It is possible to wake up in the morning just to discover you are having your monthly menstrual period during your sleep and this can cause blood stains on your mattress. While it is a good idea to remove such blood stains while they are still fresh or wet, is not always an easy possibility. Getting rid of dried blood stains, especially from a mattress may need more effort and time. Here are some ways on how to remove blood stains on a mattress.
Blot Before Removing the Blood Stain
Before stain removal, consider blotting the stained area of your mattress with a clean cloth which is dampened with cold-water. Avoid using warm water since it can set the blood stains for good. Again, blot the area, but at this time round consider using a clean dry cloth for easier absorption of moisture caused by the dampened cloth.
Additionally, avoid rubbing the stained area since it might make the stain to sink or spread more widely into the mattress. Repeat the entire process of blotting until the stain disappears completely. There are quite a number of ways you can choose to completely remove blood stain from your mattress. However, it is advised to consider using the gentlest method like Cold Saltwater method of removing blood stains.
Cold Saltwater Method
This method is effective when removing fresh blood stains on your mattress. Take one cup of cold water; put two teaspoons of salt to make a solution. Pour this solution into a clean spray bottle and then spray the solution into the stained areas on your mattress. If you can’t access a spray bottle, you can use a clean cloth and wet it with this solution and then it all over the affected area.
If the blood stain on your mattress is a large one, start blotting from the outside towards the center; this will contain the blood stain and also prevent it from spreading. When absorbing the solution, blot the wet spot with a clean, dry cloth. Repeat the blotting and spraying until the stain is removed. You can also use a clean piece of cloth damped with cold-water to completely rinse the remaining saltwater solution and use a cloth or towel to dry the spot.
Hydrogen Peroxide Method
This method is effective on fresh blood stains and hydrogen peroxide is believed to work perfectly on such stains. It is important to know, however, that this chemical contains bleaching properties which can weaken the fabric, so you should use it as the last resort. With this method, moisten the affected spot with approximately 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and allow it to sit for around 30 seconds before blotting the solution with a clean, dry piece of cloth. Just as any other method of removing blood stains on a mattress, repeat the blotting and applying process till the area is stain-free.
Water and Detergent Method
Besides cold-water method of removing blood stain, this is yet another ideal method that can effectively remove stains from your mattress. In this case, pour two cups of cold-water in a bowl and mix it with one teaspoon of liquid dish-washing detergent to prepare a detergent solution. Soak a clean cloth with that solution and apply it to the blood stained areas. Then, brush the affected areas gently with a toothbrush. Avoid scrubbing too hard since this can cause the stain to go deeper into or spread across your mattress. With a clean and wet piece of cloth, blot the affected area to rinse the solution. If needed, repeat the entire process until the stain is completely removed.
Water and Ammonia Method
This method is effective, but not good if you are using a woolen mattress. This is because despite being a good method of removing blood stains in mattress, ammonia can weaken the fibers of your woolen mattress. With a half cup of cold-water, mix one tablespoon of ammonia to make a solution. Put it a clean spray bottle and spray the solution on the stained area. Wait for around five minutes before blotting the area with a clean piece of cloth. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing since your main objective through this method is to lift the blood stain and not actually rubbing it into the mattress’ fabric. Repeat the blotting and spraying process until the stain is completely removed.
Conclusively, apart from the above-discussed methods, there are various methods of removing blood stains on your mattress and with proper use of any of these methods, removing such stains from your mattress couldn’t be a challenging task to deal with anymore.