The blood stains they are known to be among the most difficult to remove, as well as being the most unsightly to see on our clothes. And yet we all had to deal with it at least once in a lifetime.
Sometimes it takes very little, scratching on an insect bite, accidentally scratching or losing a little blood from the nose and the shirt or shirt are immediately compromised. Not to mention the children’s clothes, who are always active and always ready to peel their knees, hurt themselves by playing and stain shirts and trousers.
Due to the specificity of this type of stain, we have dedicated an entire removal guide, separate from the more general one on color spots. Some of the techniques used are similar to those for removal of transfer stains, for example, but when it comes to blood stains to bring our garments back to their original splendor you need to take some extra steps.
But don’t worry!
These are not difficult things or that require products that are difficult to find, it is just a matter of paying some little attention during the treatment of stains. Now let’s see in detail what are the methods for making leaders appear as if they had never been stained and you will see that it is easier to do than to say. The first thing to do is trivial: to determine if we are dealing with fresh or dried spots.
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Easy case: fresh blood stains
If you are in lucky quotes, you will succeed in intervening on the spot still fresh. In this case the blood it is not a big problem.
The first thing to do is to go and dab some excess blood, putting some absorbent paper even inside the garment so as not to extend the stain to other areas of the dress.
Once the situation is brought under control, just wash the stain with cold water and Marseille soap: most blood stains will disappear like a miracle! In the event that for some reason there remains a small halo or a trace of the stain you can try to immerse the head in salt water and then apply some hydrogen peroxide that should finish the job.
Once this procedure is done, you can proceed to wash the garment as usual. As we have seen, removing fresh blood stains is not at all difficult. Very important don’t be wrong: use only cold water! (there are those who suggest using the sparkling one for a better result). The important is that the water is not hot, since this would make the stain fixed more.
In the event that with these measures you have not been able to completely remove the stain, it will be necessary to treat the head as you do with those with dry blood stains, which we are now going to see.
A little less easy case: dry blood stains even on furniture, mattresses and carpeting
If the blood stain on our heads is old and now dry, things get complicated a little and the steps to be taken to remove them are a little more as you need to “soften” the stain that will now be fixed in the fabric.
In this case the first thing to do is to rinse the stain with warm water and rub it lightly with detergent or even better with dish detergent. The garment is then soaked in warm water for at least half an hour. If this pre-wash does not give any result you can repeat the soaking in a solution of water and bicarbonate. This step can however be useful if the garment also has other stains, marks or odors.
Once the stain has softened thanks to these dives, you can proceed with the actual removal, for which we have some possibilities. The first thing to do, after taking care to put some absorbent paper on the inside of the garment to prevent the stain from passing over other parts of the head, it is dabbing and gently rubbing the stain with a bit of degreaser. This will remove a large part of the stain. If you are lucky enough with this first treatment, the stain will have disappeared and will be discovered after proceeding with the usual washing of the head.
If you are less fortunate, after switching to the washing machine, you will see that the stain is still there, even if lightened. In this case it is necessary to repeat the procedure. Or, if the blood stain is very stubborn you can switch to a stronger method like rubbing the stain with hydrogen peroxide, or with sodium bicarbonate.
Also this procedure must be concluded with a classic and repeated washing in the event that it is noticed that the stain has not completely disappeared. In the case of white garments you can also use, very carefully, some bleach which will resolve the question of stain very quickly.
Let’s finish with some useful tricks
With these procedures you can be sure that the blood stains, even the old ones, will disappear without a trace, regardless of whether they are synthetic or natural fabrics. It is very important that you do it always pay attention to the type of fabric that is being treated, especially in the washing phase that follows the specific treatment for the blood, in order not to risk saving the garment from the blood and ruining it in the washing machine, especially if it is not in perfect condition.
A final fundamental trick is to always check, after each step, if the stain has disappeared and, if it is still there, proceed immediately with the next step without letting the garment dry. The drying in fact “fixes” the blood stain even more, leaving a halo that could be extremely difficult to remove.
Now that you have this guide, a speck of blood on your shirt or your child who returns from the five-a-side football in the yard with their knees peeled not a problem any more!