Memory Foam Mattress Stains: A Guide to Removal

2023-01-07 00:09:51 - 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.

On December 21st, 2022, this page was last updated.

Almost a third of your life is spent in bed, which is a fact you probably already know. Imagine the wear and tear that occurs on your mattress over that long period of time. Considerable effort is required. 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 dropped in when you least expected it.

Here, we will discuss easy methods for removing blood stains from a mattress and offer advice on how to maintain a clean mattress to avoid future mishaps.

An Outline For Cleaning Up The Blood On Your Memory Foam Mattress

  • Do not lose your temper. Blood stains should be removed with cold water, as hot water can permanently set the stain.
  • Instead of rubbing, dab the affected area. Rubbing the stained area can make it look even worse.
  • If you need a more powerful cleaner, grab it. You can remove blood stains from your mattress by using either an enzymatic cleaner or ammonia.
  • Take preventative measures against stains. Using a mattress protector can prevent damage to your bed in the event of spills and other
Woman pressing down on a clean memory foam mattress

Before we get into the cleaning products and equipment you'll need to remove blood stains from your mattress, let's take a look at a few pointers that will increase your chances of success.

The primary consideration is to It is recommended that cold water be used at all times. It's best to use cold water, as warm or hot water can permanently set the stain. Alternately, cold water can be used to help flush out the stain.

In the following, always Instead of rubbing, try dabbing Getting rid of most stains, such as dirt, sweat, or urine from a mattress, works the same way. 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. 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 taking it easy at first if the stain can be treated immediately. Since blood is easily removed by immersion in cold water, this is the first option to try. The blood stain can be easily removed by dabbing it with a cloth dampened in cold water until the stain disappears; just be careful not to soak the mattress.

When nothing else seems to work, try baking soda on the stain. Here's how to get rid of blood stains on a mattress with baking soda:

  • 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.
  • The next step is to apply baking soda to the stained area and leave it alone for at least 30 minutes. As a natural dehumidifier, baking soda is fantastic.
  • At last, wipe away the baking soda with a (cold) damp cloth.
  • To get rid of the stain, you can repeat these steps as many times as necessary.

A mattress soiled with dried blood may be more difficult to clean than one might expect. You can use a combination of salt and hydrogen peroxide to remove even the most tenacious blood stains from your table.

Even at full strength, hydrogen peroxide will soak through the layers of a memory foam mattress, making drying time extremely lengthy. Instead, whip up a batch of the stain-fighting paste described in the recipe. How? Read on!

  • Make a paste by mixing together half a cup of corn starch, half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt. The mixture can be adjusted to taste, but it should be about the consistency of toothpaste.
  • Put some cold water on the blood stain before applying the paste.
  • Use a spoon, spatula, or a soft-bristled toothbrush to spread the paste over the entire stain.
  • Reserve it for at least 30 minutes. As the paste dries, the hydrogen peroxide will begin to fizz.
  • 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.
  • Please wait until the mattress has had ample time to dry before replacing the sheets.

One of the most frequent mattress stains is period blood, but there's no need to feel ashamed. Fortunately, it's simple to clean up if you act quickly enough. Prepare a paste 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 to it. Keep sitting for about 30 minutes until the bubbling begins. When the bubbles from the hydrogen peroxide have subsided, dab the stain again with a clean, damp cloth to remove the stain and the solution.

Bucket and cleaning supplies for a memory foam mattress

While the do-it-yourself methods we discussed are useful in a pinch, it's always a good idea to have a commercial-grade cleaner on hand, just in case. Additional mattress stain removal options, as well as one to avoid, are provided below.

Biological Detergents

There is a good chance that the fabric cleaners you find in the supermarket's laundry section are enzymatic cleaners. Common household cleaners do their job by dissolving the stain, making it easier to scrub away. Seek out an enzymatic cleaner labeled for use on upholstery, fabrics, or mattresses. Therefore, you can rest assured that no further harm will be caused. Do not spray or pour directly onto your mattress; instead, 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. One tablespoon of ammonia and one 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. Do it again and again until the spot disappears.

To be safe, open a window and put on gloves if you try this at home.

A device for reducing the toughness of meat

While it may sound counterintuitive, meat tenderizer (the same seasoning blend used to enhance the flavor of steaks) can be used to break down blood proteins. 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. To finish, wipe off with a dry towel.


There's a rumor floating around that blood stains can be removed with Coca-Cola or another carbonated cola. The question is, does it actually function, despite how strange it may sound. The carbonation and phosphoric acid in cola are thought to be responsible for dissolving stains. Although we have not tried it, many people claim that it successfully removes blood stains from linens and other fabrics. However, since you can't give a memory foam mattress a thorough cleaning afterward, we don't advise trying this method.

Marc's Tip

Never, ever, ever put new bedding on a damp mattress without first letting it air out for several days. If you need some fresh air, crack a window or set up a fan. If you can take the mattress outside in the sun, that will work too.

Of course, there's no foolproof way to keep your mattress stain-free, but there are measures you can take to safeguard it and prolong its cleanliness.

A high-quality mattress protector should be one of your first purchases. A mattress protector adds a layer of defense against accidents, stains, and spills. If you're looking for a mattress protector that will keep your mattress protected and give you some peace and quiet, look no further than our GhostProtector cover, which features a durable waterproof layer beneath a soft knit top.

Consider adding a layer to your mattress with a topper. You can use a mattress topper and a mattress protector together because traditional mattress toppers aren't as waterproof or protective as mattress protectors. As a complete package, the GhostBed Memory Foam Topper provides both a supportive layer of gel memory foam and a protective, waterproof cover.

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