How to Remove Blood Stains from Sheets

From fine linens to easy-to-replace children's bedding, no one wants blood stains on their bedding. Removing blood stains from sheets - whether the stain is caused by  bloody nose or a simple scratch - is not as difficult as one might imagine. There are several key factors to remember: read on to learn how to remove blood stains from your sheets successfully.

Remove Blood Stains from Sheets

First of all, it is important to note that blood is a protein stain. Because of this, the steps you take to remove the stain can either aid in the stain removal or set the stain further into the fabric.

Important Factors when Removing Blood Stains from Fabric

As with most stains, chances of successful remove decrease as time passes. To completely remove blood stains from sheets, treat the stain as soon as possible. If you can begin taking stain removal steps while the blood is still wet, you will increase your ability to remove the stain. If you are trying to stop a bloody nose or dealing with an accident, you can delay the treatment process and increase your chances of success by immediately stripping the sheets from the bed and placing in a bathtub of cold water. Try to arrange the stain so that it isn't touching the rest of the sheet. Keeping the stain wet will help prevent it from setting into the fabric. 

Cold water is an essential part of treating blood stains on any fabric. Warm or hot water can actually cook the proteins found in the blood, resulting in coagulated blood forming between the fibers of the sheet. This causes the stain to attach to the fibers, becoming difficult to remove. You should only treat blood stains with cold water. 

Removing Fresh Blood Stains from Sheets

Fresh blood stains, or those soaked for a short amount of time in cold water, are the easiest to remove from fabric.

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Ammonia

Rinse the blood stain thoroughly under cold running water to remove as much of the blood as possible. Mix together one quart of cold water with 1/2 teaspoon mild dishwashing liquid and a tablespoon of ammonia. Stir to combine. Soak the blood stained are of the sheet in the solution for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rub the stain gently. Allow to soak for another 15 minutes, and then rinse under cold running water. Once the stain is completely removed, you may launder the sheet as normal using a heavy-duty laundry detergent.

Removing Stubborn Blood Stains from Sheets

If a fresh blood stain is not easily removed using the above steps, you may need to use an enzyme-based stain remover, such as Biz. The enzymes in the product help to break down the proteins in the stain. You simply prepare the enzyme product according to label directions. Soak the entire sheet in the product for 30 minutes. Then launder in cold water and heavy-duty laundry detergent. Inspect carefully for remaining stains before placing in the dryer. The heat from the dryer will set the stain, making it harder to remove. 

Removing Dried Blood Stains from Sheets

Older, dried stains require a bit more time and effort to remove than fresh blood stains. The blood has probably already coagulated and set into the fibers of the fabric. Despite being a difficult-to-remove stain, it is possible to remove old blood stains when you use the proper stain removal products. 

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Enzyme Product
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ammonia

Start by soaking the blood stain in a strong mixture of water and an enzyme product. You may need to soak the stain for several hours. Gently rub the stain occasionally to loosen the stain and check for progress. If the stain still remains after several hours, you may need to apply a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. If the stain is removed, wash as normal using a heavy-duty laundry detergent.

What You'll Need Before You Start:

  • Clean, white towels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  1. Start by removing the enzyme product from the sheet by washing in cold water using a heavy-duty laundry detergent. Do not dry the sheet, but leave it damp.
  2. Fold a clean, white towel until it is several layers thick. This will help prevent any excess stain treatment solutions from damaging the surfaces underneath the sheet. 
  3. Place the blood stain directly over the folded towel. 
  4. Wet the stain thoroughly using hydrogen peroxide.
  5. Generously sprinkle ammonia over the stained area. 
  6. Allow to penetrate the stain for only 15 minutes. 
  7. Rinse under cool running water. 
  8. Wash as normal using heavy-duty laundry detergent. 

Taking the proper steps and using the right products makes the removal of blood stains a simple task. When treated while the stain is still fresh, the success rate is almost 100%. The same stain removal techniques may be used to remove blood stains from the mattress underneath the sheet. You simply need to blot frequently to prevent the solutions from penetrating deep into the mattress.