Dried Blood Stain Removal

April 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Laundry Tips

It can be a challenge to remove dried blood stains. However, this is not an entirely impossible feat. A variety of techniques have been used to remove blood from clothing, bedding, upholstery, carpet, and other fabrics.

This process may take some patience. However, it is much simpler once you have been given some practical advice.

About Blood Stains:Almost all blood stains can stain a fabric very quickly. It is the clotting and binding of hemoglobin and other substances that cause this substance to cling to fabrics. It is this clotting process that can cause the removal of it from soft surfaces and fabrics somewhat of a challenge.

Easy Dried Blood Stain Removal:The blood stain of course is easiest to remove when fresh. However, we are talking right now about the steps to remove dried blood stains.

Please follow this blood removal guide:

  • Gently scrape or scrub away any loose, un-clotted blood from clothing fabrics.
  • If it is on the carpet or on upholstered furniture, vacuum it over and over again.
  • Rinse the area with running, cold water, this will help loosen the stain and dissolve the blood.
  • While rinsing the stain, do it on the side of the stain versus over the top. This is important as to not cause further absorption into the fabric, upholstery, or carpet.
  • Soak fabric in cold water for 10 to 60 minutes, as this will dissolve even more blood. Change the water as often as necessary, and only soak the affected area.
  • Either blot the soiled are with hydrogen peroxide using a cloth, or rinse the soiled area in hydrogen peroxide.
  • In the event the stain is not yet removed, use a toothbrush to scrub mild bubble bath or liquid laundry detergent into the affected area.
  • Rinse the stained area and afterwards check for any stains that have not been removed and repeat blood removal process if necessary, following these steps.
  • Place the treated garment into the washing machine while adhering to manufacturer’s instructions.

More blood Stain Removal Treatments:

These might be used if the above steps do not work. Please view these various techniques:

  • You can apply window cleaner to the stain and then rinse with cool water, and then place item in the laundry if it is clothes.
  • You can create a thick paste out of meat tenderizer and water and apply it to the stain. Wait until it completely dries before you scrap or shake off the solution.
  • Use a salt water or saline solution to soak the stain.
  • You can soak the fabric in milk for several houses. Afterwards rinse and wash it.
  • Vinegar or club soda is two classic home blood stain removal remedies that might work.

Blood Stain Removal Tips:These are tips pertaining to the cleaning techniques themselves, versus just the blood removal solutions used.

  • Get rid of the blood stain as soon as you notice it, preferably before it completely dries.
  • Never use hot water on the stain, but rather use cold water.
  • Test cleaning solution on hidden area before using on entire piece.
  • Work from outside in when dealing with a stain to prevent spread to a wider area.

Preventing Blood Stains:If the blood stain is coming from a cut, make sure that cut is covered with a bandage or other seal. You can also use dark-colored carpeting and upholstery in heavily trafficked areas of your home.

Furthermore, it helps to use a washable mattress in the bedrooms. This is especially necessary perhaps in a teenager girl’s room.

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