As far as stains go, blood has the notorious reputation of being the worst type to get out. And for good reason. Blood is one of the hardest stains to remove but as a dry cleaner, we see it often and have a high success rate with getting it removed.
Below are a few tips we want to share with you so the next time you end up with some blood on your clothes, you’ll have a good chance of getting it out.
The Standard Approach
If the blood stain is new and still wet, use this approach to get it out. First things first, get the article in cold water. Warm water will make it set in so always go for cold water.
Use a clean towel or napkin to blot the stain in an effort to remove as much as possible. Be careful not to rub the stain, as this will push it deeper into the fabric.
If available, add some dishwashing liquid or even some salt to a wet cloth and use it to dab the fabric to remove as much blood as possible.
Get it in the wash with cold water as soon as possible.
Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
If the blood as already dried, try a mixture of two parts lemon juice and one part water and apply the mixture directly on the stain. Use your fingers to gently rub the stain to loosen the stain from the clothing.
If this approach does not remove the blood stain, try mixing up a baking soda paste using two parts baking soda to one part water. Apply the paste directly to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then take a cold, wet paper towel or cloth and use it to remove the paste. This should do the trick!
Finally, put it in the wash as usual to complete the process.
Before using this method, be sure to make sure your fabric is durable and can handle peroxide. Delicate linens and fabrics will become ruined with hydrogen peroxide so take caution.
Pour a small amount directly on to the stain and use a damp cloth to gently dab the area until the stain starts to lift from the fabric. Add more hydrogen peroxide over time if the stain is stubborn and will not completely lift.
Once you are satisfied that the stain is gone, put it into the wash as normal.
If you are dealing with a really tough stain, apply a small amount of ammonia that is partly diluted with water. Apply directly to the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes.
Use a wet towel or rag to gently lift the stain from the article of clothing.
If you do not have any ammonia, try using some club soda or vinegar with water.
Put it in the wash as you otherwise would to clean the article of clothing.
Using A Solution of Salt
Salt can be a very effective tool for removing touch stains, such as blood. To do so, add one cup of salt to two quarts of water and mix it up until the salt has completely dissolved.
Soak the stain in the solution for up to 30 minutes and then gently rub out the stain with your fingers. Apply a bit of detergent if there is a resemblance of the stain.
Put it in the wash on cold as you otherwise would.
As always, when dealing with any stain, be sure to check the clothing label to avoid any handling that may cause damage. If you are unsure, play it safe by simply soaking the article of clothing in cold water and then bring it in to Canyon View Cleaners for proper care.
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