How to Remove Blood Stains from Clothes?
No matter what has been the cause, getting blood on clothing can be a laundry nightmare. The unexpected task of removing blood stains from clothing can be even more of a nightmare for the 25% of the UK trying to limit wash loads to save money.
Removing blood stains can be complex whether you are a laundry beginner or an expert. Just a simple look online at the questions delivers a plethora of home-solutions from different cleaning products to beauty items. Whilst we are sure some of these will do the job, is it really worth potentially damaging your garment beyond repair when a perfectly viable option is available to you?
In this article, we will explore the best ways to treat blood in clothing and how laundry services could solve your red-stained woes. Afterall, why should you have to lose your favourite clothing items just because a disaster has decided to strike?
Love2Laundry’s Top Tips For Dealing With Blood On Clothes
Before we jump into the methods we guarantee will remove this unwanted stain from clothing items, we wanted to share the considerations you need to consider. It can be tempting to fly straight into recovery mode, using any remover you can get your hands on to fix the issue at hand. However, taking the following precautions along with our steps gives yourself a much better chance of eliminating the stain and not making it worse.
Read The Care Label
As with any other form of washing, stain removal needs to be done with the items’ care instructions having been considered. Some methods will not be suitable for more delicate fabrics. Additionally, some will not be strong enough for tough fabrics. Read the label and then choose your method of blood removal.
Don’t Use Hot Water
Did you know that hot water can permanently set some stains into place? Blood happens to be one of the things that becomes very tough to say goodbye too once it meets hot water.
Act Quickly If Possible
We know this isn’t always possible, but do try to determine your cause of treatment before things get left for too long. As with any stain, acting swifty improves your chances of returning the item back to its original state.
Are Blood Stains Possible To Remove?
Yes, no matter the cause of the blood stain, it can be removed from clothing items. The only differentiating factors are the length of the stain being in place and the type of material being treated. Furthermore, if the blood stain was put in the washing and drying process by accident before it was noticed, it could be harder to remove. This is another important reason for thoroughly sorting items before a wash. Despite this, it is not impossible to remove the stain; it will just be harder.
At Love2Laundry, we sort all items so that any marks can be given the specific treatment they deserve. This also prevents the stain from transferring to other pre- or post-wash items.
Ways To Remove Blood From Clothes
If you tackling the tough stain at home is your chosen method, these are the steps that you can follow:
Step 1 – Soak the stain in cold water
As mentioned, hot or warm water will set the stain in place. However, the item should still be wet when treated as the fabric fibres holding the blood must be made more malleable. Cold water opens up the fibres, removing some of the initial staining. If the blood is fresh, you should notice that the results are already partially successful.
Should the blood stain be dry and/or older, add a couple of teaspoons of laundry detergent into the water. For fresh blood, leave to soak for around an hour, but overnight may be required for more embedded marks.
Step 2 – Use a laundry pre-treating cleaning solution
This could be soap, laundry detergent or a specific stain removing depending on the fabric that is being treated. The stain should then be scrubbed with a light hand so as to loosen it, not push it into the material.
NOTE – Should the stain still be quite bright or pronounced, you can repeat the first couple of stages again.
Step 3 – Wash as you normally would
Once the stain has been entirely or 90% removed, you can carry out the normal laundry process. Hopefully, now your item has been returned to its pre-stained state and is ready to wear again. Should a slight mark remain, simply follow the same steps again.
Can Professional Laundry Services Remove Blood From Clothing?
Even though the steps we have shared should work in most cases, there is always a chance that a blood stain may remain even after treatment. That is why it is best to leave the task to laundry services, with a team of experts well-versed in removing the marks.
The benefits of using an online laundry service for removing blood stains include the following:
- Stains are more likely to be removed, no matter the fabric being treated or age of the stain.
- Experts can also ensure the blood stain doesn’t damage other garments.
- Items can be treated more quickly in many scenarios.
- Some materials may not be suitable for any of the methods we have outlined, but in this case, laundry experts normally still have a few tricks up their stain-free sleeves.
Laundry professionals are used to dealing with all sorts of stains, with blood being one of the regular issues. Whether it’s the result of a nosebleed, the start of a ladies’ monthly cycle, or an accident, removing the stain is simple for experts.
How Does Love2Laundry Work?
When it comes to treating blood stains, our team of experts work quickly and efficiently to remove the offending marks. To do this, the following process is actioned:
- Firstly, a booking will need to be made for the cleaning service. We are an app that picks up laundry so the process includes confirming what you need plus your collection and return details. You can find out more information on how to use our laundry app for other purposes by clicking this link.
- Once our laundry experts receive the items, they will be able to separate according to laundry requirements. For blood stained items, a separate treatment and washing process will commence which follows along the lines of the at-home steps we have shared in this article.
- The items are then washed or dry cleaned depending on the booking. During both processes, a quality-check is carried out post treatment to ensure the offending marks have been removed whilst retaining the intended quality of the garment.
- Should a stain still remain, our team will repeat the process until items are in perfect, ready-to-wear condition.
- Items are then finished, via steaming, pressing or ironing. Once they are complete, items are returned to you
There is also no need to pre-treat stains if they have been left for a while, but should they be fresh, it is a good idea to follow the steps in this article. Although our laundry experts can work wonders, giving your items a pre-treat provides the best opportunity to remove the stain completely.
Love2Laundry offers laundry services across London and some other major cities across the UK. By creating an account with us, you can be guaranteed to have a solution to any laundry issues just a few clicks away. Take away the guessing work of removing blood and other hard-to-treat stains by leaving the task to our team of laundry experts. Should you have any questions, please contact our team today.