Blood stains are one of the toughest stains to remove, given their uncanny ability to bind on the fabric in a persistent way. The key to removing blood stains completely, without leaving any trace, is to clean the fabric when the stain is its freshest. This however, may not be possible all the times and the bloodstain may grow much old, before you even sight it. The good news is that it is possible to remove blood from a piece of clothing, even without following any extensive procedure or cumbersome steps. Read the article to find some simple and useful tips on how to clean blood from fabric.
Removing Blood From Clothing
- Laundry Detergent
- White Paper Towels
- Stain Remover
- Thefirst step is to blot the stain using paper towels, as soon as you sight it. The stain should not be pre-treated, if it’s a dry clean garment. Pre-treating the stain can cause irreparable damage to the fabric, and even the dry cleaner will not be able to remove the stain in that case.
- Combine 1 tsp laundry soap or dish soap and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. Take a clean sponge and soak it in the soapy solution. Squeeze it to take off all the excess water and blot the stain gently.
- Look for any special care instructions on the label of the fabric. If there is any particular thing to avoid, you will get to know from the instructions.
- If the fabric is washable in the machine, wash it in cool water and allow it to air dry. You can also use a laundry additive for better results.
- If the fabric requires hand-wash, wash it gently in the sink, using a mild detergent.
- Air-dry the fabric. Take care not to use your dryer as the dryer heat can facilitate the setting in of the stain, if it persists after the first time your try to wash it off.
- If the stain is not completely removed after following this procedure, you can take the fabric to the cleaners.
Persistent Stains On Washable Fabrics
- Make a solution of equal parts of ammonia and water and use it to sponge the stain gently.
- Now, apply a pre-laundry treatment on the stain, such as stain remover or detergent.
- Launder in the usual way.
- Air-dry the fabric.
Persistent Stains On Dry-Cleanable Fabric
- Make a solution of combining equal parts of ammonia and water.
- Rinse the stained fabric in cool water.
- Brush the spot using a dry towel, beginning from the centre of the stain and reaching the periphery, blending wet into dry.
- Use a hair dryer or dry towel to dry the damp area from outside in.
Caution: The above-mentioned tips are not to be tried on linen, wool and silk. It is better to take such fabrics to the cleaners.