Isn't it frustrating when you get a tough stain on fabric, that is stubborn to remove? I have certainly found myself scrubbing at a stain and feeling hopeless. Something like blood can require some real elbow grease to clean off, however it can be done. In this article, we will take a look at how to remove old blood stains, in an easy and effective way.
Removing dried blood
Once a stain is set into the fabric, it can be much more difficult to remove since it has penetrated the fibre of the fabric, but it isn't impossible, you just need to know where to look for the right products and know-how. I have been scouring the internet for advice and have come across some pretty useful ideas which I would love to share with you.
WikiHow suggests not washing or drying an item once a stain has appeared, but rather tackling the stain before even attempting to wash it. You can take a look at that information using the following link.
When it comes to the aforementioned elbow grease, it'll make your life much easier if you scrub at the stain using soap and water whilst laying the stain face down on a hard surface. This way, the detergent will be able to get right into the fabric. Before attempting this, it's highly advisable to run the stain under cold water for a few minutes at the very least, you should notice some marked improvement before you have even begun any intense stain removal.
One way of blood stain removal that I particularly favour is to apply soap and water and then rub the stained fabric on itself, fold over the stained portion and rub it together for a really effective method.
One thing you should always be sure of when attempting to remove a stain, is to keep rinsing the area and applying new soap or stain remover. Doing this will ensure that you don't overuse one application of soap, lessening its effect.
Removing a fresh blood stain
From researching many methods, one of the things I have discovered is that a fresh blood stain will respond very well if cleaned with saliva. Gross, right? This should be your first method if you notice blood on the fabric right away. Perhaps an unexpected nose bleed or a razor nick has spattered some fresh blood right across your favourite white T-shirt. Simply apply some saliva and give it a good rub.
If that's too much for you to bare, and you have instant access to a washing machine, you can put the garment straight in on a warm cycle and, provided you haven't allowed the stain to dry or set at all, you should achieve a perfect result from just washing as normal. I have used this method many times on a fresh blood stain, and it has never failed.
Blood stain removal products
There are so many stain removal products on the market, it can be a little intimidating when you're confronted with all the promises of 'like new' and 'whitens better than any other brand.' So what do you choose? Having used quite a few stain removers around my home, (with four children, things can get messy) I feel confident in searching out a good product.
Amazon is a great place to start. I use this website so often for buying many different items and it has an array of different stain removing products for just about anything you could imagine. Let's take a look at a couple of my favourites.
Vanish is an extremely reputable stain removal company that you have likely heard of before. I would definitely recommend purchasing some just to keep in your cleaning cupboard because you never know when you may need it. Hit this link to get yours now.
Stain Devils is another brand that comes highly recommended and they have a variety of different products for various fabrics and colours, however, they also sell an all purpose stain remover that is ideal for your day to day stain removal needs. Hop on over to Amazon where you can pick some up for a reasonable price.
It is so good in this digital age to be able to get online and find a solution to almost any problem. Blood stain removal is no different. One of the most popular ways to solve an issue is to watch an online video tutorial. These can be found all over the web but one of the easiest resources has got to be YouTube. I have found some really useful videos on the subject of removing old blood stains and I'd love to share the links with you.
If you don't have a lot of time then this is the video for you. A quick and effective tip on blood stain removal that will have you on the go again in no time.
Quick Tip: How to Remove Blood Stains | A Thousand Words
If you've got a little more time to spare, then I found this great video with an array of methods that aims to find the best one, and of course, you could try them all for yourself and see which one works best for your stain.
Remove Blood Stains from Mattress - 10+ Tests to Find THE BEST Way!
There are, of course, thousands of these types of video tutorials and I would always recommend having a look to find what will work best for you.
So, there we have it, a blood stain on your clothing or furniture is not the end of the world and it can be removed. All it takes is a little know how and the right tools to have your fabrics looking as good as new.
Here's a few important points to remember;
• Always remove the stain before washing or drying, if the stain has dried.
• A fresh stain can simply be washed in a machine.
• When removing blood stains, make sure you repeatedly use fresh detergent for maximum results.
• Check out stain removal brands.
• Get tips online in order to get the best ideas for the best results.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask us. I hope you have found this article useful.