Does Semen Stain?

After a hot steamy action in the bed or anywhere else (we’re not judging), the last thing you could probably think of is cleaning right after the deed. Sex is fun and brings closeness. But, it can also get pretty messy. Sperm stains or cum stains can be tricky to remove if you don’t deal with them fast. Here’s how to effectively remove semen stains. 

What Does Semen Stain Look Like? 

Semen may look transparent to slightly opaque at first. But once it dries out, semen stains can turn a bit yellowish. If it’s on a dark fabric, it can look obvious when it has been set. Moreover, the part of the fabric with sperm stains leaves a crunchy residue when it dries. 

How To Effectively Remove Cum Stains 

Sperm contains protein, and getting rid of protein-based stains can be tricky. Yet, like any stains, removing cum stains is pretty easy while it’s still fresh. With sperm stain, it’s best to get rid of it using cold water. It is because semen coagulates when it comes into contact with hot water. Cum stains on fabric tend to cling more when it is wet with hot water. It may cause a permanent stain. Hence, you’ll be stuck in a stickier mess than what you started. 

If you are also suspicious of remaining sperm stains on the sheets, it’s best to skip the dryer. The heat from the dryer can cause this protein stain to be permanent once it sets. 

A quick wash using a good detergent can get rid of fresh cum stains on clothes. In case you stained other materials, your best bet to clean them up is to use cold water and a stain remover. 

Here’s how to effectively remove cum stain out of sheets, clothes, carpet, mattress, or couch: 

Removing Sperm Stain in Washable Fabrics

Removing cum stains on washable fabrics such as your clothing or cotton sheets is fairly easy. Do not wait before the semen dries, especially on colored clothes as it can set and look obvious. 

You can rinse the affected area first with cold water and gently rub off the semen. You can wash the stained item in the washing machine and use a good detergent to remove the stains. But if you can’t do so, a spot treatment can also work. Rinse the stained area with cold water and carefully rub the fabric with your hands. Get a mild soap and use it to remove any stains. Rinse the area using a damp cloth, and you are good to go. Be careful when the fabric is wool or silk. A blotting action would work best instead of rubbing off the clothing. 

Removing Sperm Stain on the Carpet 

In case of semen stains on your carpet, you can use cold water and a detergent solution to remove the marks. Use a clean cloth and soak it in the soapy solution. Use this damp cloth to blot the affected area. Once you remove the sperm on the carpet, rub the fabric with a clean cloth dipped in cold water. 

You can also use hydrogen peroxide instead to lift off semen stains on carpets. Blot the stained area first and spray some hydrogen peroxide on the affected area. Let the chemical sit on the fabric for three minutes. Remove the hydrogen peroxide residue using a damp cloth and let the fabric dry using a paper towel. 

Removing Sperm Stain on the Mattress

Pro tip: It’s good to invest in a good mattress protector to avoid staining your bed. However, you can still spot clean the mess in case some semen seeped into the mattress. 

First, use a damp cloth and rub off any remaining sperm. Then you can use enzyme cleaners to spot clean the area. Remove any stain remover residue by using a wet sponge to rinse the fabric. You can dry the affected area by blotting it with some paper towels. 

Removing Sperm Stain on Upholstery

If things got a little steamy in the car on the couch, sometimes a few staining accidents can occur. In this case, a bottle of cold water is your best friend. Wet a clean cloth with cold water and use it to blot the area. Using a mild soap or upholstery cleaner, spray a few amounts on the fabric. Blot the area with a damp cloth to remove any soap residue and let it air dry. 

In Conclusion 

Dealing with cum stains right away saves you from the trouble of having clothes, mattresses, or sofas coated with crunchy residues. Semen stains don’t’ need to be permanent. You can use cold water to gently rub off the stain or do a bit of spot treatment. Don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts for more cleaning and washing tips!

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About Sonia Peters

Sonia Peters is a communications specialist and a freelance writer. As a mother of a young boy, she's a self-declared expert on dealing with stains and grimes after a fun day with her child.