If you have ever gotten blood on your mattress, then you know the difficulty in trying to remove this stubborn stain from an item that you are unable to just pick up and throw in the washing machine. Blood is primarily a protein that, when dried in, is very hard to remove with just soap and water.
Attack the stain as soon as you notice it. The longer the blood is left on the mattress, the harder it will be to remove it. If it is still wet, then blot the area with a clean towel or rag to help remove as much of the blood as you can to avoid it from setting into the fabric of the mattress.
If it has been allowed to dry, then rehydrate the stained area with hydrogen peroxide if you have this available, or use a solution of water and soap to help with this process. When the hydrogen peroxide begins to bubble up, then blot it with a clean towel to remove it and the removed blood. If this has failed to remove all the blood then reapply more if it is needed using the same techniques. If this does not remove the stain entirely, then there are a few simple steps you can do to remove the blood.
If the blood has not set in for an extended period of time you might try mixing a half cup of corn starch, a tablespoon of salt, and a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide together until it has become the consistency of toothpaste.
Apply a layer of this paste to the surface of the stain and allow to air dry completely. Scrape away the dried paste and vacuum up the crumbs. As the salt and hydrogen are the active ingredients in this mixture they will assist in the cleaning by attacking the proteins in the blood. If the first application has not removed the stain, then apply more of the mixture and repeat the steps again.
Another way to approach this issue involves a more direct and quicker method. First, gather a wash rag, bowl or bucket, and a soap type cleanser together. Fill the bowl or bucket with COLD water and mix in your cleanser to the recommended ratio as given by the specific instructions as stated by the cleanser. By using cold water, this will help avoid the stain from setting into the mattress as warm water and the associated evaporation will speed this process of setting faster.
Take your rag and dip it into the water until it is soaking wet. Ring out the excess water, then vigorously scrub the affected area using a rapid back and forth motion working from the outside of the stain toward the center. Avoid over soaking your mattress as this can lead to further migration of the stain and will make it more difficult to dry out later. Rinsing your rag frequently will help you avoid the further spread of blood to other unstained areas of your mattress. Repeat this process until you have removed as much of the stain as possible.
After you have done this process then apply your cleaner directly, undiluted, to your cloth and spread the cleaner over the surface of it by folding your rag in half and rubbing both sides together. After the soap has been spread around the cloth, apply this to the stained area using a forceful, rapid circular motion to bring the blood to the surface.
Again when using this method, scrub from the outside of the stain toward the center to decrease the transferal of the stain to other areas. Reapply more cleanser to your rag and repeat this process. Rinse your rag out and remove as much of the soapy residue as you can using a vigorous circular motion again and rinsing your cloth frequently.
If this has not removed the stain in it’s entirety, then take your wet rag, apply more soap to it and lay it across the stain, allowing it to rest there for about an hour if you have the time to spare. After this, scrub and repeat the process as described above, remembering to rinse and wring out your rag to help remove the soapy residue.
After you have completed this process, dry the area with dry towel by rubbing it vigorously across the stain as well, if you have a wet dry vacuum you may use this to help remove the moisture too. When you have removed as much of the excess liquid as possible, then lay a towel across it to further draw moisture up and out of your mattress. If you need to dry your mattress in a hurry, then a hair dryer will also help speed this drying process along.
Just because you have a blood stain on your mattress does not you mean you need to suffer the embarrassment of having guests use your beds or the expensive purchase of a new mattress. They can be cleaned and thus salvaged using these simple methods as has been described above.
Remembering to clean the area as soon as possible will go a long way to making this an easier chore and by using cold water to combat the area are some of the essential tips to that will go a long way to making this dreaded chore easier and helping you save money.