4 Blood Stain Removal Techniques:
Learn How to Remove Blood Stains From Clothing and Other Items in Your Home

Blood Stains: What You Don't Want

For blood stain removal, there are just some things you don't want...

  1. You don't want the stain to spread;
  2. You don't want the stain to set;
  3. You don't want any attempts at removing the blood stain to destroy you fabric.

To avoid the second point - don't - under any circumstances, use hot water on the blood stain. Blood stains are protein based or enzymatic. When heated the molecules bind together and set into the fabric. This makes a stain even more difficult to remove.

Another way to avoid the second point is to - get to the stain quickly.

Blood is very difficult to remove when it has already dried on fabric or some surfaces. But - following this rule is not always possible. Imagine the quite possible scenarios where 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.

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 useful blood stain removal techniques.

Here are some tips and suggestions that will help you remove blood stains, so you do not have to throw out a great piece of clothing or rearrange your furniture, to hide a stain on your carpet.

WARNING: To protect your fabrics, please test any suggestions made in this article on unseen areas of your item. If you are uncertain about a recipe. Don't use it.

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. So, start from the outer boundary of the stain and move inward. Use a soft, clean cloth to wipe dry.

To also remove blood stains from leather, you can put a little hydrogen peroxide on a clean white cloth, and dab the stain - 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

Blood Stain Removal: Carpet

In a half pint of lukewarm water, mix a teaspoon of non-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.

In this article I've share mainly homemade solutions for blood stain removal. However there are stain removers with enzymes call proteases which break down the large insoluble protein molecules into smaller soluble ones.

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