How to Get Rid of Stubborn Blood Stains

Blood stains can be very difficult to remove no matter whether the stained item is clothing, carpet or upholstery.  Keep in mind that the best way to deal with a blood stain is to tackle it immediately. This doesn’t mean that a dried stain won’t come out but it will be much harder. Sometimes, the blood stain may remain after the first attempt to remove it, but if you are patient and persistent, the stain will eventually disappear. Another thing you should do before treating a blood stain is to test your cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the stained material if you want to avoid any possible damage caused by the stain remover. Here are a few tips that can help you to get rid of stubborn blood stains on clothing, carpeting and upholstery.

To remove stubborn blood stains from clothing, rinse the garment with cold running water first. This will remove most of the stain, especially if you have caught it  fresh. Do not use hot water by any circumstances, because it will permanently set the stain into the fabric, according to cleaners Penge. If necessary, use your fingers to rub the spot  gently in order to loosen the blood. Next, pour 1/8 cup of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent directly on the stain and rub it into the garment with a soft cloth. Once you have done with the pre-treatment of the stain, soak the clothing in a bucket of cold water and ½ cup of oxygenated stain remover for about an hour. Add ¼ cup of chlorine bleach to the mixture if the clothing is white, but soak for no more than 15 minutes. Finally, wash the garment as usual. If the stain remains, repeat the process.

To remove blood stains from carpet and upholstery, blot up the blood that hasn’t seeped yet with a white cloth. For synthetic and wool carpets, as well as, for upholstery that has the care label “W”, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon of mild dish-washing liquid and 2 cups of cool water to get rid of the blood stain. Use a clean cloth to blot the stain with the mixture, then blot dry with a clean towel.  If there is still any traces of blood on the carpet or upholstery, make a solution of 1/8 cup of oxygenated stain remover and 2 cups of cool water, then blot the stain with it.  Rinse the area with cool water. Be careful not to over-saturated the carpet. For upholstery that has an “S” label, cleaners Penge advise using a dry cleaning solvent to blot the stain out of the fabric. Once the blood stain has been removed, let the area to air dry completely.


March 27, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning

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