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It's never a pleasant experience to have blood stains on your clothes, but thankfully there are ways to remove stains successfully. Knowing what's the best method to remove blood stains will save you time and frustration.

In this article, we'll go over some common blood stain removal scenarios and the best ways to remove each type of blood stain.

Keep reading to learn more.

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Different Types Of Blood Stains You Might Have To Remove

There are a couple of different types of blood stains to consider, and each one requires a slightly different removal method. The first step in removing any blood stain is to identify the type of stain you're dealing with, as follows:

  1. Dried blood stains
  2. Wet blood stains

How To Remove Dried Blood Stains

Dried blood stains can be some of the most difficult types of stains to remove. If you're dealing with a dried blood stain, here are a few tips to get it out:

  • Soak the area in cold water for several hours or overnight. This will help loosen the dried blood.
  • Apply a pre-treatment solution or laundry stain remover directly to the stain.
  • Let it soak in for 5-10 minutes before laundering as usual. You may need to repeat this process a few times for tough stains.
  • For really stubborn stains, you may need to soak the item in an enzyme-based cleaner overnight or treat the area with a hydrogen peroxide solution.

How To Remove Wet Blood Stains

Wet blood stains are easier to remove than dried stains, but they can still be difficult to deal with. The best way to remove a wet blood stain is to use cold water and soap.

  • Soak the stained area in cold water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Apply a small amount of laundry detergent or dish soap to the stain and work it in with your fingers.
  • Rinse the area with cold water and blot it dry with a clean towel.
  • Repeat steps 2-3 until the stain is gone.
  • Launder the item as usual.
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if you want to remove blood stains from a carpet or remove blood stains from fabric, you may need to use a different method. For carpet, you can try using a carpet cleaner or spot cleaner. For fabric, you may need to use an enzyme-based cleaner or hydrogen peroxide solution. You can also try using WD-40 to remove blood stains from clothing. Simply spray the WD-40 on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before laundering as usual.

Removing Blood Stains From White Sheets

Another place you might find blood stains is on your sheets. If you have blood stains on white sheets, here's how to remove them:

  • Soak the stained area in cold water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Apply a small amount of laundry detergent or dish soap to the stain and work it in with your fingers.
  • Rinse the area with cold water and blot it dry with a clean towel.
  • Repeat steps 2-3 until the stain is gone.
  • Launder the item as usual.

Removing blood stains from white sheets is not much different from removing them from other fabrics. However, it's important to make sure you don't use hot water when soaking or laundering, as this can set the stain.

Moreover, and especially if you're trying to remove dried period stains from your sheets, it's important to be gentle so you don't damage the fabric.

A Note On Mattresses

If you have blood stains on your mattress, you may be wondering how to clean such a mattress. The best way to remove blood stains from a mattress is to use an enzyme-based cleaner or hydrogen peroxide solution. Again, you can also try using WD-40 to remove the stain.

  • Spray the WD-40 on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Blot the area with a clean towel.
  • Repeat steps 1-2 until the stain is gone.
  • If necessary, launder the item as usual.

Be sure to test any cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area of the mattress before using them on the stain itself. Some cleaners can damage or discolor mattresses, so removing old blood stains from mattresses is a gentle process that requires patience. But with the right method, you can get rid of those stains for good.

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How To Remove Old Blood Stains – FAQ

What Is The Best Way To Remove Old Blood Stains From Clothing?

There are a few different ways that you can go about removing old blood stains from clothing, but the most effective method is to use a mixture of water and vinegar. Simply mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl and then use a clean cloth to dab the mixture onto the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. You may need to repeat this process a few times to get rid of the stain completely.

What Is The Best Way To Remove Old Blood Stains From The Carpet?

To remove old blood stains from the carpet, you will need to use a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of patience. First, you will need to blot the stain with a clean cloth to soak up as much of the blood as possible. Next, you will need to make a paste out of baking soda and water and then rub it into the stain. 

Final Thoughts On How To Remove Old Blood Stains

In conclusion, there are a few different ways that you can go about removing old blood stains.

By following the above methods, you should be able to get rid of most, if not all, of the old blood stains in your home.

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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