Tips for Removing Blood Stain from Fabrics
When someone comes into your home dripping blood all over the place, the first reaction of normal people is concern for the one who's bleeding and what they can do to help, and removing blood stain is the last thing on their minds no matter how much mess is being created at the time. But once the tragedy has passes, the focus then shifts from bleeding to blood as we ponder how to best tackle blood stain removal. Removing blood stains can be a real pain, and depending on what it drips onto and how long its been left to soak in, will determine the success or failure of completely removing it.
There are some really good blood removal products on the market these days and many come under the guise of general purpose stain removers. One such effective product is from the range of Stain Devil. Stain Devil's fabric stain remover does a good job on blood stained materials but it's quick and easy to use too, taking little more that 3 minutes to act in most cases. Their fabric stain remover not only cleans up potential blood stains but it's also good with cooking oils, fat, suntan lotions, soots and more, but be warned that it's not effective on leathers or suedes, and perhaps a few other less common fabrics. The instructions should give details.
Stain removing products have been around for quite a while now, and the ones for removing specific stains have been getting better all the time. However, when it comes to stains, including blood, it’s best not to get complacent and rely on these removers too much. A rapid response to any stain is by far your best chance of removing it completely.
Don't Delay Removing Blood Stain
The longer you delay removing blood stain, the more stubborn it will become. Even though there are many pretreated fabrics around these days, we still don't have 100% stain-proof fabrics yet, and so any spills should be dealt with promptly as they occur.
Removing Blood Stain without the Fuss!
1. Before you do anything else, carefully rinse the blood stained area with cold water, but dab a little on at a time so as not to spread the stain. Remember, that's cold water not warm or hot! Hot water can actually set the stain making it permanent, so please heed this first step. DAB IN COLD WATER!
2. After carefully rinsing the stain, blot it with either a clean white cloth or paper towels. That's blot and not rub or scrub. Rubbing or scrubbing will not only spread the stain but could damage the fibers of the fabric too and damages fibers hold stains which could result in that area being very prone to staining in future.
3. The remaining stain can then be removed using a few drops of dish washing detergent diluted into a cup of cold water, but once again, be gentle so as to not spread the stain further.
4. Repeat the above 3 steps until the stain has gone or there is no more stain transferred from fabric to blotting cloth or towel. Once done remember to blot up any excess water.
5. If you have one, leave a fan on the cleaned area until dry. If you don’t have a fan, simply put a small stack of white paper towels or white cleaning cloths over the area and place a weight on them so that they will absorb any excess water out of the fabric.
So there we have it. Keep a blood stain remover product handy and your mishaps, when they occur, will be much easier to clean. If you don’t have a product handy, and if you’re reading this you probably don’t, then follow the 5 step procedure above and you’ll soon be home and dry!