There are many ways to get rid of irksome mosquitoes. You can choose to use an electric racket that will automatically dispense pesticides to kill mosquitos. However, the rackets are easily susceptible to breaking when they fall. Similarly, an electric racket is not a pleasant sight in the living room space. Another option to killing mosquitoes is snapping it with a towel and in extreme cases; you may slap it with your bare hands to a wall. All these ways will get the mosquitos killed. However, the big challenge is how do you get rid of the bloodstains left behind? Read to find out the different ways to get rid of mosquito bloodstains from walls.
Cleaning up bloodstains from walls can sometimes be hectic. However, do not worry with the right material, techniques and a step-to-step guide, the process is easier to perform. Other than that, there are several ways of cleaning bloodstains depending on the material of the wall. This article will highlight, the different types of walls and how to get rid of mosquito bloodstains from each type of wall. It will also look into the precautions of cleaning mosquito bloodstains from walls.
So, How Do I Get Rid of Mosquito Bloodstains from Walls?
The first step of cleaning bloodstains is wiping it when it is still fresh. When bloodstains seep deeper into the wall, they become more difficult to remove. As such, you want to make sure you clean off the blood before it dries. The following are ways you can clean off fresh blood from any type of wall.
- Remove as Much Blood as Possible
As soon as you kill the mosquito and the bloodstain occurs, make a habit of removing as much blood as possible immediately. To start, if the blood is fresh, use a soft cloth or paper towel to soak it up. The cloth will absorb the excess blood making the process of cleaning the stain easier.
In case, the blood is dry, you can scrape off the stain using a blunt object. Be careful not to scratch the walls in the process. Alternatively, when handling dry blood stains, you can wet the stain using cold water.
Once you have removed the excess blood, the next step is to identify the material of the wall. The most common types of materials are
- Painted Walls
- Wallpaper Walls
- Tiled Walls
- Stoned Walls
- Wooden Walls
Identifying the wall material before cleaning mosquito bloodstains will help you choose the appropriate method of cleaning. Similarly, it will help avoid harsh methods for fragment walls.
How to Clean Mosquito Blood Stains from Painted Wall and Wallpapers
Before cleaning bloodstains from painted walls, you need to consider any special instructions from the paint manufacturer. If there are any special instructions regarding how to clean items with that paint, then you need to heed to the instructions
In addition, before using any detergent or chemical to clean the bloodstain from the painted wall, test the chemical on another surface with the same paint. Make sure the surface is unnoticeable in case of any bleaching. Therefore, if the chemical bleaches the paint, you will know not to use it to clean the bloodstains.
What of the detergents that guarantee they are safe to use on any painted wall? If you have the best interest for your walls, you will take such information with a pinch of salt. It is natural for manufacturers to give promises of their products and not deliver. Therefore, even for detergents, it is important to test it before using.
The following are methods you can use to get rid of mosquito bloodstains from walls
- Home Made Cleaning Solution
Step 1: Mix Liquid Soap with water
Step 2: Deep a cloth into the solution and wring it completely before rubbing it on the stained wall. This prevents the possibility of blood drops from staining the floor.
Step 3: Continuously repeat the process until the bloodstain fades off. Allow the wall in question to dry up. Take note that you cannot tell if the wall is completely clean until the surface dries up.
In case the stain is persistent, you can purchase cleaning products like this specifically designed to remove blood stains from walls.
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is effective in cleaning bloodstains from light-colored wall paints.
Step 1: Apply hydrogen peroxide to the bloodstained wall using cotton swabs
Step 2: Allow the mosquito bloodstain to soak in the cotton swab.
Step 3: After cleaning the bloodstain, wash the wall with a sudsy solution of milled PH diluted in water. Use a clean sponge to handle the sudsy solution
Step 4: Dry the wall surface thoroughly. In case a larger area is affected, you can use fun to fasten the drying process. Drying the wall surface prevents lingering moisture that encourages the growth of molds
- Use Meat Tenderizer
Unlike hydrogen Peroxide, meat tenderizer is efficient in cleaning mosquito bloodstains on dark painted walls. The point is to make a poultice from the active ingredient called papain in meat tenderizer and water.
Step 1: Place 1 tablespoon of meat tenderizer in a bowl
Step 2: Gradually add water ½ a tablespoon at a time allowing it to mix and form a thick paste of Poultice
Step 3: Apply the poultice o the blood-stained area of the wall and allow it to remain there for about 15-20 minutes.
Step 4: After the 15-20 minutes, wipe away the poultice residue using a wet paper towel.
Step 5: Cleanse the cleaned up surface with a mild solution of PH neutral dish. Then clean the area with water. Be careful not to over-wet the wall.
Step 6: Allow the wall to dry up thoroughly. In case a large area is wet, consider using a fan to dry up the area.
Enzymatic solutions containing papain use the same concept as the poultice. The papain-based enzymes are usually in a liquid state. They have considerably less bleaching effect compared to hydrogen peroxide. Procedure for using these enzymes is similar to that of using a meat tenderizer.
- Use Ammonia
Step 1: Place a dish of lukewarm water
Step 2: Add 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent
Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of ammonia
Step 4: Place a clean cloth in the solution. Wringout excess dampness.
Step5: Gently rub the cloth on the stained wall portion. Repeat the procedure as necessary. When the mosquito bloodstains seem fed off, allow the wall surface to dry up.
- Repaint the Stained Wall Surface
Some mosquito bloodstains may be redundant especially if they are old stains. In such situations, you may have to repaint your wall. If the mosquito bloodstain has affected a small portion of your painted wall, then consider repainting only the small portion. However, in case your paint wall is already old, consider repainting the whole wall.
Other than that, always use a primer, it should be applied directly over the bloodstain. This is because some primers conceal stains.
- Patch Stained Wallpaper
For persistent stains, you can opt to patch up the stained wallpaper with a scarp wallpaper or remnant. Make sure you match the pattern of the scrap wallpaper with the rest of the wallpaper. When it comes to wallpapers always be gentle to avoid unnecessary damage.
How to Clean Mosquito Blood Stains from Tiled Walls
Tiled walls are the easiest types of wall surfaces to clean. This is because tiled walls are not porous. You can use the procedures of cleaning painted walls above to clean blood-stained walls. However, if you wish to make your own cleaning solution, here is a guide
- Home Made Cleaning Solution
Step 1: Place ½ a cup of baking powder, 1/3 cup of ammonia, ¼ cup of vinegar in a bowl containing 7 cups of water.
Step 2: Mix the solution thoroughly and pour it into a spraying bottle.
Step 3: Spray the solution on the mosquito bloodstain and rub the solution on the wall using a soft sponge. Repeat this procedure to satisfaction
Step4: Rinse the previously stained wall with water to get rid of any residue detergent.
- Use a Commercial Tile Cleaner
When using a commercial tile cleaner to get rid of the mosquito blood stains, make sure you follow the guidelines provided.
- Use a Paper Towel
Step 1: Soak the paper towel in dishwashing detergent.
Step 2: Place the dump paper towel on the stained wall and allow it to seat on the stain for about 30min
Step 3: Wipe away the Mosquito bloodstain
Step 4: Allow the wall surface to dry up
How to Remove Mosquito Blood Stains from Stoned Walls
When it comes to cleaning mosquito bloodstains from stoned walls, there are different products and procedures depending on the material of the stone.
- Removal from Alabaster and Marble Stone walls.
Step 1: Make a paste consisting of a cleaning detergent of your choice and chlorine.
Step 2: Get rid of as much bloodstain as possible
Step 3: Spread a thick layer of the paste on the mosquito bloodstain and over the surface with a paper towel
Step 4: Allow the paper towel to sit on the stain for about 2 hours
Step 5: After you bleach the entire bloodstain, rinse the stain away and allow the surface to dry up
- Removal from Other Stone Wall Surfaces
Other stone surfaces include masonry, brick, sandstone, bluestone, granite, slate, limestone, concrete, granite and terrazzo. When cleaning bloodstains from this type of stone I highly recommend you avoid using bleaching products. The following procedure will help you clean the bloodstain.
Step 1: Make a solution of warm water and your preferred detergent
Step 2: Apply the solution on the bloodstain. Use a brush to scrub the stubborn bloodstains
Step 3: Rinse the stained water and allow it to dry.
How to Remove Mosquito Blood Stains from Wooden Walls
The procedure for removing mosquito bloodstains from wooden walls is quite simple.
Step 1: Soak a sponge in cool waters
Step 2: Wring it to avoid over wetness and rub the sponge on the stained wall surface. Repeat the procedure until you are satisfied with the results.
Step 3: Wait for the surface to dry up
Precautions Taken When Removing Mosquito Blood Stains from Walls
Whether your wall is painted, stoned, tiled or has a wallpaper, it is important to take safety measures when cleaning bloodstains. We have outlined some of the most important measures.
- Always put on protective gears when cleaning mosquito bloodstains from walls. The gears include gloves, an apron, head covering, mask and goggles
- Make sure the room is aerated when using strong chemicals like ammonia or bleaching products to avoid chocking. Ensure kids and pets are away when using bleaching products
- If the mosquito bloodstains take place in a public facility i.e. hospital, follow the facilities procedure of cleaning up bodily fluid to get rid of the stain.
- Use Environmental Friendly bleaches that are useable on blood-borne pathogens. Preferably the bleaches should be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or similar bodies
- Although vinyl wallpapers are the easiest to clean, handle them with care to avoid tear.
- Always test the cleaning detergent or chemical on a different discreet wall surface before using it to clean the mosquito blood stains
- Never mix cleaning detergents or chemicals. The result can be hazardous
Can cleaning mosquito bloodstains cause infection?
Yes, bloodstains can cause infection if handled carelessly especially fresh blood. When handling mosquito bloodstains from unknown origin, always make sure you put on gloves and use a disinfectant. This is because the blood may contain pathogens that carry infections or diseases. While chances of contracting an infection from mosquito bloodstains especially old ones may be minimal, it is better to be safe.
Do these methods of cleaning mosquito bloodstains remove the DNA?
No, the above-discussed method of removing mosquito bloodstains from walls are purely for cleaning. They, therefore, do not affect the DNA material of the blood.
Can I use my saliva to clean mosquito bloodstains from walls?
One of the most effective ways to get rid of bloodstains from wall surfaces is by using your saliva. However, there is a condition; you have to be sure the mosquito bloodstain is yours. This method is effective on smooth walls example painted walls. Therefore, when using your saliva, place a clean cloth on your mouth. Allow the cloth to accumulate as much saliva as possible. Place the cloth on the stained wall surface for some time. The saliva will get rid of the stain.