How to remove blood stains from bed covers or mattresses
- Remove pillows, sheets and duvets. Treat any bedding with a stain remover or follow the tips for clothing, allow them to soak for up to 30 minutes before washing as normal in a washing machine.
- After soaking a clean cloth in cold water, wring it out and press to the blood stain to saturate. Do not rub or use hot water – both of these would make the stain harder to remove.
- Blot the area with a clean, dry towel to mop up extra blood. Carry on until dry, and no blood is coming off onto the dry towel. Continue to soak and blot.
- Next create a cleaning fluid such as:
a. Half a cup of detergent combined with two tablespoons of water, and mixed until foamy. OR
b. Two parts of cold water mixed with one part of baking soda.
- Blot the stain with the solution and leave it to soak for thirty minutes, before scrubbing with a clean toothbrush, to push in the cleaner and loosen stain particles. Use a clean cloth for more scrubbing and blotting, which is when you should see the stain breaking up and disappearing.
- Dab the area with a wrung-out clean cloth, to remove any residue of blood or cleaner. Blot until gone, before drying with a clean towel.
- Leave the mattress to air dry, or ideally overnight. Vacuum, then cover with a mattress protector – if you happen to experience blood stains again, this will be easier to clean and may even be machine washable.
If you have to remove blood stains, you’re now well informed to make sure your clothes or bed can safely be returned to their original clean and neat state.