Does blood give you the heebie-jeebies? Us, too! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your mattress if you or a loved one has had an accident.
Listen, we don’t need to get into the details about why there’s blood on the mattress, but we all know that it can happen and that it has happened. The problem with mattresses is that you can’t just throw them in the washing machine or hose them off. What you need to know is how to clean it up, and not be left with a gross stain.
We have four different options for you to choose from, but feel free to combine them (one at a time, though) for extra stain-removing power. The first trick that we’ll give you, is that the sooner the better when it comes to cleaning blood. It’s more difficult to remove when it has already dried and set into the fibers of the mattress. Also, if cleaning up messes like blood, urine, or vomit tends to happen frequently in your home, consider getting a mattress with a removable and machine-washable cover like Yogabed. Alternatively, you could also shop for mattress protectors on Amazon.
Check out the items listed below and see if you have any of these things lying around your home already.
Cold water. If the blood is new enough, it should dissolve in cold water. Grab a white rag or paper towel (colored items might stain the cover of your mattress) and run it under cold water. Then start dabbing the blood stain—not rubbing, which can work the stain deeper into the bed. Make sure not to wet the mattress too much, because you want it to dry easily to prevent mold or mildew growth. Also, make sure the water is cold. Hot water will somewhat “cook” the blood and can make the stain set in.
Baking soda. You can mix one part baking soda with two parts cold water, and then apply the mixture to the mattress with a white paper towel or rag. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then rinse it up with another cloth or towel. Dab (again, don’t rub!) the area dry with a clean rag and then let it air dry some more with a fan or open windows.
Salt, cornstarch, and hydrogen peroxide. Mix a ½ cup of cornstarch, one tablespoon of salt, and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide. Salt and hydrogen peroxide are great cleaning agents when it comes to protein stains, which includes blood stains.
Combine all the ingredients till it forms into a paste like mixture. Apply the mixture over the whole stained area and let it dry completely. Once it’s totally dry, just scrape it up with a spatula or knife and vacuum over it. This cleaning method can be done multiple times for better results.
Meat tenderizer. If you have tried all these steps and nothing is working, break out the meat tenderizer from your pantry. Meat tenderizer works by breaking down the proteins in your meat to “tenderize” it, but it also can work on the proteins in a blood stain. Use it by mixing one tablespoon of the meat tenderizing powder with two teaspoons of cold water and mix into a paste. Rub the paste over the entire blood stain and then let it sit to dry for about an hour. After it’s dried, wipe up the paste with a cloth soaked in cold water, and then use another dry cloth to pat the area dry.
If you have a latex mattress or some other unique material mattress like a Purple bed, be sure to do a little test spot before treating a larger stain. Although in most cases it should be fine, meat tenderizer does break down proteins, so you want to make sure it doesn’t breakdown and ruin your mattress.
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