Blood stains are an unavoidable part of family life: whether from scraped knees, cut fingers, or nasty nose bleeds, they’re inevitably going to feature on your clothing as some point or other. Most people have a vague idea of how to remove blood stains from clothes, but they tend to leave out one crucial stage – and it is this which could ruin your garment for good. As such, we’ve put together this simple guide for how to remove blood stains effectively.
If you have a good-quality detergent like at home, you already have the most important tool for removing blood stains from clothes. Just follow the instructions below.
Remember: always check the your garment’s care label before attempting to remove stains and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle of any product you use.
Never use warm or hot water to clean a blood stain as this will make it harder to remove. If you’re out and about when the blood stain occurs, apply cold water immediately to the mark to make it easier to remove later on.
How to Remove Blood Stain from Manmade Fabrics and Cotton
Turn the garment inside out and run clean, cold water through the stain from the back. This will prevent the stain from working deeper into the fibres of the fabric.
Next, take a regular bar of hand soap, or liquid dish soap and rub it into the stain. Be aware that too much agitation can damage natural fibres like cotton.
Flush the stain with cold water and repeat the process until no more progress can be made.
Then, fill a bucket with a cold water and biological washing detergent solution and put the garment in to soak. The enzymes in the detergent will help break down the proteins in the blood stains.
Select a cool cycle on your washing machine and launder your garment in the normal way.
Remove from the machine and repeat the process if the stain is not completely removed.
Finally, hang the garment on the line in bright sunshine, as this will also help bleach out any remnants of a blood stain.
How to Remove Blood Stains from Clothes That Are Delicate
Blood stains are very difficult to remove from fabrics like silk or wool. Garments of this type should be handled differently. If in doubt, contact a specialist laundry service for advice:
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As above, turn the garment inside out and run clean, cold water through the back of the stain.
Fill a bucket with cold water and a specialist non-biological washing detergent and soak the garment inside. Biological detergents that contain enzymes will damage the garment, so avoid these at all costs.
Hand-wash the garment or machine wash it on a delicate cycle with an appropriate detergent to minimise potential damage.
If the stain does not come out, repeat the process or consult a professional.
Check the care label on your garment.
Flush the stain with cold water from the back.
Pre-treat the stain directly or by soaking in a solution containing an appropriate detergent.
Wash and dry as normal.
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