How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Jacket.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Jacket.

General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any stain removal. Unprocessed wool has natural oils that will repel stains. Often the oil is stripped off during the manufacturing process.

How to test for colorfastness: Take the stain removal product and apply small amount to a white towel. Take that wet area of the towel and blot a hidden area of the garment to see if color transfers over to the white towel.

First step: You can easily blot off a fresh blood stain with a dry towel as soon as it happens. Follow that by blotting it with a wet towel, and then again with a dry towel.

Like many stain once you let it dry it becomes more difficult to remove.

Need Help: Once the blood stain has dried you will need to resort to products to remove it. Soap and water is always a good place to start. Create a spotting solution with 1part (1oz) of Laundry soap, 1part (1oz) of distilled white vinegar, and 6parts (6oz) of water.

If the blood stain starts to dissipated then skip to Finishing Up.

Need More Help: Hydrogen Peroxide is a great product to use on blood stains. Keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and can cause color loss so test for colorfastness before your start.

Finishing Up:

Once the stain starts to dissipate dry clean (wet clean) or wash the garment per manufactures care label. It is not advised to leave spotting agents on a garment for long periods of time as it will age and discolor or yellow.

Seek professional help with your specific garment 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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