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.

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