Cleaning Blood from Polyester

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 19, 2016)

Have you ever noticed just how difficult it can be to get rid of a blood stain? This tenacious stain is even more difficult when you are faced with it being on a fabric such as polyester. Polyester is a fairly delicate fabric, which can also lead to its own unique problems of cleaning. It's a good thing then that cleaning blood from polyester is possible, though some care does need to be taken. Here are a few methods that you can use to get a blood stain out from polyester. As you are using them though, be sure that you are careful so you do not damage the fabric in any way.

  • Bleach. Use a 50/50 mixture of Clorox and Dreft to remove a blood stain from any polyester. Apply it, and allow it to set for a little while, and then wash your garment as you normally would. For a particularly old stain, use to iterations of this method to remove the stain. Be careful though when using bleach, since it will lighten any material that it comes into contact with. This method should only be used for lighter colors, and ideally only for whites.
  • Hydrogen peroxide. Get a large plastic basin, and fill it up about halfway with some warm water. Put the blood stained items into the basin, and then add some mild laundry detergent. Position the stain so that it is at the bottom of the basin. Allow everything to soak for three or four hours. Toss out the water, and then refill with some new warm water and detergent, and one cup of hydrogen peroxide. Let everything soak for 24 hours. The next day wash everything as normal. Be aware though that hydrogen peroxide will act in the same manner as bleach, though it is a little milder on colors. Test the mixture on a inconspicuous piece of cloth before you actually begin soaking.
  • Cold water. If the stain is fresh enough, you can simply wash it as normal in cold water. However, if you notice the stain after you have already washed the item, then you will need to use a different method. One possible way that you can "get rid" of the stain is to dye the item to hide the problem area.
  • Commercial cleaner. A very effective cleaner that is safe on most fabrics can be found over at your local Dollar Tree store. This cleaner is called LA Awesome. This cleaner can be used as an additive to your regular laundry, or as a pre-treatment option. Be sure that you follow the directions carefully though so you do not accidentally damage your fabric.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Designing a Garden for Color

Color is an extremely important part of designing a garden, and unfortunately one many people overlook. Instead of relying on ...

Discover More

Removing Gel Ink Stains

Over the past few years gel ink pens have become an ever increasingly popular item around the country. Unfortunately, as with ...

Discover More

Planning an Irrigation System for Your Garden

Planning an irrigation system for your garden is, in many ways, quite different from doing the same thing for your yard. In ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Remove Stains with Vinegar, Borax, Club Soda and More

Sometimes stains just happen and fortunately for you there are simple, household ways you can rid your clothes of unsightly ...

Discover More

Removing Cranberry Stains from Cotton Tablecloths

Whether you are having a nice family meal at a holiday time, or you simply like the taste of cranberries, the stains that ...

Discover More

Removing Petroleum Jelly Stains from Silk

Petroleum jelly is an interesting substance that can be used for all kinds of different tasks. In fact this substance can be ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight minus 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.