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Removing Bloodstains

A bloodstain can be an ugly mark on any mattress. Accidents happen. But don’t worry, there are simple ways to remove a stain and bring your mattress back to its original condition.

Here are a few tried and tested techniques for getting blood out:

1. Immediate Response

The quicker you attack the stain the better. Blood is protein based, so the longer it has to set, the more work it will be to break down the natural components.

2. Start With the Basics

Water, mixed with salt and applied with a spray bottle is a simple first step. Don’t use warm or hot water.

3. Protein Breakdown

Head to the pantry and retrieve a jar of meat tenderizer. This will help break down the proteins, especially if the stain has had a chance to set.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Apply the product and then use a clean white cloth to blot at the mark.

5. Mom’s Go To: Baking Soda and Water

Grab a mixing bowl and combine one part baking soda with two parts water. Apply with a clean cloth and let it stand for 30 minutes. Then use a damp cloth to remove the solution. Again, only use cold water. Once the solution has been removed, place a dry towel over the wet area and allow time for the moisture to be absorbed.

6. Detergent

If none of the above work, go with detergent. Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwasher detergent with two cups of cold water. Place a clean white cloth in the mixture and let it soak. Apply this cloth to the fabric stain. Then, with an old toothbrush, lightly brush the area to remove the proteins from the natural fibers of the mattress. Like step 5, you can then use a wet cloth to blot the detergent away.

If all else fails, try enlisting the help of a Transylvanian cleaner.

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