How to Remove Dried Blood from Silk


Kim asked: How do I get dried blood out of a white silk blouse? My daughter had a bloody nose and got small droplets of blood on her white silk blouse. How do I get it out?

Blood stains can be difficult to remove, especially from sensitive fabrics such as silk. Fortunately, it’s a common problem, and many have found successful ways to save their favorite garments. Here are a few different items that can be used to rid your favorite blouse of the dreaded stains.

You Will Need:

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Ammonia
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Soft cloths
  • Towel

Steps to Remove the Grease:

  1. There are a wide variety of silks, and each may respond differently to the cleaning methods listed. These stain removal methods are only advised for washable silks. Always test a small hidden area first, to ensure that there are no damaging effects to the texture, color or sheen of the silk. Once the test area goes well, it is safe to work on the stained area.
  2. Begin by moistening the stained area with cool water.
  3. Apply meat tenderizer to the stain. The tenderizer will help to loosen the “clot” of the dried blood so that it can be removed.
  4. Be sure it is moist, but not soaked.
  5. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then begin blotting  with clean, soft cloths.
  6. Turn the cloth frequently so that you are always working with a clean surface.
  7. Once the stain is removed, rinse thoroughly and dry immediately to avoid a water mark.
  8. If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of ammonia with one cup of water.
  9. Blot the mixture onto the stain with a clean cloth.
  10. Remove it by blotting with a second clean cloth.
  11. Once the stain is removed, wash as normal according to label directions to remove any residue.
  12. If  the stain is persistent, it may take a stronger cleaning product. Hydrogen peroxide is effective in removing stains, but can also bleach some products, so be sure to test it first. Mix one part peroxide with 10 parts water.
  13. Use a soft cloth to blot the mixture onto the stain.
  14. Once the stain is removed, rinse and launder as usual.
  15. Until you are sure the stain is removed, allow the piece to air dry. Either hang it or lay it flat on a dry towel.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Some silks cannot be hand washed. When treating dry clean only silks, it’s best to leave the stain removal to the professionals. Simply point out the stain when you drop the item off so that they are aware of the problem. They will be able to remove the stain with appropriate chemicals.

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