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Proven Ways to Remove Blood Stains

We’ve all 'spilled a little blood' on fabric and didn’t know what in the world to do about the problem.

It doesn’t matter if the stain is on your sheets, your furniture, your clothes, or carpets, blood stains are not only messy but downright embarrassing.

But, we've all been there, and I've had to clean up 100's of blood stains myself.

Practice makes perfect!

The good news is that I can help you to clean up and remove blood stains once and for all. I've already done all the research needed to clean and remove stains completely and thoroughly, so you don't have to.

So, don't throw out your blood stained items- blood can be removed from most fabric with just a little patience and knowledge.

So, are you ready to learn how to expertly remove blood stains?

Let's get busy cleaning!

Evaluate the Stain

First of all, you have to evaluate the stain to determine what type of material it is made out of and how to proceed further.

This is because you’ll utilize different types of removal methods for different types of material.

  • What type of material is stained?
  • Is the material washable or dry clean only?
  • Is the blood stain new or old?
  • Does the material have any special cleaning instructions?
  • Is there anything MORE than just blood staining the item?
  • Has the stain been worked on previously?
  • Has the blood stain been exposed to heat, and is permanently set on the fabric?

Gather your Cleaning Supplies

Make sure that you have the right cleaning supplies.

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • shampoo
  • pH neutral detergent (no bleaches)
  • salt
  • paper towels or cleaning cloths

Blood Stain Removal Methods

In all cases: Treat the stained material gently. Harsh methods only damage fabric and may spread the stain further. Never expose a blood stain to heat. Don't use warm or hot water when trying to remove it, and don't put the stained item in the dryer until you are certain the stain is gone.

Follow these expert cleaning tips proven to remove blood from your stained items.

Heat permanently sets blood stains!

Now that you know the type of material that has been stained and you have the right stain removal supplies, you are ready to begin the cleaning process.

Removing Blood Stains from Washable Fabric

Salt Water

Rinse the garment completely in cold running water, then soak in a solution of 1 cup salt to 8 cups COLD water. Let the stain soak for 60 minutes. Rinse the item in cold water. Wash as directed.

Ammonia

Use approximately 2 teaspoons of ammonia with a pint of cold water and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and rinse it with cold water. Wash as directed.

Shampoo

Add a bit of shampoo directly to the stain while rubbing the soiled portion until the stain is removed. Wash as directed.

Removing Blood Stains from Non Machine Washable Fabric

To clean non-machine washable fabric;

Ammonia

Ammonia works well to remove blood stains but has a very strong scent. Do not use more than a few drops and be sure to rinse thoroughly.

  • Add a few drops of ammonia to a sponge dipped in cold water
  • Avoid over saturating the fabric with your cleaning solution and spreading the blood stain
  • Dab lightly at the blood stained material
  • Blot with a clean paper towel as you clean to keep moisture to a minimum
  • Work in a circular motion, from the outside of the stain moving inward
  • Rinse the sponge frequently in cold water

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a solvent and dries quickly. Be sure to avoid over saturating the fabric and spreading the blood stain further.

  • Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a cleaning cloth
  • Dab lightly at the blood stained material
  • Blot with a clean paper towel as you clean to keep moisture to a minimum
  • Work in a circular motion, from the outside of the stain moving inward

Removing Blood Stains from Dry Clean Only Fabric

Don't try to remove blood stains from material like suede, leather or silk. Take the stained garment to a dry cleaner to remove the stain.

Removing Blood Stains from Carpet

The key to removing blood stains from carpet is to work gently; blot gently rather than scrubbing the carpet to avoid fraying the carpet fibers.

Ammonia

  • Blot up as much of the blood stain as possible with a white paper towel.
  • Make a carpet cleaning solution of 2 cups COLD water and 1 Tbs. household ammonia.
  • Dip a clean cloth in the solution and dab at the stain, working from the outside inward.
  • Blot continuously to remove extra moisture.
  • Avoid over saturating the carpet with your cleaning solution
  • When the stain is gone, rinse the area with cold clean water to remove any remaining cleaning solution.

Removing Blood Stains from Mattresses or Furniture

Hydrogen peroxide is safe for fabric. It bleaches (oxidizes) without damaging delicate fabric fibers.

Household hydrogen peroxide foams upon contact with biological material. We use this foaming action to our advantage and blot up traces of blood that foam up when it is applied to the stain.

Hydrogen Peroxide

When you apply the peroxide, you’ll notice that it bubbles and foams. Be prepared to dab at the white foamy substance with a paper towel to blot away the stain. If needed, you can repeat the procedure. Hydrogen peroxide is safe for fabric.

Removing Heavy Duty Blood Stains

Household hydrogen peroxide is my secret heavy duty stain remover. If a stain remains after trying to remove it using one of these other methods, try saturating the stain with full strength hydrogen peroxide.

If the hydrogen peroxide foams, blot to remove the foam with a paper towel and reapply until it no longer foams.

Let the stain air dry out of direct sunlight. If needed, you can repeat the procedure. Hydrogen peroxide is safe for fabric.

Now that stain wasn't so hard to remove after all!

Blood stains aren't that hard to remove as long as you follow a few simple rules; get to the stain as soon as possible, use cold water, and treat the stained fabric gently.

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