Getting blood stains on clothes, carpets, and other materials is normal and one of the most common stains that we usually receive on our clothes. There are various reasons for staining the clothes including a bloody nose, periods, or a cut. However, it is important to get rid of these blood stains immediately, otherwise, it leads to being colorfast. Thus, let’s take a look at how to get blood out of clothes and keep our clothes stain-free.
How to clean a blood stain from fabric
Blood stains are frequently seen on many fabrics like bedding and clothing due to ample reasons. In girls, periods are one of the major reasons for getting blood stains that make their pants and trousers look stained immediately. And for boys, usually getting their beard trimmed becomes the primary reason for making towels, t-shirts, and shirts stained. However, it is imperative to wash the fresh blood stain with cold water. This helps remove most of the blood from the clothes. But, this is also important to remember that we should never wash a fresh blood stain with warm water, otherwise it makes the protein of the blood congeal and solidified, ultimately making the task highly difficult. Points to remember are as follows:
- Not to use too much water, as it may spread the stain.
- Always use cold water and never dip the cloth in hot water.
- You may also use table salt, it accelerates the process of removing stains.
What things and processes are required?
- A thick edge point knife: This knife is used to scrape off the extra amount of material in the stained area, it is more useful in older stains.
- Liquid detergent and ammonia: Take ½ teaspoon of liquid hand-washing detergent and mix it with 1 quart of warm water and a teaspoon of ammonia. Then, you all need to dip the cloth in the prepared solution for about 15 minutes, and you may also use this mixture for cleaning mops and kitchen dusters.
- Let it rest: you need to take the fabric out of the water and rub it gently to soften the stain.
- Repeat the process: after rubbing the fabric for 15 minutes, you need to dip the fabric for another 15 minutes in the same mixture.
- Rinse it with plain water: After soaking the fabric, it must be rinsed out with plain water.
- Enzyme-based product: an enzyme-based product has to be sprayed with an enzyme-based product and let it sit there for at least 30 minutes. Further, older stains must be kept for nearly an hour in the same solution.
- Bleaching: if the stain does not come out of the cloth, then the next step is to use chlorine bleach, it may effectively lessen the tint of the stain.
All these above-mentioned tips and tricks are useful in removing the stain from the cloth fabric.
Other Immediate Steps
Fresh blood stains can also be removed with a mixture of cold soda water and table salt. You just need to soak the cloth in the solution for about 15 minutes and then wash it with detergent and plain water. Further, If there is any non-washable material that gets blood stained, then one may use borax or hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain, it helps the blood stain lift out of the fabric.
How to remove blood stains from upholstery
You need only three ingredients: cold water, a clean cloth, and liquid detergent
- Firstly, you need to make a mixture containing liquid detergent and cold water
- Then, dip the clean cloth into the mixture and sponge the stained area, don’t rub the stain, as it may spread with constant rubbing.
- Repeat the step until you get the stain lifted out of the upholstery.
- Leave it to dry.
Tricks to remove stubborn stains from carpets
- Take ½ cup of plain water and add 1 teaspoon of ammonia to it.
- Apply this mixture to the stained area and sponge it with a clean cloth
- When the stain disappears, cover it with an absorbent pad, so that it absorbs the water completely and doesn’t harm your carpet.
- Leave it for drying
To sum up, in order to get rid of blood stains, it is always important to wash the stain as quickly as possible with cold water. In addition, never put the stained clothes in the dryer, because it solidifies the stain and eventually makes it a stubborn stain.