What do you do? Firstly, don’t panic! The good news is, most blood stains can be removed using common household cleaning products. The key is to act fast.
We’ve put this article together to tell you how to remove blood stains quickly and effectively.
How to remove dried blood stains
Dried blood stains are the most challenging to remove as the blood has seeped down into the fabric fibres and become ingrained in the material. Removing dried blood requires more effort and stronger cleaning products, but you can banish stubborn blood stains.
Solvents to remove dried blood stains
- Laundry products: Use a laundry detergent that contains hydrogen peroxide, such as Clorox formulas to remove the stain. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful chemical that oxidises blood stains, leaving your fabric stain-free!
- Vinegar: White vinegar can break down blood stains while also disinfecting the area. Dilute one part of vinegar with one part of water and soak the stained item in the solution for 30 minutes before washing with warm soapy water.
- Hydrogen peroxide: If you want a quick solution, then try spraying full-strength hydrogen peroxide onto the stained area and dabbing with a damp sponge or cloth.
Specialist stain remover for blood stains
You can also purchase specialist cleaning formulas that break down the proteins in blood, meaning you can remove the stain without having to scrub as hard. One of the best products on the market is Zout Stain Remover. Keep in mind that it may take several treatments to remove dried bloodstains.
How to remove wet blood stains
If you notice a blood stain while it’s still wet then you’re in luck! Removing a fresh blood stain is easier than removing a dried one, so act as quickly as possible to get the best results.
Run the stain under cold water
For wet blood stains, you should run the stained fabric under cold water straight away. This will help to remove as much blood as possible from the fabric and make the cleaning treatment more effective.
According to advice on Healthline.com, you should “be careful not to use too much water as it might spread the stain. Always use cold water as warm or hot water will “cook” the protein in the blood into the fabric resulting in a lasting stain.”
Once you have run the fabric under cold water, you can try the stain removal methods outlined above to remove the blood stain.
How to remove blood stains from mattress
It’s frustrating enough to get blood on your sheets because of a nose bleed or your period, but it’s even worse if blood gets through and stains your mattress. Luckily, you can remove most blood stains from your mattress completely with a little bit of effort.
Here are two methods to remove blood stains from your mattress:
Method 1: Hydrogen peroxide
Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the stain and leave for a few minutes before dabbing with a damp cloth. Repeat this process as many times as necessary.
Method 2: Baking soda & water
Make a paste by mixing baking soda and cold water. Apply to the bloodstain and leave for 30 minutes before removing with a damp cloth.
Tip: Avoid applying too much moisture to your mattress as water can damage the mattress and contribute to the spread of mildew and bacteria
How to remove blood from carpet
The most effective method to remove blood from carpet will depend on whether the blood is wet or dry.
Removing wet blood stains from carpet
- Blot the excess blood with a damp cloth.
- Cove the blood stain with baking soda.
- Add small amounts of water until you see a reaction e.g. bubbling.
- Scrub the area of the carpet until it is clean and then use a vacuum to remove any leftover moisture.
Removing dry blood stains from carpet
- Create a stain removal formula by mixing 500ml of warm water, 500ml of white vinegar, and 4 tablespoons of baking powder.
- Spray the solution onto the bloodstain and leave it to sit for five minutes.
- Blot with a damp cloth until the stain has been removed.
- Leave to air dry or vacuum up the leftover moisture.
Check out this blog by MYMOVE for more methods and guidance on how to remove blood from carpet.
How to remove blood from clothes
- Soak the blood stain in cold water as soon as possible. If the blood stain is fresh, then run it under a cold tap to remove as much blood as possible.
- Use a laundry pre-treatment or apply laundry detergent directly to the blood stain.
- Wash the item of clothing in warm water using a fabric-safe bleach like Oxygen Bleach until the stain has gone.
- Avoid putting the item of clothing in the dryer until the blood stain has been removed completely as heat can cause a lasting stain.
No one wants to have to deal with blood stains, but they are a fairly common occurrence for most people. The best way to prevent permanent damage is by acting fast when you notice a bloodstain.
Fortunately, most types of bloodstains can be removed effectively with swift action and some elbow grease. Remember that removing blood stains does not necessarily get rid of bacteria lurking in your bed sheets or clothes. Always wash these items again after applying any blood stain treatment to ensure they are hygienic and safe to use.