We all know how tricky removing blood stains can be, especially if you’re dealing with a delicate fabric. If your bed looks like it was freshly delivered from an episode of a bloody movie, you should probably consider getting a new mattress. If that’s not an option, then you should know how to get blood out of a mattress.
Fortunately, even the most stubborn stains can be removed with these stain-removing techniques. The best part? Everything you need to get rid of the rougher stains is probably already in your home.
In this guide, we look at each of them in detail.
Getting Ready for the Cleaning Process
Before you begin the process, check to see if you have the following items.
Removing Blood Stains from a Mattress/Sheets
How do you get blood out of a mattress?
The above ingredients will help you remove two types of stains.
1. Fresh Blood Stains
2. Dried Blood Stains
Let’s look at each one of them exhaustively.
How to Get Blood Out of a Mattress (Step by Step)
Fresh blood stains are the easiest to remove. Immediately there are blood spills on your mattress, there are several methods you can use to remove it quickly and fast.
1. Cold Water
Fresh blood stains dissolve easily in cold water. So, the first step is to get a white rag or paper towel (avoid colored items as they might stain the mattress cover) and dip it in cold water.
Next, dab the blood sport -don’t rub as it may push the stain deeper into your mattress. Be careful not to wet the mattress surface too much, because you need it to dry as quickly as possible to prevent mildew growth.
Rinse the towel or sponge and repeat the process as needed.
2. Salt Water Rinse
Sometimes accidents happen when you’re on the go. For instance, periods stains on the bed. If you have limited stain removal options available at the moment, salt can do the trick. Plain table salt and cold water work perfectly in removing blood out of the mattress.
To get started, do the following:
- Dip a cloth or sponge in water and wring it out any excess water.
- Dab the stained area on the mattress
- Mix a lot of salt with a small amount of water to make a salt paste
- Rub the salt paste into the blood stain
- Dab the spot again to clean up excess stains
- Repeat the process until the salt and stain are removed.
Dry the area completely before sleeping on it to avoid mold growth.
3. Baking Soda
For those who want to go the natural way, baking soda and vinegar is a tested solution that can remove even the toughest stains on your mattress.
Here is how to get started with baking soda:
- Mix part of baking soda with a small amount of cold water
- Using a white paper towel or rag, apply the mixture directly to the stain. You can also spray white vinegar on the area in this step.
- Leave it for about 30 minutes
- Rinse up the excess solution with a clean cloth, or you can vacuum clean the residue with an upholstery vacuum.
- Continue dabbing the area with a clean cloth then let it dry. You can use a fan to speed up the process.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is another effective method used to deal with fresh blood stains. But, start by testing it on a small portion to make sure it doesn’t affect your fabric.
To start off, follow these steps:
- Begin by mixing a small portion of hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon of salt, or one tablespoon of liquid detergent to form a paste.
- Dab the mixture on the area and let it sit to dry for about 30 minutes.
- The paste may foam up, so make sure the foam doesn’t spread beyond the stained area to prevent the stain from spreading.
- Use a sponge or clean cloth to wipe away the foam.
- Apply the peroxide on the stained area again and continue dabbing until the stain is removed to your liking.
- Leave the area to dry completely.
How do you remove dried blood stains? Here are simple ways to get started.
It happens that the blood stains may go unnoticed for too long. A dry stain can be hard to get out, but some powerful methods should make the process a bit easier.
1. Meat Tenderizer Method
If you have tried all the steps above and nothing seems to be working, it’s time to try a stronger method like the meat tenderizer. The natural enzymes present in team tenderizer, papain, and bromelain, work wonders to break down the proteins in the blood.
- Start by making a paste by mixing one tablespoon of meat tenderizer powder with two teaspoons of cold water.
- Gently rub the paste onto the blood stain and leave it to dry for about an hour.
- Wipe dry the paste with a cloth soaked in cold water. Make sure the area is cleaned completely.
- Dab the area with a dry towel to remove any remaining moisture.
2. Enzyme Cleaner
Although it’s not homemade, an enzyme-cleaner is the best way to clean tough stains. But it’s best if you try to remove the stains with homemade items, such as baking soda before you visit the store to get an enzyme cleaner.
Oxygenated enzyme cleaner will break down the blood stain at a molecular level. They are powerful cleaners than your ordinary cleaning solutions at home. Make sure you read the instructions on the product before using it. Also, check to confirm that the cleaner can be used on upholstery and fabrics.
3. The Cornstarch Method
For more stubborn blood stains, a mixture of cornstarch can create the right amount of lift to bust any stain for good.
To get started do the following:
- Mix a ½ cup of cornstarch, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, and one tablespoon of salt to create a thick paste.
- Apply the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Work it out with a toothbrush to ensure it lifts the stain as much as possible.
- Dab the paste with cold water and a wet towel. Allow the area to dry completely until the stain is gone.
- Repeat the process until the stain is removed to your liking
Sometimes blood spills and dries up quickly. For these tough stains, you need to up your cleaning game with a stronger ingredient such as ammonia. Probably among the harshest options, ammonia is poisonous if swallowed and can damage fabrics that are fragile, like wools or silks. So, you would want to be careful when using it.
- Add a tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of colder water.
- Use a clean towel to dab at the blood stain until it lifts.
- Continue to dab any remaining ammonia until it’s completely dry.
Saliva Still Works
If you have no access to all of the above items, there’s still one more option that works as fine as these methods: saliva. I know it sounds funny, but it actually works as it contains natural enzymes that help in the breakdown of the blood stain.
How to Get Period Blood Out of a Mattress and Bedsheets
The most common cause of stubborn blood stains in a bed is menstruation. It’s easier to remove stains on sheets than a mattress. Simply, pretreat them with the methods above before throwing them in the washing machine.
Although the stains are hard to remove on a mattress, there are several effective ways to help lift the tough stains.
1. Use Aspirin on sheets
Crush up some aspirin and add some water to form a thick paste. Apply it to the area and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Once the paste is fully dried, toss it in the washing machine and launder as usual.
2. Use WD-40
WD-40 is a handy household item that is used in removing gum in your hair. It can also be used to remove blood stains. Simply spray the stained area with WD-40 until saturation, then launder the area as usual.
3. Remove Blood with Cola
Coca-Cola (yes, the popular soda) is also a great stain remover. It contains carbonic and phosphoric acid, which helps break down stubborn stains. Apply a small amount on the area and dab until the stains are completely removed.
Over to You!
At this point, your mattress or bed sheet should look as good as new. After the blood stain has come off, consider adding a mattress protector to prolong the life of your mattress. It’s easier to clean a removable mattress cover while protecting the mattress from the accidental pet or human stains.
Don’t let those blood stains ruin your beddings.