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Here's how to get blood out of sheets:

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Here's how to get blood out of sheets:

Act quickly: The fresher the stain, the easier it's to remove.

Blot, don't rub: Gently blot the stain with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel to remove excess blood without spreading it further.

Cold water pre-treatment (optional): If the fabric allows (check the care label), flush the back of the stain with cold water to push the blood out of the fibers. Cold water helps prevent the stain from setting.

Hydrogen peroxide (for white or colorfast fabrics):

  1. Mix a solution: Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and cool water in a shallow bowl.
  2. Test for colorfastness: Before applying to the stain, test a hidden area of the fabric (like an inner seam) with the hydrogen peroxide solution. If the color doesn't bleed, you can proceed.
  3. Apply and blot: Dip a clean white cloth into the solution and dab the stain gently. Don't rub, as this can spread the stain. Blot repeatedly until the stain lifts.
  4. Rinse: Rinse the area with cool water to remove any residue.

Laundry detergent or enzyme cleaner:

  1. Pretreat with detergent: Apply a small amount of laundry detergent or an enzyme cleaner directly to the stain. Enzyme cleaners are particularly effective for protein-based stains like blood.
  2. Let it sit: Follow the product instructions for pre-treatment time (usually 15-30 minutes).
  3. Wash as usual: Wash the sheets in the hottest water temperature allowed by the fabric care label. Hot water is most effective for setting blood stains, but always check the care label to avoid damaging the fabric.

Additional tips:

  • Don't use hot water before treating the stain: Hot water can set blood stains.
  • Don't use harsh chemicals or bleach: These can damage the fabric and may not be effective in removing blood stains.
  • Air dry: Once washed, air dry the sheets completely out of direct sunlight. Sun exposure can set some stains.
  • Repeat if necessary: If the stain is still visible after washing, you can repeat the treatment process.

For stubborn stains:

If the stain persists after these steps, consider taking the sheets to a professional laundry service for stain removal.

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