It is no secret that blood stains are one of the toughest stains to remove, but it is possible to get rid of them. No matter how the blood got there, you do not have to panic. With the right supplies and a few tricks, you can make sure that you get your pillow clean and fresh, and stain-free!
Removing Blood Stains
These are tips that you should remember in any case involving blood stains.
- First, remove as much of the blood as you can by rinsing the item in plain cold water. Add a small dab of dish soap to your fingers – this will help in breaking up the blood.
- Never use heat as it will only set blood stains and you will end up with permanent stains. This means that you should use cold water only, not warm or hot.
- Do not use the dryer. The heat will set any trace of the stain that remains, if there is any. Make sure that you either air dry the blood-stained item on a hanger indoors, or simply lay it flat on a railing or outdoor table so that the sun can draw out any remaining stain and dry it too!
Removing Fresh Blood Stains
If the fabric of your pillow is washable, fill a sink with cold water and put the pillow in it. While it is wet, hand-scrub the stained spot with your knuckles or fingers so that you loosen as much of the blood as you possibly can. If it is gone, you can skip pre-treating the stain and go ahead and launder the fabric.
Pre-Treating the Stain
Leave the detergent on for 15 to 30 minutes so that it can work on the stain. Once the time is up, the stain should be gone.
If your pillow is one of those that can be machine-washed, put it in the washer on cold. All you have to do is add detergent, and launder as usual. Once the cycle is complete, you will find the blood stain completely gone.
Removing Heavy Duty Blood Stains
If a stain remains, do not lose heart – you can still remove it completely. Just make sure that heat has not been applied to the stain – meaning hot or warm water, and the clothes dryer. Follow these steps to get rid of the last traces of blood from your pillow or any other item.
- Use full-strength hydrogen peroxide and pour it directly from the bottle on the stained spot.
- Dilute ammonia with water – one tablespoon to a cup of water. Apply the ammonia and then blot up.
- Allow the cleaning solution to work on the stain for 30 to 60 minutes, and then wash in cold water.
- Repeat if necessary.
Removing Old or Dried Blood Stains
- Soak the stained part of the pillow in cold water for a couple of hours to loosen and dissolve as much of the blood as possible.
- You can even run it through a thorough cold water wash, using a mild detergent.
Check how much of the stain has remained, and then:
Make a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of meat tenderizer with 2 teaspoons of cold water. Next, follow the instructions as follows:
- Spread the paste all over the blood stain and work it in with your fingers.
- Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes.
- After an hour, shake off the excess paste and wash your pillow in cold water.
As you can see, removing blood from your pillow is not the most difficult job in the world. All it takes is a little time and the right products. Whether the blood is fresh or dried, you can make sure that you have a fresh, clean pillow again.