If you’re changing your bed sheets for the first time and have discovered a blood stain or spot on your brand-new mattress, don’t panic! With a little know-how and the right ingredients, it is possible to get rid of the stain. Here’s how to do it.
What you’ll need
• vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment
• cold water
• hydrogen peroxide (available from a pharmacy)
• cornflour (you’ll find it in the baking aisle in your local supermarket)
• plastic spatula
• clean, soft cloth
• liquid fabric freshener spray
Note: It is important that you never use warm or hot water on a blood stain, as this will cause the stain to set into the fibres of the mattress, making it virtually impossible to remove.
How to get blood spots and stains out of your mattress
The first thing that you’ll need to do is to vacuum the mattress to get rid of any dust and loose fibres from the surface.
Next, make up a paste of hydrogen peroxide, salt, and cornflour. These ingredients work to break down the proteins contained in the blood stain, ultimately allowing you to remove it. The cornflour helps to bind the paste so that it’s not too thin and watery. This is important, as you don’t want the cleaning agent to soak through the surface into the mattress. To make your paste, mix 60g (one cup) of cornflour, 60ml (a quarter cup) of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of salt together. The end result should have the consistency of toothpaste.
Use a plastic spatula to apply a layer of the paste to the mattress. Allow the paste to dry out completely. This gives the salt and hydrogen peroxide time to get to work on the stain. When the paste is completely dry, scrape it off the mattress with your spatula and discard it. Vacuum the area thoroughly to get rid of any paste powder that’s left.
Look carefully at the area to see if any of the stain remains. Particularly stubborn stains may require several treatments, but they should eventually disappear completely. When you’re satisfied that the stain has gone, give the mattress a quick spritz with spray fabric freshener.
You can remove fresh blood stains from your lovely new mattress by following the guidelines set out above. In future, wherever possible blot away fresh blood spots using cold water and clean cloths before the blood dries.
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