Blood has unique chemical properties, and it consists of many different substances. As a result, it can transport oxygen and nutrients across the body. But, when it comes in contact with air, it coagulates or simply becomes hard matter. When this happens on your mattress, you have a stain, which is extremely difficult to remove. If we add a large surface, using washing machine isn’t an option. Luckily for you, the following methods are very effective

Method with meat tenderizer

One of the first easier methods to try and remove blood stains from a mattress is to use meat tenderizer. It is the most efficient against dried blood. In general, meat tenderizer breaks down proteins, which are the primary element of the blood. You can use it with wet stains as well, but you will need to repeat the procedure a few times.

You will need:

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Bowl
  • Tablespoon
  • Towel
  • Water (cold)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the meat tenderizer with cold water in a bowl in order to get a paste.
  2. Apply the mixture on the stain and leave it for one hour. Blot the surface gently.
  3. Use a wet towel to remove the paste.
  4. Use a dry towel to remove any leftovers.

Method with hydrogen peroxide and salt

Using a paste mixture of hydrogen peroxide and salt to remove dry blood from a mattress is another useful method. This method is useful with dried blood, and it is also one of the most effective ones.

You will need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Tablespoon
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Towel
  • Bowl
  • Salt
  • Vacuum cleaner

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients from the list in a bowl. Make sure you get a paste which isn’t watery. To get the best paste, use 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and ¼ of hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Apply the mixture with a spoon and leave it as is for one hour.
  3. Scrub the area with a vacuum cleaner.
  4. Clean the area with a wet towel and let it dry.

Method with baking soda

How many times have you heard that baking soda is useful for many different reasons, including cleaning? In this situation, you can use it as well. It is the least expensive method, and it is useful against fresh blood stains.

You will need:

  • Baking soda.
  • Cup
  • Towel

Instructions:

  1. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with cold water in a cup. Mix it until you get a solution (not paste).
  2. Use a towel to blot the solution on the stain. Leave it for half an hour or slightly more. Make sure it stays on the stain at least 30 minutes.
  3. Use a wet towel to remove any excess solution.
  4. Now simply use a towel or a paper to remove any moisture.

Method with hydrogen peroxide only

Here we have an interesting and very simple method that can be used for removal blood and any other stains. However, hydrogen peroxide has properties similar to bleach cleaners so be careful! If you use it, never apply a high amount of it nor use it with warm water.

You will need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Towel

Instructions:

  1. First, you will have to apply hydrogen peroxide (3%) to the stain. Try to direct the chemical on the stain only, not on the rest of the mattress.
  2. Leave it for 30 minutes, not more!
  3. Use a wet cloth to clean the surface. Only blot, don’t scrub.
  4. Place the dry cloth above the stain to drain excess moisture and you are done.
    Important: Do not repeat the procedure or you can damage the mattress. If this doesn’t work, try another method.

Method with ammonia

This method is particularly useful for removing fresh blood stains. It can be used on most mattresses, but avoid using it on woolen ones. Ammonia will make the fibers weaker and reduce the lifespan of a mattress. Never use the method on the same area more than 3 times.

You will need:

  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Towel

Instructions:

  1. Mix ammonia with water in a spray bottle. Use 2 tablespoons of ammonia and ½ cup of cold water. This is essential, due to the fact it will apply very little of the mixture to the area.
  2. Spritz the mixture on the stain and leave it for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Use a towel to ‘’lift’ the blood from the mattress. Never scrub the surface, because it will force the blood deeper into the fibers.
  4. Now use a wet towel to remove more blood if needed.
  5. Use a dry towel to remove excess moisture from the mattress.

Method with salt and water

Salt, mixed with water has wonderful properties, including the ability to clean a variety of items. Removing blood stains with the mixture is more than just simple and doable. One of our writers has a dog with allergies that cause him to bleed on his chin from allergy related acne. They also had a white couch… They swear by this method and highly recommended it.

You will need:

  • Salt
  • Spray bottle
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with 1 cup of water.
  2. Pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
  3. Spritz on the stain and leave it for 10 minutes.
  4. Spritz the mixture again, but this time rub it with a toothbrush.
  5. Use a wet towel to clean the area and then use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture.

Additional facts to know and tips

  • Lemon juice is a valuable alternative, but it can damage colors on the mattress if there are any. Use it for white mattresses only.
  • Never rub the stain with a towel nor with warm water. This will just press the blood deeper into the fibers and completely ruin the mattress. In all methods, only blot the stain.
  • Use wet paper to apply cold water on the stain before using any of the actual methods from the list. This makes the stain, less “strong’’ and increases the chances of removing it successfully.
  • Using a toothbrush paired with all method above is helpful as well.

 

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