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Blood is one of the most stubborn stains to get out of sheets. It’s also one of the most common stains that end up on sheets. A bloody nose, a cut, or a mosquito bite that gets itchy in the middle of the night can all cause a blood stain on otherwise great sheets.
The scientific reason why blood is so difficult to get out of fabrics is the same reason why cuts eventually stop bleeding – blood clots together. Once exposed to air, the hemoglobin in blood begins to clot, sticking tightly to fabrics. With blood cells sticking tightly together, getting it out of sheets can become a challenge.
Removing fresh blood from sheets tends to be easier and quicker than if the blood has dried. If the blood stain has dried, however, don’t worry. It’s still very likely the stain will come out, but it might take more time or a few treatment cycles to get stain-free sheets again.
In this guide, we’ll explain several ways to get fresh and dried blood stains out of natural and synthetic sheets.
Removing blood stains from sheets can be done several ways. If one method doesn’t work, another one might be successful.
The best time to get rid of blood stains on sheets is when it hasn’t had time to dry. Always use cold water on blood stains. Hot water sets blood stains, so avoid hot and warm water when treating blood stains. Follow these steps:
If you notice a blood stain after it’s dried, the same methods used to treat fresh blood will work, but they may take more time (soaking, for example) than new blood. Always use cold water on blood stains. Hot water sets blood stains, so avoid hot and warm water when treating blood stains. Follow these steps:
Here are some options for getting blood stains out of sheets. These will work on both fresh and dried blood stains.
Clean sheets are an important aspect of good sleep hygiene. Sheets should be washed once every one to two weeks, but blood stains should be treated as soon as possible. The stain may take more than one removal attempt to come clean, but fresh or dried blood stains in sheets will likely come out with one of the above methods. Always use cold water, avoid the dryer until you’re sure the stain is gone, and the sheets will be back to stain-free and clean again.