Maybe your period started, and you didn’t have time to clean it before the stain set in. Or a wound opened up, causing you to bleed out upon the mattress. Regardless of how the blood stains got there, a surprising number of people need to know how to get old blood stains out of a mattress. We’ll provide detailed instructions on how to do just that.
The first step is removing all your blankets and sheets from the bed. Rinse the stains as much as possible before tossing them in the washing machine. Run them a couple of times. The first step to cleaning the mattress itself is taking paper towels and trying to dab up as much wet blood as possible. Don’t rub, or you’ll spread this difficult to remove stain.
The protein in blood makes it hard to get out with conventional cleaning solutions, but we’ll share several with you that you can use.
One solution is an oxygenated enzyme cleaner.If you can’t find that at the store, You can make enzyme cleaner easily if you know how to make enzyme cleaner.you could use pet stain remover.
The compounds in that made to break down poop and vomit stains works surprisingly well on blood, as well. Don’t spray the compound directly on the stain. Instead, spray it on a towel and pat that on the stain instead. This prevents you from spraying so much stain remover on the mattress that stains it instead.
Another option is a mix of baking soda and white vinegar. Pour the baking sodaon the stain, putting on much more than the general dusting you use to control odors. Then spray the affected area with white vinegar. The mixture will start bubbling up. Leave it alone to do that for at least thirty minutes. Then use either a vacuum attachment to vacuum up the mix or a damp clean cloth to try to dab away the solution.
Some people swear that a mixture of one cup corn starch and a half cup of hydrogen peroxide work just as well. This mix requires two table spoons of salt to work. The end result is a paste you just apply to the stain. Again, leave it on for thirty minutes as it bubbles.
This mixture is particularly effective when you use a toothbrush to scrub it into a stubborn stain and in the fine crevices of the mattress. You’ll be able to remove the mass with a cold wet cloth before trying to remove the traces of the blood stain from the mattress.
When you’re using a damp clean cloth to push some water into the mattress to break up the stain, you’ll use a clean one to pull that liquid out like a sponge. Twist the towel out in a sink, rinse it, squeeze it again to get the extra liquid out, and then go back to the bed to repeat the process. You’ll need to continue this process until you don’t smell the vinegar or enzyme cleaner any more.
Blood stains may not smell as bad as vomit, pee and poop stains, but you may want to minimize the odors and sterilize the area as much as possible. Applying baking soda or talcum powder paste to the area will do both.
Let the baking soda powder sit on the stained area for an hour or until the area is dry, then vacuum it up. If you’re using talcum powder paste, remove the paste with a towel or broom, then vacuum up the remainder.