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How to remove blood stains

Having trouble removing blood stains? Follow this step-by-step guide to removing blood stains from any surface - fresh or dried.

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Whether it’s from paper cuts, scraped knees, your period or a nose bleed – blood stains can happen anywhere at any time. No matter if the stain is fresh or dried, removing blood stains doesn’t have to be difficult with our guide to blood stain removal from clothes, carpets, sheets and other fabrics.

You will need:

  • Hard brush or blunt knife
  • A microfibre cloth
  • Cold water
  • Soap
  • Washing up liquid
  • Laundry detergent

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Removing fresh and dried blood stains

If you don’t manage to catch the blood stain whilst it is still fresh, don’t worry. This method works for fresh and dried blood stains, from clothes, sheets, carpets and sofas.

  1. Remove solid deposits

    If the stain has dried, use a hard brush or blunt knife to remove solid deposits.

  2. Rinse under cold water

    Rinse the stain under cold water. For carpets, use a microfibre cloth to soak the stain instead.

  3. Apply washing up liquid or soap

    Apply washing up liquid or soap directly onto the stain and work into the stain.

    Always test a small area first before treating the stain.

  4. Rinse with cold water

    Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary. For carpets, blot the stain with cold water once washing up liquid has been applied.

  5. Wash with laundry detergent

    For clothes and sheets, wash in a regular cycle with Persil Bio laundry detergent for effective stain removal.

  6. Repeat steps two and four

    For carpets and sofas, repeat steps two to four till the stain has been removed.

Alternative methods

If the above method doesn’t work or you wish to try something more natural, we have some alternative methods for removing blood stains.

  1. Use baking soda

    Mix one part baking soda with two parts cold water in a bowl and dab onto the stain using a cloth. Leave for thirty to forty minutes, then wipe off all remaining residue.

    Always test a small area first before applying directly on the stain.

  2. Use lemon juice

    Simply rub half a lemon over the stain and sprinkle some table salt on top. Leave for ten minutes, and then use a damp cloth to draw out what’s remaining, then continue the removal process above.

  3. Use hydrogen peroxide

    Using a small amount, apply directly onto the stain, leave it for five minutes and then blot with a paper towel. Rub a little till the stain is gone.

    Whilst it is safe to use, hydrogen peroxide acts like a bleaching agent, so be aware that it could damage the colour of certain fabric.

  4. Use hairspray

    If all else fails, try hairspray. Simply apply directly onto the stain, leave for up to a minute, and wipe away the residue with damp cloth.

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