How to Remove Blood Stains from Clothes

September 8th, 2011

The most important step, to remove blood stains from clothes, is to treat the area quickly. Take the contaminated article of clothing, and rinse it with COLD water. When caught soon enough, simply running water over the area can sometimes be enough to remove the stain. When this is not possible, gently blot the clothes in cold water. Be careful not to rub the stain into the fabric! Spread the area, stretching the fibers, by pushing outward with your thumbs. This will cause the “still wet” proteins of blood to come loose . Again, the blood stain, if treated quickly, will not leave a permanent mark! So be quick!

Never use hot water on stains of blood, because the heat makes the blood set, (like paint), and makes it impossible to remove. Never put clothes with blood stains in the dryer before the blood stains were completely removed, again, the heat will set the blood. In desperate cases, use bleach, or a mixture of lemon and salt. If the blood has coagulated on the fabric, loosen the clot by soaking and then treat the stain.

In all cases, make sure to soak the clothing in cold water for at least half an hour before washing. Afterward, other methods are to rub with soap. Then wash the clothes in cold water with heavy detergent. Make sure to check before putting it in the dryer to make sure that the bloodstains are gone!

As a last resort, soak the stained clothing in warm water with an enzymatic cleaner to loosen the stain. Make sure the water isn’t HOT, just lukewarm. Soak for at least an hour, then check to see if the stains of blood have cleared. Then, wash the garment in cold or lukewarm water. Larger stains should be washed after soaking to remove the blood as much as possible before washing.

Hydrogen peroxide is also a very effective method for removing blood stains. However, before you begin it is advised to test with a patch first to ensure that the peroxide will not change the color in the clothing to change. Pour hydrogen peroxide on the area of ​​the blood stain so that it foams for a few minutes. Then wipe the area and rub lightly. It is not uncommon that older blood stains may require repeated doses of hydrogen peroxide.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Carpet

September 8th, 2011

One of the most common stains that can occur on a carpet, is a blood stain. However, despite common perception, it can be one of the easiest to get out of your carpet if you follow the procedures discussed. It is wise however, to take special precautions when dealing with human blood. For example, if you know the blood is human, then use gloves to handle it. If the blood comes from a pet it is still necessary to wear gloves! It’s just not worth risking infection or catching whatever bacteria was OR is now in the blood.

Now, to the question, How to Remove Blood Stains from a Carpet! There is a significant difference in terms of blood stains, depending how severe the stain is. If the blood has been absorbed into the carpet and padding, background, or is already hardened, then you need to remove the carpet, or at least part of it, and the padding. No exceptions! Just replace that area. If the stain is so deep, you just really don’t want human or even animal blood in whatever form stagnant on your floor.

When the blood is wet, the first thing you want to do should be obvious, but we find many people ignore this step. Get to the place as quickly as possible! Do not let the carpet  sit for a long period of time. It is not only serious, but it makes the blood more difficult to remove. So be quick! As soon as you see the spot, take action!

Secondly, you must try to get as much blood out before washing. Try blotting the area with a damp cloth. Do not use hot water for this! The water MUST be cold or at worst lukewarm. If the temperature is too high, then the blood will set and can’t be removed!

Once you are satisfied that you have blood as much as possible removed from blotting it, the next step is to remove the remaining blood. Take some hydrogen peroxide and lightly spray the blood spot with it. Rub it softly with an upward motion to try and soften the fibers. Don’t do it too firmly, and certainly don’t scrub. That will cause the blood to sink deeper. Once you’ve done that, then dry it, and apply some more.

After erasing the stain as best as you can, for any remaining residue, apply hydrogen peroxide and let it sit. Sometimes it happens very quickly, other times it can take an hour or two. Once the stain of blood is not visible, then take a little warm water and rinse the stain.

Hydrogen peroxide can be easily purchased in almost every grocery store in town, and it works 99% of the time. If you want to get a little ‘aggressive you can get 20 or 30 volume peroxide with Sally Beauty Supply or hairdresser.

There you go, that should be enough to remove the blood stain from your carpet!

How to Remove Blood Stains?

August 1st, 2011

Blood stains are an inevitability for any housekeeper. Especially for parents, wondering how to remove blood stains is a situation that must be addressed. Children always find a way to get hurt, and even when they are fine, sometimes the furniture is not.how to remove blood stains Whether it’s a piece of clothing, a chair, a sofa, a rug, or a carpet, the blood must be removed, the question is how?

There are two methods which are acclaimed by cleaning experts to be the most successful.

The first method involves a fairly obvious procedure with a small twist. It is convenient because it can be used on any size item. 

  1. Firstly, the area must be immediately blotted with paper towels.
  2. The stain should then be treated with a mixture of one teaspoon of dish soap or laundry detergent, combined with one cup hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Use a clean, damp sponge to again blot the area.
  4. Finally, cold-wash the item and let it Air-Dry.

DO NOT put in dryer. The heat will cause the blood to set which will make it near impossible to remove!

 

The second method is slightly better for clothing.

  1. Start with using a clean cloth to blot the area, removing as much of the blood as possible. It’s essential that you DO NOT SCRUB! Merely blot the space. Your goal is to “lift” the stain, not rub it into the fibers. Scrubbing will make the blood notoriously harder to remove. Working from the outside of the stain towards the center will keep the stain from spreading.
  2. Let the stained clothing soak in the cold water. If the stain is on something too big that can’t be soaked, leave a damp cloth on the area. After the stain has soaked for a while, agitate it around to loosen the stain or you can even add a little bit of detergent.
  3. Combine 1 cup of salt with 2 quarts water. Let the stain soak in the solution for 30 minutes.
  4. If the stain still remains, rub the stain with a mild bar soap and rub the fabric together with your hands to rub out the stain.
  5. When the stain is removed, wash the clothing in cold water following detergent recommendations on the care tag.
  6. Finally, again, make sure to let Air-Dry!

If both methods fail, there are many random techniques that people swear by, but aren’t popular enough to have been verified by experts. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

These substances include:

Windex

Unseasoned meat tenderizer

Baking Soda

Vinegar

Lemons

Borax

Corn Starch