How to Remove Blood Stains From Any Clothes and Upholstery - Guaranteed To Work, No Fake Advice Here!
THE JOY: In an effort to draw attention to the strict restrictions on blood donations by men who have sex with men, and to help push the discussion about queer blood (and why we fear it), I participated in this money shot art project organized by my friend @tmars, called “Sad Boys”. To help him meet his goal of 50 of these paintings, or to learn more about the project, feel free to reach out to him directly with your interest. Must be in/traveling to #nyc to participate! #loads • Art by @tmars
No one likes to see a blood stain because it is easily recognizable and the site of a bloodstain tends to send repulsive vibes. A stain is defined as a discoloration that is lasting and difficult to remove. Blood is a red fluid, which is essentially protein in the composition. Therefore, a bloodstain is an organic stain. Many people tend to believe that bloodstains on fabric are classified as permanent or difficult to remove and they often try all sorts of fake remedies that do not work to remove blood stains and then they give up. Blood comprises of proteins that tend to bind to one another when presented with heat. This means that proteins are chemically reactive to heat or to certain chemicals that make them stain fabric easily.
First Emergency Treatment to Remove a Blood Stain
To prevent a bloodstain from settling is always the initial goal because helps the applied treatment to work well. The very first thing to remember is to always act fast. As soon as you notice the stains, it is important to give the correct treatment to remove them as soon as possible. Quickly blot out as much of the blood as possible using a cotton material or paper towel as an initial treatment. Cotton is absorbent and a paper towel is a great substitute that is quickly and easily available. Use a dabbing motion from the outside quarters of the stain and work toward the middle. This will keep the stain contained in one area as well as removing excess blood.
Second Emergency Treatment to Remove a Blood Stain
Cold water will not “cook” a bloodstain as opposed to hot water. Hot water will set a bloodstain, making it permanent and difficult to remove. Use a cold wet cotton cloth and dab the stains. For better results, remove the stained clothes or bed sheets and run cold water through the stains as an initial treatment. Fast running water will flush out loose blood.
Guaranteed Quick Simple Methods for Blood Stain Removal
A home remedy is an excellent choice to remove bloodstains from bed sheets, upholstery, or clothes, such as jeans. Using a home remedy is cheap and simple. It saves time since products that can remove blood stains are found within the limits of your home. Here are some simple methods: 1. Pour some white vinegar on the bloodstain before it sets and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Blot it out with a cotton cloth or towel. Repeat as necessary until the stain is vanquished. Wash with soap as normal to remove any blood residue. 2. Use diluted ammonia by soaking it into a cotton cloth. Dab the bloodstained area and give it a normal wash with soap to remove any traces of ammonia. 3. Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide directly onto bloodstains on clothes or upholstery and let it stay in for a few minutes. Rinse with cold water. Hydrogen peroxide is the number one home remedy for bloodstains though it has so many other uses in the household. It works best on fresh bloodstains but you may want to reapply according to the stubbornness of the stain. Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent and should be used with caution to remove any kind of stains. 4. Soak the fabric or clothes in a bowl of an enzymatic detergent for several hours and then rinse and launder as usual. Enzymes are a different kind of protein that break down blood, urine, sweat and other body excretions. Enzymatic detergents are biodegradable and friendly to most fabrics with the exception of some organic fabrics like wool or silk. Detergents with enzymes are safe for home use and are an excellent home remedy for bloodstains. 5. Surprisingly, coke or club soda may be used to remove a bloodstain. If you soak a bloodstain with coke overnight, the stain will disappear and all you have to do is rinse. This may not be a one hundred percent home remedy but it surely works for those away-from-home accidents that happen to your nice-looking, expensive clothes. 6. Mix a little cornstarch or talcum powder, whichever is quickly available, with water to make a little paste. Rub it into the fabric and leave in to dry in a sunny location. Brush away once dry and repeat until the bloodstain vanishes.
Don’ts for Blood Stain Removal from Clothes
It is always advisable to test a certain treatment on an inconspicuous part of your clothes if you are unsure of the result. On the contrary, some techniques such as ones listed below should be totally avoided. 1. Do not dry clothes or upholstery in a dryer after treating bloodstains. Doing this may accidentally set any bloodstain residues permanently. 2. Do not use an enzyme detergent on woolen clothes or silks before reading the packet to ensure that it is friendly to the fabrics and will not damage them. 3. Do not use any vinegar on cotton fabrics because of it is acidic nature. 4. Avoid using any bleach on spandex and colored fabrics to remove stains.
Additional Tips on Blood Stain Removal for Clothes
1. A soak in cold saline water works on almost any fabric. This is an effective method for removal of even dried bloodstains. 2. For those heavy fabrics such as jeans or upholstery, mix the following products with a few drops of water, if necessary to make a little paste: a) Meat Tenderizer b) Baking soda c) Liquid soap and salt Apply directly onto bloodstains and scrub using a toothbrush. Dab away with cold water. Keep a towel in between layers of material for jeans to prevent the stain from spreading. 3. In some instances, yellowing of fabric is the result of the removal of bloodstains and can have an ugly appearance on clothes. Yellowing can also happen due to use of a fake product. To remove the yellowing effectively, apply lemon juice or toothpaste onto stains. 4. Use protective clothing like gloves, heavy jeans or mask as necessary when handling other people’s blood to prevent any possibility of chronic disease infection. Some products that are lying somewhere within your cupboard or medicine cabinet are powerful on bloodstains. Having this knowledge is a special relief to those mothers who always have to perform first aid on their children at home. Washing blood stained clothes will never be the same tedious chore again. No more fake advice or fake products. Thus, we shall never fear the look of a bloodstain on clothes anymore.