It is difficult to remove blood stains. It will be more difficult to remove dried blood from silk. Besides, silk is a very delicate fabric, thus you should treat it very gently when removing its stains. The items below can be used to rid your favorite blouse of the dreaded stains.
There is a wide variety of silks, and different silk needs different cleaning methods. For washable silk, you can remove their stains by yourself. However, before removing stains, you should test a small hidden area.
- Moisten stained area with cool water.
- Place meat tenderizer to the stain to help loose the “clot” of the dried blood.
- Make sure it is damp but not soaked.
- After a few minutes, use a clean, soft cloth to blot the stain.
- Frequently turn the cloth to keep a clean surface.
- Rinse the silk thoroughly and let it to dry immediately to avoid water stains.
If the stain remains, try the following method.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of ammonia with 1 cup of water.
- Use a clean cloth to blot the mixture onto the stain.
- Use another clean cloth to blot the stain.
- Wash the silk according to label directions to remove any residue.
If the stain still exists, you may need a stronger cleaning product like Hydrogen peroxide.
- Mix 1 part peroxide with 10 parts water.
- Test the mixture on a small hidden area since hydrogen peroxide can bleach some products.
- Blot the mixture onto the stain with a soft cloth.
- Rinse and launder silk as usual.
- Hang silk or lay it flat on a dry towel to dry it.
For “dry clean only” silk, you had better take it to dry cleaner and point out the stain, then professionals will remove the stain with appropriate chemicals.