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Four Blood Stain Removal Techniques


Whether it is a family member, pet, friends or even ourselves, at some point we are going to end up with blood on something and need to know a great blood stain removal technique.

Blood is very difficult to remove when it has already dried on fabric or some surfaces. Your child falls, cuts his or her knee, and drips blood on the carpet coming in for a bandage or you scratch yourself and do not even realize it until you see blood on your clothes.

In the past, we have often tried blood stain removal techniques and some work and some have not worked. Here are some tips and suggestions that help you remove bloodstains, so you do not have to throw out a great piece of clothing or rearrange your furniture, to hide a stain on your carpet.

1. Blood Stains on Leather or Suede- Use only the suds from a solution of water and mild soap. Rub the stained area using a sponge with the suds on it.

Do this carefully as you do not want to spread the stain. Use a soft, clean cloth to wipe dry. Another great tip for removing a blood stain on leather is by putting a little hydrogen peroxide on a clean, white cloth, dabbing the stain and then wiping the bubbles off.

2. Blood Stains on Wood - Use cool water on a cloth to wipe up the stain. Follow this by wiping dry and wax or polish as usual.

3. Synthetic Carpets and Wool Carpets - In a half pint of lukewarm water, mix a teaspoon of no-alkali, mild detergent. Spray a little on the stain and then blot up the liquid.

Repeat this until the stain has disappeared. For a stubborn stain, mix a tablespoon of ammonia in a cup of water. Sponge or spray stain and blot up, repeating until the stain disappears. Do not use this on wool carpets.

Place some dry paper towels over the damp area, weigh them down and leave until the paper towel removes the excess liquid. Remove and let the carpet air dry.

4. Blood Stain Removal from Cotton, Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, Linen and Spandex - Soak the fresh bloodstains in cold water and then launder in cold water.

If the stain remains, mix a half-teaspoon of dishwashing soap, one tablespoon of ammonia and a quart of warm water. Soak the stain in this solution for approximately fifteen minutes. Gently rub the stain and blot with an absorbent pad.

Once you remove the stain completely, rinse well with cold water and then launder as usual.

It is important to know some blood stain removal techniques using common household products so when the time comes you are prepared.

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