How to Remove Old Blood Stains on a Quilt

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Quilts can tell a fascinating story as they last through the years in a family. Unfortunately, as you use a quilt over time, it may develop stains that set into the fabric. As time goes by and the stains set in the fibers of the cotton fabric, they often become difficult to remove. Remove old blood stains on a quilt by pre-treating the stains carefully. Through a process of different methods, you may be able to remove the blood completely or at least minimize the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Small bowl
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Clean cloth
  • Oxygen-based liquid laundry stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes line
  • Mix 1 tsp. of salt with 2 cups of cold water in the small bowl. Stir the ingredients to dissolve the salt.

  • Saturate the blood-stained area with the saltwater to try to lift the stain. Apply the saltwater with a clean cloth and dab at the stain to remove it.

  • Spray the stained area lightly with cold water.

  • Apply the liquid oxygen-based pretreating product directly to the blood stain, spraying or pouring it onto the quilt. Rub the product into the stained area with a damp cloth. Leave the pre-treating product to soak on the blood stain for up to 10 minutes.

  • Place the quilt into the washing machine. Set the temperature to warm and add an appropriate amount of laundry detergent for the size of the wash load. Start the washing machine and allow it to progress through the wash cycle.

  • Remove the quilt from the washing machine and assess the blood stain. If the blood stain is gone, dry the quilt in the dryer if you desire. If the blood stain remains, hang the quilt outside to dry on a clothes line, if possible. Often the sun will bleach stains out of fabrics.

References

  • Photo Credit Blue and coral quilt block background image by Bluebird from Fotolia.com
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