We sometimes wish to toss our mattresses into the washing machine and have them come out spot-free. But unfortunately, they don’t make machines as big enough, and it can get super hard to get rid of those stubborn bloodstains on your otherwise perfect mattress.
Let’s face it, accidents happen, and sometimes you get a surprise period, or sometimes your kids get injured. If left on for too long, these bloodstains on mattresses can become a pain to remove, but luckily we have managed to crack the code for getting the blood-stained mattress to sparkle like it’s new.
Unlike most tips on the internet, ours work because we’ve tried them all out personally. Multiple times.
So whether you’re a mom or a young teen reading these tips wishing to hide the stains from your mom, these tips work. Guaranteed.
Here are the five best ways to get rid of blood stains on your mattress:
Soap bars are more potent, and they are a lot better at removing dried-up stains. Wet the stained area with very little water and then scrub the surface with the soap bar. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes, then wipe/ rinse the soap off from that specific area alone.
If you can’t find the Vanish bar, the Fels Naptha is also an excellent option! This method to remove stains is on the top of our list because it is fast and not overly messy.
The minute you see the stain, you should take action and use a white rag soaked in cold water to blot the area. Hot water often works on setting the stain further, and therefore it might not be an ideal choice. However, the white rag will absorb most of the blood off the mattress into itself, ensuring that most of the blood does not seep through the mattress.
During the blotting process, it might be best not to let the mattress soak with water because it can take forever to dry, and it can also lead to mold in latex and memory foam mattresses.
Bonus Tip: Use Cornstarch, Salt And Hydrogen Peroxide
This tip is for all the chemistry fans who coincidentally have all these things lying around their homes. A mixture of cornstarch remover and 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide paired with a tablespoon of salt can help remove the stain. Please mix all this separately before applying on the affected area.
Disclaimer: If your innerspring mattress is not made. Hydrogen peroxide is also reactive, and it creates foam when it is reacting with blood. Ensure that the foam stays on the stain region and doesn’t spread elsewhere. (1)
Lemon can be a great, organic lightening agent, and it’s less likely to change/modify your mattress covers color if left on for too long. Rub a half-cut lemon over the stained area and use a dry sponge to pick off the stain from the mattress.
If you’ve ordered a mattress in a box from Canada and are unsure of the fabric. Then it might be best for you to play it safe and only use materials that wouldn’t damage the mattress.
Using washing powder to treat blood stains is an instinctive move since we do lean towards washing powders for all types of stains by default. An enzymatic washing powder should quickly deal with minor to mid-size bloodstains. A liquid detergent can be a much better way to treat the stains if you apply it directly to the stained area instead of diluting it with water first.
While it may not be ideal for letting a bloodstain sit and get old, sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and prioritize other things. You can remove old blood stains from mattresses with vinegar by applying the vinegar directly to the stained area and letting it sit for 30 minutes. Dab a slightly wet sponge on the area after 30 minutes to pick up the bloodstains from the mattress.
Cleaning the bloodstains of your mattress while you have a work meeting going on the side isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So how do we eliminate the problem? Here are a couple of fixes that can help.
We can toss a mattress protector in the wash, and they give your bed that hotel bedroom feeling. You can even get your mattress protector in an easy-to-wash fabric.
A removable mattress cover can be another easy alternative, even though it can be challenging to get it off the mattress compared to a mattress protector. But it weighs a lot less and will be easier to wash in the laundry. (2)
While washing your entire mattress might be the ideal way to get rid of any blood stains or mess on your mattress. In the wrong conditions, that area will promote the growth of pathogens that can potentially leave you and your loved ones at the risk of harm. (3)
If you do decide to take the hard route and attempt to wash your mattress by rinsing through the whole thing with soap and water. Make sure that you take care of your back after using a mattress designed to alleviate back pain.
So that’s my guide for removing blood stains from a mattress.
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Yurii Brown is the Founder and Sleep Content Writer at SleepingNorth. Within his first year running the website, he has published over 50 articles that educate readers on sleep and help them find the most suitable sleep products. He pays more attention to analyzing each mattress construction, the different materials used within it, the feel each material contributes, and the best sleeping position they would work for. Having properly examined each product, he provides in-depth reviews that cut to the chase and provide readers with the value they need for more restorative sleep hygiene.