Bedsheets are an important part of room decor. A bedsheet can change the life in your bedroom. A vibrant coloured sheet makes your room lively. While a light color with minimal design makes it look classic. In our previous blog, we discussed why the sheets need changing. If you have young kids at home, sheets may get food stains, pee stains, ink stains. Even though there are adults, sweat stains and what not. These stains can be removed by simple machine wash. But the one dreaded by most are blood stains.
Blood stains, on bed sheets or any other clothing for that matter, is an unpleasant sight. Not that any of us would stain the sheet intentionally, but it happens every once in a while. A wide range of female population go through their periods every month. Which are accompanied by cramps, food cravings, mood swings and work pressure. The last thing they need to worry about is period staining the bedsheet. Although periods are not the only cause, Nose bleeds, bleeding wounds, bite scratches also contribute to some extent.
The stubbornness of the stain depends on various factors; the fabric of the sheet 100% pure cotton or linen, the design and colour dark or light, the nature of the stain, dried or fresh. Some fabrics hold the stains immediately, thus making it difficult to get rid of. Sometimes rubbing off the stain can cause discoloration of sheets.
The good part is, blood stains whether fresh or dried can be removed. Fresh stains are easier though. Below are the most tried hacks for blood stain removal.
1. The Sooner, the Easier it is to Remove Blood Stains
We understand it is difficult to act instantly if the staining happens to be when you are sleeping. But it is recommended that you try removing the blood stain as soon as possible. The more time blood stays on the sheet, the more difficult it will be to remove it.
2. First Stain Removal then Machine Wash
Dried or fresh, treat the blood stains first and then machine wash as usual. If you do not attend to the blood stain separately, chances are they will make their place on the sheets for a longer period of time.
3. Avoid Hot Water
This is one of the important things that you should keep in mind. When blood comes in contact with hot water, it sits on the fabric firmly. So the best thing to do is, do not wet the sheet under hot water.
4. Hand Washing Liquid
The easiest available hand wash liquids are effective in removing the stains. Just pour a generous amount on the stain, let it soak for 10 minutes and wash under cold water. If needed take an old toothbrush and rub a little to whole soaking. This will ensure that liquid reaches all the threads in the sheet.
5. For Light Coloured Sheets, try Hydrogen peroxide or Lemon Juice
Hydrogen peroxide helps to remove the stain instantly. But be cautious, as it may cause your sheet to lose color. Try it on a small corner of the sheet, before using it on the stain.
If hydrogen peroxide is not available lemon juice is the best substitute.
6. Baking Soda
Every household has some baking soda lying around the cabinet corner. Make a paste and dab it on the stain with a clean cotton ball. Or you can just sprinkle it over the wet stain. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash it under cold water and then machine wash the bedsheet as usual.
7. Powdered AspirinAspirin - The one tablet that is easy to find in the side of your medicine cabinet. If you are out of baking soda, you can always use some powdered aspirin to treat the stain. Aspirin has similar properties as that of baking soda.
8. Saline SolutionSimple table salt mixed with water can be your rescue team. Dab the mixture on the fresh stained spot, let it sit for a few minutes and clean with a cotton ball. If you have the saline solution for lenses, it can work as well.
9. Alcohol Wipes.
Rubbing alcohol is a solution for many problems. Wet alcohol wipes can be readily available and be helpful in wiping off the stains. It can cause discoloration of the sheet though, so be careful.
Just in case you do not have rubbing alcohol wipes, use sanitizer mixed with water. Take the solution on a clean cloth and dab it on the stain.
10. A Good Investment
You are not the only one with stain problems. People have researched and developed the products that will help in stain removal. Invest in some good stain removal wipes or liquids and you are good to go.
When in a hurry, do not leave the stain unattended. Use any of the above hack sprays on the spot. Leave it on for a stipulated time and clean with a wet cloth.
Place a few newspapers below the spot to avoid wetting the mattress.
12.Never Back Down
Even if you have tried to remove the stain umpteenth time, it is possible that it stays a little visible. But do not give up. Regular washing will make the stain go away.
Bedsheets are the protector for both you and your mattress. It can be easily washed, thus keeping your environment hygienic. Bed Sheets absorb your sweat, thus serving as a barrier for skin allergies to pass on from body to mattress.
The fabric of your bed sheet is also important for a sound good night sleep. A soft and smooth fabric helps in relaxing your body. A soothing color and design is beneficial to lighten up your mood. A well fitted bed sheet ensures you get proper rest at night.
Why let a few stains ruin your favorite and comfortable bed sheet? There are many other hacks found on the internet. The above mentioned are the most effective ones. Whenever and wherever you come across any stain, remember; fresh is easier.
So go ahead, and keep buying your favourite bed sheets on Sleepcosee without worrying about stains.