be removed using different methods and you can actually try to minimize these blood-stains if fast action is taken before the stains dry-up on your mattress. It is for this matter that I have decided to list for you some of the best methods that you may use to get rid of both fresh and dry blood-stains and I think they will be of great importance to you.
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METHOD-1: BLOT BEFORE STAIN REMOVAL:
Blot the stained-section: try to blot the stained-area with a clean cloth but make sure that this cloth is first dampened with cold water. Never use warm-water because this can actually set the stains for good.
Use a dry-cloth to blot the stained-area again: this time use a dry-cloth to blot the area containing the stains. This will actually help to absorb the moisture left by the dampened cloth used that was used at first.
Don’t rub: in every aspect, just blot the stained area because rubbing may cause the blood-stains to spread or sink more deeply into the mattress making stain-removal more difficult.
Repeat the blotting until the stain is removed: you will have to repeat the blotting process until the blood-stain is removed or until the cloth is no longer collecting-up any more blood-stains from the area being cleaned. But in case the blood-stains remain, then try other methods like the ones suggested below.
Choose a desired method for complete removal: there are several methods that can be used to remove blood-stains from a mattress but it is recommended to first use the cold, salt-water method and incase the blood-stains resist after this process, then just proceed to another stronger stain-removal method.
METHOD-2: COLD SALTWATER METHOD (FRESH BLOOD STAIN REMOVAL):
Mix-up salt and cold-water: you will have to mix 2-teaspoons of salt with 1-cup of cold-water and after pour the solution into a spray-bottle. In fact, you should only use cold-water because hot/warm water can set the blood-stains permanently into the mattress.
Spray the solution over the stained-area: get your spray-bottle and then spray over the affected area. But in case you don’t have a spray-bottle, then you may simply wet the stained-area with a white-cloth that has been dampened into a saltwater solution and then blot it over this affected area. In case you’re dealing with a large-stain, then begin on the edges while working towards the center because this helps to strategically contain the blood-stain in order to prevent it from spreading.
Blot the stained area with dry-cloth: after spraying the stained area with the saltwater solution, blot the area with a dry-cloth in order to absorb the solution. However, you may repeat the spraying and blotting until the blood-stain is completely removed or when the dry-cloth is no-longer absorbing any blood. But in case the stain is still visible, then try another stronger stain-removal method.
METHOD-3: DETERGENT AND WATER METHOD (FRESH BLOOD STAIN-REMOVAL):
Mix-up washing detergent with cold-water: this involves mixing 1-tablespoon of liquid dish-washing detergent with 2-cups of cold water in a large-bowl in order to come-up with a detergent-solution.
Use a cloth to apply the solution: you then have to soak a clean, white cloth into the solution and then apply it over the stained area.
Brush the stained-section: after applying the solution to the stained-area, get a toothbrush and begin to gently brush the affected area but scrub to hard because this might cause the stain to spread or even move deeper into the mattress.
Blot the stained-section: try blot the affected-area using a clean, wet-cloth dampened with cold-water in order to rinse-off the detergent and water solution. However, you may repeat the application, scrubbing and rinsing process in necessary until you notice that the blood-stain is completely removed.
Dry the affected area: use a dry cloth or towel to thoroughly dry the cleaned area and make sure that the mattress is completely dried before using it again.
METHOD-4: AMMONIA AND WATER METHOD (FRESH BLOOD STAIN-REMOVAL):
Ammonia has the capability to remove blood-stains from your mattress but avoid using this method in case you have a woolen/fiber mattress because this will weaken the fibers.
Mix ammonia with cold-water: begin by mixing 1-tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2-cup of cold water then pour the solution into a spray bottle.
Spray the solution over the stained-section: start spraying the ammonia solution over the blood-stained area and then let this solution sit for about 5-minutes.
Blot the area with a clean-cloth: after, blot the affected area using a clean-cloth and try not to rub/scrub because the goal is to lift the blood-stain but not to rub into the fabric of your mattress. Additionally, you may repeat the spraying and blotting process until the blood-stain is completely removed or until the cloth is no-longer absorbing any blood when blotting.
Rinse the remaining solution using a dampened cloth: use a cloth that has been dampened with cold-water to rinse-off the remaining solution. Rinse the mattress thoroughly so that all the solution or blood-stains are no-longer visible.
Dry-up the affected area with a dry cloth: use a dry cloth or towel over the mattress in order to absorb the moisture or any remaining solution. Additionally, make sure that the mattress is completely dry before using it again.
METHOD-5: HYDROGEN PERXOXIDE METHOD (FRESH BLOOD-STAIN REMOVAL):
Hydrogen peroxide is a good blood-stain removal but it recommended to use it as a last resort since has bleaching-properties which can easily weaken the mattress fabric.
Moisten the stained section: begin by moistening the stained-area with about 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and then let it sit for about 30-seconds.
Blot the substance with a dry-cloth: after, blot the affected area using a clean dry-cloth and you may also repeat the application and blotting process until the blood-stain is completely removed.
Rinse-off the remaining solution: use a cloth dampened with cold-water to get rid of any remaining solution. Finish by using a dry cloth/towel over the affected area in order to make sure that the mattress is completely dry before using it.
METHOD-6: BAKING-SODA METHOD (FRESH BLOOD STAIN-REMOVAL):
Mix-up baking soda with cold-water: begin by mixing 1-part of baking-soda with 2-parts of cold-water in a large-bowl in order to create a solution.
Apply the solution over the affected-area: apply the baking-soda solution over the stained-area using a clean-cloth and then let it sit for about 30-minutes.
Rinse-off the remaining solution: use a cloth dampened with cold-water to thoroughly rinse any remaining-solution from the affected area.
Use a dry towel/cloth over the affected area: get a dry cloth/towel and use it to absorb any moisture from the affected-area and make sure that the mattress is completely dry before next usage.
METHOD-7: MEAT TENDERIZER METHOD (DRIED BLOOD-STAINS REMOVAL):
Mix 1-teaspoon of meat-tenderizer with 2-teaspoons of cold-water in a small-bowl in order to create a paste.
Apply the paste over the blood-stain and then gently rub with fingers. Let this paste sit for about 1-hour and then brush it off using a cloth. The cloth used to remove any remaining paste should be dampened with cold-water for best results.
Finish by using a dry towel/cloth over affected-section in order to absorb any remaining moisture in order to ensure that your mattress is completely dry before usage.
MEHTOD-8: SALT AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MEHTOD (DRIED-BLOOD STAIN REMOVAL):
Start by mixing 2-tablespoons of cornstarch with 1-tablespoon of salt coupled with 1/4 cup of hydrogen-peroxide in a small-bowl in order to create a paste.
Grab a spoon and use it to apply the paste over the stained area and then let this paste dry completely.
Scrape-off the excess dried-paste using a spoon and then vacuum the affected area completely in order to remove any remaining dried-paste. Repeat the entire process if necessary for best results.