Cleaning a Memory Foam Mattress After Blood Spills

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As of the 21st of December, 2022

It's no secret that you spend nearly a third of your life in bed. Consider what your mattress endures over that long period of time. Quite a lot And, let's face it, 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 keeping the mattress clean to avoid future mishaps.

What You Need To Know About Cleaning Blood Stains From A Memory Foam Mattress

  • Never lose your cool If you need to get rid of a blood stain, do so with cold water, as hot water could make the stain permanent.
  • Instead of rubbing, dab the affected area. Scrubbing can make the stain worse because it spreads.
  • If you feel the need, grab a more potent cleaning solution. You can remove blood stains from your mattress by using either an enzymatic cleaner or ammonia.
  • Prevent stains by being proactive Safeguarding your mattress with a protector is a good idea.
Woman pressing down on a clean memory foam mattress

Let's take a look at some helpful hints before we dive into all the cleaning supplies you'll need to remove blood stains from your mattress.

The primary consideration is to It is recommended that cold water be used at all times. Hot or warm water can permanently set the stain, making the situation worse. In its place, cold water can be used to flush out the stain.

Second, always Rather than rubbing, dab the area That's the case for the majority of stain removal jobs, like cleaning a mattress of dirt, sweat, or urine. The act of rubbing can actually make the stain spread and the situation worse.

In order to get ready, remove all of the pillows and sheets from the bed so that they can be washed individually. If you've made your bed and the blood stain still won't come out, it's time to move on to plan B.

Baking soda for removing blood stains from mattress

The stain should be treated gently at first if at all possible. Since blood is easily removed by dipping it into cold water, this is your first line of defense. Dabbing the stain with a cloth dampened in cold water will remove the blood, but be careful not to soak the mattress.

Use baking soda if the stain won't budge. 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 liquid as possible from the stain before cleaning it.
  • After waiting at least 30 minutes, sprinkle a lot of baking soda on the stain and let it sit. Baking soda is an excellent all-natural dehumidifier.
  • Last but not least, wipe off the baking soda with a (cold) damp cloth.
  • If the stain still isn't gone after several attempts, repeat the process.

It may be more difficult, but not impossible, to get dried blood out of a mattress. A combination of salt and hydrogen peroxide is what you need to get rid of stubborn blood stains.

Although full strength hydrogen peroxide can be used, it will take a very long time for a memory foam mattress to dry if it is poured directly onto the mattress. Instead, prepare a stain-removal paste according to the instructions. How? Read on!

  • Produce a paste by mixing together half a cup of corn starch, half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt. The mixture's consistency should be about that of toothpaste; you can tweak it to taste.
  • Cold water should be used to dampen the blood stain before the paste is applied.
  • Use a spoon, spatula, or a soft-bristled toothbrush to spread the paste over the entire stain.
  • Leave it alone for 30 minutes. 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.
  • The mattress must be allowed to air dry completely before any bedding can be placed back on it.

One of the most common mattress stains is period blood, but there's no need to feel shame about it. 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 about a tablespoon of salt will remove a period stain. You should use cold water to dampen the stain before applying the paste. Reserve for about 30 minutes until bubbling begins. Repeat blotting with a clean, damp cloth to remove the stain and the hydrogen peroxide solution once the bubbling stops.

Bucket and cleaning supplies for a memory foam mattress

While the do-it-yourself strategies we discussed are useful in a pinch, nothing beats having a commercial-grade cleaner on hand. 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.

Products that Use Enzymes to Clean

Enzymatic cleaners are the ones you'll find in the laundry section of the supermarket. These common products work by dissolving the stain, making it easier to scrub away. Try to find an enzymatic cleaner that is designed for use on upholstery, fabrics, or mattresses. As a result, you can rest assured it won't cause any additional harm. Do not spray or pour directly onto your mattress; instead, blot the area with a towel or rag. When it's dry, use a vacuum to get rid of any dust or debris that may have settled on it.

Ammonia

You can also try ammonia, another potent cleaner, 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. ) To remove the stain, soak a towel in the ammonia solution and dab the area. Keep doing that until the spot disappears.

In case you want to try this at home, make sure you have gloves and a window open.

Tenderizer, or Meat

Even though it may sound strange, meat tenderizer (the same seasoning blend you use to make your steaks taste better) can be used to break down the proteins in blood. Make a paste from the meat tenderizer and cold water, and then pat it onto the stain. Allow to sit for an hour, covered. Next, wipe off with a dry towel.

Cola

Coca-Cola, or any other carbonated cola, has been rumored to be useful for removing blood stains. Despite its odd appearance, does it function? 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. However, since you can't give a memory foam mattress a thorough cleaning afterward, we don't advise using this method to get rid of blood.

Marc's Tip

It is imperative that a wet mattress be allowed to air-dry completely before any covers or bedding are replaced. Ventilate the room by opening windows or installing fans if necessary. If the mattress can be taken outside, sunlight can also be used.

However, there are measures you can take to safeguard your mattress and extend its life span between cleanings.

A high-quality mattress protector should be one of your first purchases. Use of a mattress protector is like having an extra layer of armor against dirt, liquids, and accidents. Our GhostProtector mattress protector is made with a durable waterproof layer beneath a soft knit top for peaceful sleep.

An additional layer that can be placed on top of your mattress is a mattress topper, which is an option to consider. The use of a mattress topper and a mattress protector is recommended because traditional mattress toppers are not waterproof or as protective as mattress protectors. Comfortable gel memory foam and a watertight cover are both included in the GhostBed Memory Foam Topper, making it a convenient one-stop shop.

Let GhostBed assist you in assembling a bedroom set now that you know how to clean blood stains from a mattress. Read on for some of our most recommended items to keep your mattress clean and give you a better night's rest.

Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

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Marc, who had three operations on his neck, understood what it was like to suffer from chronic pain. After exhausting his options for a properly supporting pillow and bed in 2001, he decided to try making his own. Learn More

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