Blood Stains on a Memory Foam Mattress: A Removal Guide
This page was last revised on December 21, 2022.
Almost a third of your life is spent in bed, which is a fact you probably already know. Consider what your mattress endures over that long period of time. That's a considerable amount of money. And, let's face it, mishaps do happen.
It's always helpful to know how to get rid of blood stains on a mattress, in case you ever get a cut or scab, your kid jumps on the bed with a bloody nose, or Aunt Flo shows up when you least expect it.
Simple methods for removing blood stains from a mattress are discussed, as well as methods for maintaining a clean mattress to avoid future mishaps.
What You Need To Know About Cleaning Blood Stains From A Memory Foam Mattress
- Maintain your composure Blood stains should be removed with cold water, as hot water can permanently set the stain.
- Avoid rubbing in favor of dabbing In some cases, rubbing the stain will only make matters worse.
- If you feel like you need a stronger cleaner, go ahead and grab one. There are a few effective methods for removing blood stains from a mattress, including the use of ammonia and enzymatic cleaners.
- Use preventative measures to avoid stains. Protecting your bed from spills and stains is easier with a mattress protector.
Let's take a look at some helpful hints before we dive into the various tools and chemicals you'll need to successfully remove blood stains from your mattress.
The primary consideration is that Never use warm water; ice water is best. Water that is too warm or too hot can actually set the stain permanently. Use cold water to help flush out the stain instead.
Second, always Apply with a dab instead of a rub All sorts of stains, from dirt and sweat to urine, can be removed in this way, and this includes mattresses. Scrubbing can make the stain worse because it spreads.
Get ready by removing the sheets and pillows from the bed so you can wash them individually. Clearing your bed before attempting to treat a blood stain on it is a good idea.
We advise taking it easy at first if the stain can be treated immediately. Since blood is easily removed by dipping into a container of ice water, this is your first line of defense. To remove a blood stain from a mattress, simply dab it with a cloth dampened in cold water until the stain is gone, taking care not to soak or oversaturate the mattress.
Attempt baking soda if the stain persists. To eliminate blood stains from a mattress, follow these steps:
- As we mentioned above, you should first dab the stain with cold water. The key is to remove as much moisture from the stain as possible before cleaning it.
- The next step is to apply baking soda to the stain and leave it alone for at least 30 minutes. Natural moisture removal is easy with baking soda.
- At last, wipe away the baking soda with a (cold) damp cloth.
- To completely eradicate the stain, repeat the above procedures as many times as necessary.
Blood that has dried on a mattress can be more difficult to remove, but is not impossible to do so. There is a mixture of table salt and hydrogen peroxide that can be used to remove even the most tenacious blood stains.
Full strength hydrogen peroxide can be used, but it will take forever to dry if you pour it directly onto a memory foam mattress. Make a stain-removing paste instead. Following is a breakdown of how:
- Combine a tablespoon of salt, a half cup of hydrogen peroxide, and half a cup of corn starch to make a paste. The mixture can be adjusted to taste, but it should be about the consistency of toothpaste.
- The blood stain should be dampened with cold water before the paste is applied.
- Use a spoon, spatula, or a soft-bristled toothbrush to spread the paste over the entire stain.
- Give it 30 minutes to sit. Hydrogen peroxide will begin to bubble as the paste dries.
- When the bubbles in the hydrogen peroxide solution have subsided, dab the stain again with a clean, damp cloth to remove the stain and the solution.
- Be sure the mattress is completely dry before putting sheets back on it.
One of the most common mattress stains is period blood, but there's no need to feel ashamed. Fortunately, it can be easily cleaned up if you act quickly enough. A paste of half a cup of cornstarch, half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt will remove a period stain. Use cold water to dampen the stain, and then apply the paste. Please wait 30 minutes for the bubbling to begin. Dabbing the stain with a clean, damp cloth after the hydrogen peroxide bubbles have stopped will remove the stain and the solution.
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. Additional mattress stain removal options, as well as one to avoid, are provided below.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning with Enzymes
Enzymatic cleaners are the ones you'll find in the laundry section of the supermarket. These common products work by dissolving the stain so that it can be more easily washed away. Choose an enzymatic cleaner designed for use on upholstery, fabrics, or mattresses. So you can rest assured it won't cause any additional harm. Do not spray or pour directly onto your mattress; instead, use a towel or rag to blot the affected area. Then, after it has dried, use a vacuum to remove any dust or debris that may remain.
Ammonia is another powerful cleaner that can be used on stubborn stains. A tablespoon of ammonia and a cup of cold water (a little goes a long way here) is all you need for this method. ) Use a towel dipped in the ammonia solution to dab at the stain. Keep doing that until the spot disappears.
If you do this, make sure the room is well ventilated and wear gloves.
Tenderizer, or Meat
It may sound strange, but the proteins in blood can be broken down by using meat tenderizer. Yes, the same seasoning mixture you use to make your steaks taste better. Meat tenderizer and cold water can be mixed to form a paste that can be dabbed onto stains to see if it helps. Leave covered for an hour. Following that, wipe off with a dry towel.
A common household tip is to use Coca-Cola, or another carbonated cola, on blood stains. The question is, does it actually work, despite the fact that the idea is somewhat peculiar. Cola's carbonation and phosphoric acid, the thinking goes, will dissolve stains. Even though we haven't tried it, many people claim that it successfully removes blood stains from fabric. But since you can't completely clean the mattress afterward, we don't advise using this method to get rid of blood on a memory foam mattress.
Never, ever, ever put anything back on a wet mattress until it has completely dried out in the air. If you need to, you can crack a window or put up a fan nearby. If you can move the mattress outside, sunlight can also be used.
Keeping your mattress clean and stain-free isn't always possible, but there are some measures you can take to safeguard it.
Purchasing a high-quality mattress protector should be a priority. Having a mattress protector can help prevent accidents, stains, and spills from ruining your bed. Our GhostProtector mattress protector is made with a durable waterproof layer beneath a soft knit top for peaceful sleep.
A mattress topper is an extra layer that can be placed on top of your existing mattress. Although regular mattress toppers aren't as protective as mattress protectors, they can be used in conjunction with one. The GhostBed Memory Foam Topper's soothing gel memory foam and protective waterproof cover make it an all-in-one purchase.
Let GhostBed assist you in assembling a bedroom set now that you know how to care for your mattress and remove even the toughest blood stains. Here are some of our most popular items to help you sleep better and preserve your mattress.
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