One of the worst things that you can bring home from your travels is the bed bug. You won’t even know that the creatures are already inside your home, not until it’s too late anyway. These insects are a nuisance in so many ways. For one, they bite. The bitten site becomes very itchy, and some bites become infected. Apart from being really pesky critters, it can be a nightmare to clean up after these bloodsucking creatures too. The main reason for this is that bed bugs feed on blood, and so the fecal spots or waste that they leave behind can really leave nasty stains.
Cleaning Bed Bug Stains
Sometimes, after washing affected fabrics or bedding, there could still be bed bug stains left. Even though your sheets may be clean, the marks or discolorations can make things look rather unpleasant. So, how do you get rid of the repulsive fecal stains that these insects leave behind? Well, here are a few tricks that might work for you.
1. Use hydrogen peroxide.
Before using hydrogen peroxide, know that this substance can also cause discolorations especially if you apply this on colored cloths. The substance can also weaken fabric. So, be cautious. When using hydrogen peroxide, pour a very small amount on the stained area only. Don’t allow the chemical to spread beyond the affected part. The chemical will foam as it reacts with blood. Remove the foam and re-apply the substance if the stain is still visible. If not, rinse the fabric using cold water and your usual laundry detergent. In case a larger area is affected, you can soak an entire sheet or garment in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water using a 50:50 ratio. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
2. Use bleach.
Depending on the type of bleach that you have, you can use this to remove stains on white or colored fabric. Follow the instructions on the label regarding formulations and proper usage. Usually, you have to mix bleach with water, and then you use the mixture for soaking a stained sheet. Bleaching agents are commonly incorporated in laundry detergents as well. If you want to use bleach on colored fabrics or sheets, make sure that what you have is a color-safe product or else your things will become faded or discolored.
3. Use enzyme-based stain removers.
Purchase an enzyme-based stain remover if preferred. Such products are often used for spot treatments. Simply spray a product onto the stained area, and leave this on for 20 to 30 minutes or as recommended on the label. Rinse afterwards.
4. Use salt and water.
Create a paste using salt and water. Gently rub the thick mixture on the stain. The salt has dehydrating properties that help in loosening the blood particles. Afterwards, wipe away the paste and rinse with cold water. This is also a good way to remove stains on mattresses. But since you should not overly dampen a mattress, be careful when rinsing. What you can do is to spray the area with cold water and then blot immediately. Do this a few times or until you have completely washed away the paste and the stain from your mattress.