How to remove a Blood Stain from Silk.

How to remove a Blood Stain from Silk.

Remember to always evaluated color and material. Test for color bleeding in a hidden area of the garment before proceeding with stain removal. Using a white towel apply a small amount of the solution onto the towel and dab a hidden area of the garment. If color transfers to the towel, re-evaluate the use of the product and technique. Rubbing and scrubbing will cause excess color lost. If the color is sensitive, you must modify your technique.


Blood stains can be easily removed when fresh. But as it ages it becomes more difficult. Depending on the color and the age of the stain it may become impossible.


Liquid laundry soap is a great product to create a spotting solution.

  1. The color will determine the concentration of solution to use. The more sensitive the color the weaker the concentration. Dilute the soap and water to create the solution you desire, a good starting point is 1 part soap and 10 parts water. Test a hidden area for colorfastness.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain.
  3. Tamp (tap) with a brush.
  4. Let product rest on stain for 5-10 minute to penetrate.
  5. Rinse area with fresh water.
  6. If necessary repeat steps 1-5 and increase the strength of solution until the stain is removed or switch to a stronger product.


If a stronger product is necessary, then switch to an enzyme spotter. They are available at your local grocery store in the cleaning product isle.

  1. Most enzyme products are color safe; but testing for colorfastness is always a good idea.
  2. Apply the enzyme product directly to the stain.
  3. Tamp (tap) with a clean brush.
  4. Let enzyme rest for 20-30 minute. Re-apply if it starts to dry up. Enzymes take time so be patient.
  5. Rinse area with fresh water.
  6. If necessary repeat steps 1-5 until the stain is removed.


Finish by cleaning the entire item as recommended by the care label.


Seek professional help if necessary. If you have a good relationship with your green dry cleaners, they will be more than happy to help you with stain removal questions.



Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito

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Other Articles of Interest:

How to Remove Blood Stains from Wool.

How to Remove a Blood Stain From Rayon.

How to remove a Coffee stain from Silk.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Wool.


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