How to clean a blood stain on a mattress?
A blood stain on a mattress happens for different reasons. But cleaning up a bloodstained mattress can be tricky, especially if you don’t clean up the stain quickly!
Here are some tips and home remedies to clean a blood stain on a mattress.
1. Remove a recent blood stain on mattress with cold water
Regardless of the bloodstained surface if the stain is recent (not dried) cold water should be sufficient to remove it.
- Dampen a cloth with very cold water and dab the bloodstain on the mattress.
- Rinse the cloth and repeat until the blood stain is completely gone.
- Quickly dry the mattress with a hair dryer to avoid damp spots.
Never rub the stain but dab it well so as not to make the blood penetrate into the mattress even more deeply.
2. Baking soda to loosen a mattress
Baking soda is a quick and effective solution for cleaning blood from a mattress, especially dried blood.
Here is how to detach the mattress with baking soda:
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda in a little water.
- Apply the mixture directly to the mattress at the level of the blood stain.
- Let the mixture sit and dry and scrub with a stiff bristle brush to remove the stain.
- Rinse with a damp cloth and pat dry to finish cleaning the blood.
You can also use this trick to loosen a pee-stained mattress as you can read here: How do you remove an old urine stain from a mattress?
3. Remove blood stains from mattresses with lemon
Lemon can also help clean a blood stain on a white mattress without too much difficulty. Here’s how:
- Pour a little lemon juice directly onto the dried blood stain.
- Soak a cloth also in lemon juice and gently rub the stain.
- Rinse with a new damp cloth and pat dry to complete the stain removal from the mattress.
4. A water and flour cleansing paste
Flour is another natural thing to use to clean blood on a mattress provided that the stain is recent and therefore not yet dry.
- Mix flour with water and form a sort of malleable dough.
- Apply the mixture to the blood (cover the entire stain well) and let the paste work and dry.
- Gently rub to remove the paste that will have absorbed the blood and repeat if necessary.
For this cleaning tip, you can replace the flour with cornstarch, which will be just as effective in loosening blood on a mattress.
5. Clean a blood stain on a mattress with Marseille soap
If you had to buy a single natural cleaning product then I recommend Marseille soap. This soap is often available in liquid form, in blocks or in shavings.
Here’s how to use it on a mattress:
- Moisten the dried blood stain a little and rub gently with Marseille soap.
- Rub until a crust forms on the blood and leave for a few minutes.
- Then scrub with a sponge or small brush and repeat as needed.
- Rinse with a clean cloth and water and dry the mattress with the hair dryer to finish.
6. Remove the blood stain with hydrogen peroxide
Before you let yourself go and try all these tips and tricks, here is one last one to do with hydrogen peroxide.
- Dampen a cloth with hydrogen peroxide and dab the bloodstain.
- Rinse quickly with a cloth and water and dry the mattress quickly.
You can also mix cornstarch to make a cleansing paste like the flour trick earlier in this article.