Bleeding on a memory foam mattress? Here's how to get rid of it!

2023-01-09 00:01:24 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

To Be Updated Again on: December 21, 2022

A third of your life is spent asleep, which is a fact you probably already know. Now, consider the wear and tear that occurs on your mattress over that lengthy time frame. Quite a lot Furthermore, let's be honest: mishaps are possible.

Knowing how to get rid of blood stains on a mattress is useful whether you got a cut or scab, your kid hopped on the bed with a bloody nose, or Aunt Flo showed up when you least expected it.

In this article, we will discuss easy methods for removing blood stains from a mattress, as well as suggestions for maintaining a clean mattress to avoid future mishaps.

Methods for Removing Blood Stains from a Memory Foam Mattress

  • Conserve your composure Never use hot water on a blood stain; it could permanently set the stain.
  • Use a dab rather than a rub. Spreading the stain by rubbing it can make matters worse.
  • If you need a deeper clean, grab a more potent cleaning solution. Blood stains on a mattress can be removed using either an enzymatic cleaner or ammonia.
  • Prevent stains by being proactive Protecting your bed with a mattress protector can help prevent accidents.
Woman pressing down on a clean memory foam mattress

Let's take a look at some useful pre-cleaning strategies before we dive into the specific tools you'll need to remove blood stains from your mattress.

One important thing to keep in mind is that cold water should be used consistently In fact, using warm or hot water can permanently set the stain. Replace it with cold water to aid in the stain's removal.

Consequentially, always Instead of rubbing, try dabbing Indeed, this is the case with the majority of stains, such as when trying to remove dirt, sweat, or urine from a mattress. As the saying goes, rubbing in the dirt only makes it dirtier.

It's best to remove the sheets and pillows from the bed so that they can be washed separately. You can now remove the blood stain from your mattress after you have made your bed.

Baking soda for removing blood stains from mattress

We advise beginning with a gentle approach if the stain can be addressed quickly. Because blood is easily removed by cold water, you can start there. Use a cloth dampened in cold water to dab at the stain until it disappears; just be careful not to soak the mattress.

Use baking soda if the stain won't budge. Methods for using baking soda to treat blood stains on a mattress are as follows:

  • To begin, use cold water to dab at the stain, as we described above. The key is to first absorb as much of the stain's moisture as possible before cleaning it.
  • Finally, after waiting for at least 30 minutes, sprinkle a lot of baking soda on the stain and let it sit. The moisture-absorbing properties of baking soda are well-known.
  • Finally, wipe the baking soda away with a (cold) damp cloth.
  • If the stain persists, repeat the process.

While it may be more difficult, dried blood on a mattress can be removed. The combination of salt and hydrogen peroxide is what you want to use on lingering blood stains.

Full strength hydrogen peroxide can be used, but it won't do any good if poured directly onto a memory foam mattress; the liquid will quickly permeate all layers and take days to dry. Make a paste to remove the stain instead. This is how:

  • Mix a paste of half a cup of corn starch, half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt. The mixture can be thinned out or thickened up to the consistency of toothpaste.
  • Apply cold water to the blood stain to dampen it before applying the paste.
  • Use a spoon, spatula, or a soft-bristled toothbrush to spread the paste over the entire stain.
  • Give it 30 minutes to sit. As the paste dries, the hydrogen peroxide inside will begin to fizz.
  • Repeat blotting with a clean, damp cloth to remove the stain and the hydrogen peroxide solution once the bubbling stops.
  • The mattress must be allowed to air dry completely before any bedding can be placed back on it.

Among the most common mattress stains is period blood, but there's no need to feel ashamed. Fortunately, it can be easily cleaned, but only if you act quickly enough to prevent the stain from setting. Use a paste made of half a cup of cornstarch, half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt to remove a period stain. Use cold water to dampen the stain, and then apply the paste. For the next 30 minutes, watch as the mixture begins to bubble. Remove the stain and the hydrogen peroxide solution with another dabber of clean water after the bubbling stops.

Bucket and cleaning supplies for a memory foam mattress

If you don't have time to make one of the do-it-yourself solutions we suggested, a commercial-grade cleaner is always a good backup plan. A few more strategies for getting rid of blood stains on mattresses are provided below, along with a cautionary tale about a method that should be avoided.

Cleansing Enzymes

Enzymatic cleaners are the most common type of fabric cleaner you'll find in the laundry section of the supermarket. These common products work by dissolving the stain, making it easier to clean up. Choose an enzymatic cleaner designed for use on upholstery, fabrics, or mattresses. Therefore, you can rest assured that no further harm will be caused. Instead of spraying or pouring directly onto your mattress, blot the area with a towel or rag. Once it's dry, use a vacuum to get rid of any dust or debris that may have accumulated.


Ammonia is another potent cleaner that can be used on stubborn stains. A tablespoon of ammonia and about a cup of cold water (a little goes a long way here) is all you need for this method. ) Dab the stain with a towel that has been dipped into the ammonia solution. Keep doing that until the spot disappears.

Warning: If you must try this, do so only with gloves and a window open.

Tenderizer, or Meat

The proteins in blood can be broken down by using meat tenderizer, which is the same seasoning mixture you use to make steaks more tasty. Make a paste from the meat tenderizer and cold water, then pat it onto the stain to see if it helps. Leave covered for an hour. Follow up by removing it with a dry towel blot.


If you've heard that Coca-Cola (or another carbonated cola) can be used to get rid of blood stains, you're not alone. Despite its odd appearance, does it function? The carbonation and phosphoric acid in cola are thought to be responsible for removing stains. Although we haven't put it to the test, we've heard from many people that it effectively removes blood stains from bedding and clothing. Memory foam mattresses cannot be thoroughly cleaned after this process, so we do not advise trying to clean up blood there.

Marc's Tip

Never, ever, ever put anything back on a wet mattress before you've given it plenty of time to dry out in the air. If you need some fresh air, crack a window or put up a fan. If you can move the mattress outside, sunlight will also do the trick.

While it's impossible to completely avoid getting stains on your mattress, there are steps you can take to minimize their impact.

Get a good mattress protector as soon as possible. Protect your mattress from accidents, stains, and spills with a mattress protector. Our GhostProtector mattress protector is made with a durable waterproof layer beneath a soft knit top for peaceful sleep.

A mattress topper, an extra cushioning layer placed on top of your existing mattress, is another option to think about. You can use a mattress topper and a mattress protector together because traditional mattress toppers aren't waterproof and aren't as protective as mattress protectors. The GhostBed Memory Foam Topper is convenient because it combines a supportive layer of gel memory foam with a protective, waterproof cover.

Since you are now an expert on mattress care and stain removal, GhostBed is here to assist you in assembling your bedroom suite. Protect your mattress and get a better night's rest with the following products.

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