How To Remove A Blood Stain
Tips On Removing Blood Stains
Removing stains from fabrics and clothing is not easy. But blood can be one of the most difficult things to get out when it has stained. Wherever you have humans, you can have blood stains. Whether your get an emergency nosebleed, have an accident, paper cut your finger or get someone else’s blood on you, chances are you want it removed.
You might have heard many different tips and tricks for removing blood stains. Since it is such a difficult stain to remove, people have at some point tried just about everything.
Below are some proven effective techniques in most cases. Remember, depending on the fabric and how long the stain has been there, you will have varying results at removing blood stain problems.
- Place area in question in a small container, pour Hydrogen Peroxide over the spot, allow to foam.
- When foaming stops, check item.
- If stain still evident, repeat step #1.
- If clean, rinse with water.
- Spray Windex window cleaner on the stain before laundering.
- Lightly scrub window cleaner into fabric with an old toothbrush or a white washcloth.
- Launder with your regular detergent.
- If heavily stained, repeat the process again before drying the garment.
Removing Blood Stains from Delicate Fabrics
If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals on delicate fabrics, try these steps.
- Soak the stained garment in cold water for 10 minutes to half an hour.
- You can pre-treat the stain by dabbing it with shampoo or bubble bath but this usually isn’t needed if the stain is fresh.
- Next, pour some liquid soda crystals onto the stain and scrub with a nailbrush.
- Wash the garment as you normally would in the washing machine.
- If the stain is gone, dry the garment. If not, repeat beginning steps.
The general rule is that the sooner you get it out, the better but this isn’t always possible. Sometimes you may not see the stain or know about it. Other times, you might not be in a situation where you can treat it yet. If you see a blood stain, you need to try to wash it out right away or at least be able to pre-treat the stain until you can wash it. Never put hot water on the blood stain or it can set it into the fabric.
Never put a blood stained garment in the dryer or the stain will set in and turn brown and likely never come out of the fabric.
Blood Stains on White Fabrics
If you are lucky enough to get your blood stain on an item that can be bleached, you can probably get it out fairly easily. Before you just throw the entire thing in some bleach water, pre-treat the actual area that has the stain on it with just a small dab of bleach or bleach and water combo. Then blot the stain out. Keep blotting until you don’t see anymore blood.
There are other situations where you might need to know how to go about removing blood stain problems from clothing or other materials such as your carpet, upholstery, or blankets and sheets. Again, getting to the stain treatment as soon as possible is always your best method. Below are some more tips to help.
Emergency Blood Stains Removal
What happens if you unfortunately get some blood on your clothing when you are unable to change? What about girls that may face the unfortunately surprise of an early period? What can you do to remove the blood stain until you are able to change your clothing or wash the item?
- Never use hot water on the blood stain.
- Rub your own spit onto your blood stain. The enzymes in your saliva help break down the blood.
- Put a clean white towel or cloth below the stain and then one over the stain.
- Use cool water to blot at the stain. You should see it coming through the fabric and onto the white towel underneath.
- Continue this until the stain is removed.
Removing Blood Stains From The Carpet
- If you have blood spilled on your carpet, treat it right away with cool water.
- Use a clean, white towel or cloth to blot at the blood stain.
- Dab the stain. Don’t wipe or rub it.
- Neutralize the blood stain with an ammonia solution (1 tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water).
- Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle.
- Next, rinse with tap water using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
- Last, spray lightly with water but do not blot this time.
- Apply pad of paper towels to soak up excess moisture and allow to dry.