Bloodstains in bed are very common. We spend so much time in bed that it’s only natural!
Sometimes it’s only a spot from a small cut. And sometimes it’s that time of the month, and your bed looks like a crime scene. If you’re lucky, the stains will only be on your sheets.
But sometimes, you’re not so lucky, and it leaks down onto your mattress. Or onto your comforter.
And blood is super stubborn. Once it gets into the fabric, it hates to come out! You’ve probably tried all sorts of cleaners too, only to make things worse.
After a bit of time, the bloodstain turns from crimson red, into more of a rusty brown color.
Why Are Blood Stains So Hard To Remove?
Blood is difficult to remove when liquid.
It’s more difficult to remove when it dries. And it’s almost impossible to remove when dried and set with heat.
Blood has this magical ability to stain, seep into pores, and bind to any type of fabric – permanently. The problem, of course, comes from its chemical makeup.
Blood contains water, iron, fat, and other ingredients that cling desperately to any type of cloth.
The cocktail of ingredients in blood is very unique. The special blend of metal, fat, protein, sugar, etc makes it impossible for traditional cleaners to remove.
And this unique blend of ingredients turns into a red-colored glue when it comes into contact with oxygen. Blood clotting is good when you have a cut – but bad when it stains fabric.
So we have this substance that is full of hard-to-remove components. Which also hardens like glue. It’s easy to understand why blood stains are so hard to remove.
We have tested many cleaning products throughout the years. And consequently, the one product that has been successful in removing blood stains is the Carbona Stain Devils #4 cleaner.
What Is Carbona Stain Devils Formula #4?
The Carbona Stain Devils Formula 4 is a stain remover specially formulated for blood. It works for dairy and egg stains as well.
The unique formula attacks the unique ingredient blend found in blood. Dairy has a similar makeup, hence why it works beautifully for dairy stains.
The reason why most “multi-purpose” cleaners fail is that they only work on one or some of the individual ingredients of blood. To successfully remove blood (or dairy) stains, we need a specially-formulated cleaner that will remove blood as a whole.
Carbona’s #4 formula removes bloodstains by dissolving and removing all of the individual components found in blood.
How To Use Carbona Stain Devils Formula #4
Carbona’s #4 Formula stain remover works like most other cleaners. Before you apply the cleaner, try to remove as much of the stain as possible.
Place a rag or cloth under the fabric. Without diluting, apply the solution directly onto the stain. Using your finger, or cleaning cloth, swirl the solution into the stain until fully removed.
Every stain is different.
Some stains will have to soak for 10-15 minutes, and will require a bit of elbow grease. Others, for example, will come out with just a bit of rubbing.
Once the stain is out, either rinse with warm water or wash in the washing machine.
Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have some questions at this point. Likewise, here are some frequently asked questions. If we don’t cover your question below, feel free to contact us, or leave a comment below at the end of this article.
What other types of stains can I use this product for?
Blood has a unique blend of water, fat, sugar, and protein.
This product also works for other substances with a similar makeup. You can use Carbona Stain Devils #4 for baby formula, dairy products, eggs, milk, ice cream, and yogurt.
What if I can’t put a cloth behind the stain?
Many blood stains make their way down to your mattress. Particularly when it’s “that time of the month”.
Sometimes the stain is on your pillow or comforter. And you physically can’t put a cloth under the stain.
Try dabbing the material with a cloth soaked with the cleaner, and then pat dry. Once the stain is out, wipe with warm water, and allow to dry before covering with your fitted sheet.
Can I use this on any fabric?
No. Do not use Carbona #4 on leather, suede, silk, acetate, carpeting, or upholstery.
Is Carbona #4 Formula color safe?
For most dyes, yes, it is color-safe. But, if you’re not sure, try placing a dab of cleaner on an inconspicuous area to test.
How long should I let the formula soak?
For lighter and “fresher” stains, you don’t have to wait. You can apply and rub immediately. For heavier and older stains, let the cleaner soak into the fabric for about 10-15 minutes.
How much of the cleaner should I use?
Apply as much cleaner as needed to completely cover the stain.
Does this contain bleach or ammonia?
No. Carbona #4 cleaner does not contain bleach or ammonia.
Can I use this for clothing?
Yes, you can use this on any type of fabric or garment, as long as it isn’t leather, suede, silk, etc.
Is this product toxic?
Every Carbona Stain Devils product is dermatologically tested. It is safe for your skin, and environmentally friendly for disposal.
What other cleaning products does Carbona offer?
Carbona has a line of stain-specific cleaners. Unlike most “multi-purpose” cleaners that you find on store shelves, each of Carbona’s cleaning products is designed for a specific type of stain.
They have individual formulas for common stains like oil, ink, chocolate, condiments, makeup, coffee, rust, sweat, and more.
Like with any other issue in life, preventative measures can help you fight off bloodstains. You won’t be able to prevent blood stains on your sheets. But you can protect your pillows and mattress by using protection.
Pillowtop mattresses are notoriously hard to clean. You will be able to remove blood stains using the Carbona Stain Devils cleaner, but it will take a bit of effort.
It’s much easier to prevent the mattress stain by using a protector.