How to clean blood stains off a mattress
If you have a period, you've woken up to a puddle of blood on your bed. It's just a fact of life. And sometimes no matter the precautions you take, whether that's a heavy pad, thick PJs or even putting a towel down first, blood is going to leak onto your mattress. If you haven't invested in a mattress protector and want to rid your mattress of blood stain, well we've got you covered with our mattress blood stain removal guide. Let's start from the top...
1. Strip the Bed
Take off all your pillows and sheets, so that you are working directly with the mattress. For a proper clean it is better to tackle cleaning the whole mattress, rather than just spot cleaning the blood stains.
2. Whip Out the Vacuum Cleaner
Get your trusted vacuum cleaner to the ready and, using the upholstery attachment if you have one, vacuum the dust and any bits off of the mattress. Make sure you pay attention to all the nooks and crannies, because mattresses are rarely flat.
3. Grab your Bottle of remüvie
Once you have got rid of any loose dust on your mattress, it is time to tackle the stains. Spray remüvie directly onto the blood stains and any yellowing bits of the mattress. Leave for a few minutes, then, using a clean damp cloth, dab the area gently. Always use cold water with blood stains. For older and more stubborn stains that have dried in you may need to repeat this process a couple of times, but as mattresses are rarely ironed, dried or washed the stain should come out as it won’t have been set in with heat. Once the stain has been removed, get another clean damp cloth and wipe the area clean.
4. Give the Whole Mattress a Refresh
After you have tackled the stains, pour baking soda over the mattress and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up. Baking soda is especially great for odour reduction. Baking soda doesn’t work for every mattress so make sure you check before you do this step.
5. Open the Windows
Fling the windows wide open and let some lovely air in for a few hours so that you can air out any bad odours.
6. Flip the Mattress
Last but not least, flip the mattress over so that you are using the other side. Flipping the mattress once every few months helps it last longer and maintain its shape.
And just like that! You should have a lovely, clean mattress that's void of any unsightly blood stains. Make sure you grab yourself a bottle of remüvie so you're prepared for the next accident.