D.I.Y. Projects: Mattress Care 101 – Taking Care of Blood Stains
February 14, 2013
Blood stains are hard to deal with no matter where it’s found – clothing, sheets, blankets, your darling mattress, and so on. Usually you just replace stained sheets with new, clean ones, but it’s not just the sight of a blood stain (or any stain, in this matter) that is your concern. It’s hygiene as well.
Now in the context of mattresses, it’s easy to flip the sheet and hope that everyone will forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But however you hide it, the damage is still there. Your goal should be to completely remove such stains from your mattress. It isn’t much of an issue since these simple steps are proven to completely remove or at least significantly lessen the visibility of that blood stain.
It’s that transparent water-like chemical that bubbles up when applied to wounds. Usually found in wound-treating kits or in the shelves of supermarkets and drugstores, hydrogen peroxide it rather effective in removing blood stains. In mattresses (or in any other cloth or fabric) you can apply it directly over the blood stain. Once it starts bubbling up, you can then proceed to wipe it with a dry cloth.
Brush with a Detergent Solution
Get about 2 teaspoons of liquid or powder detergent of any kind (dish washing or laundry) and mix it with 2 cups of cold, refrigerated water. It has to be cold since warm or hot water “roasts” the blood cell proteins. With an old toothbrush soaked in the solution, brush the affected area thoroughly until the stain lightens or disappears. Focus on the borders since they’re the most visible parts.
Use an Enzyme Cleaner
In a nutshell, enzyme cleaners biodegrade organic substances. In this context, when applied to a blood stain, it breaks down the proteins that make up the red blood cells which primarily causes the colour in the fabric. A simple enzyme cleaner can be made by making a solution of 2 parts baking soda and 3-and-a-half part water. Mix it well in a bowl and apply to the stain. Voilà! You have an effective enzyme cleaner!
Rinse Everything with Saline Cold Water
Sprinkle it onto the stain or you can put it in a spray bottle and apply it all over. Again, since you don’t want to heat the blood cells and make them fuse into the fabric, you have to use cold water. Remember to not completely and utterly soak the area; just moisten it a little bit. Too much moisture will induce bacteria and fungus growth. You don’t want anything to do with mildew now, do you?
Having left it for a while to dry, you can most likely put the sheets back on by now. There’s nothing like lying down on a clean mattress, huh? Because there would be no risk of any kind of infection or contamination, you’d definitely have more peace of mind, which will significantly contribute to the depth of your sleep. Everyone wants clean sleep, right?