How to Get Blood Out of Silk?

Combine 16 ounces of cold water with 2 teaspoons of salt in a glass bowl. Dip the sponge into the saline solution and dab the blood stain until it starts to disappear. Next, use a fresh towel and rinse the mixture off the silk fabric using cold water. Let the fabric air-dry for 3 to 5 hours. 

Blood stains take a lot of work to remove and require quick thinking. If you don’t move fast and wait too long, these stains are almost impossible to tackle. 

You must take immediate action if you stain a sensitive fabric like silk because they are expensive. The important thing is not to lose your cool because even if the blood has dried, you still have a fighting chance. 

In this guide, we’ll teach you the easiest way to effectively remove blood stains from silk. Also, we will include 2 separate tutorials for wet and dry stains. 

Removing Wet Blood Stains With Chilled Saltwater

Step 1: Absorb Any Fresh Blood with A Microfiber Towel (H3)

Get to work the moment you see the blood on your silk fabric because every minute counts. 

The longer you wait, the more time the stain will have to settle into the material. Use a microfiber cloth to pat down the blood to absorb as much of it as possible. Continue this step until your towel cannot take in any more liquid. 

  • Quick Tip: Fight the temptation to start scrubbing because you will make the situation worse by expanding the stain. 

Step 2: Combine 1 Tablespoon (Roughly 5g) with 8 Ounces of Cool Water 

Start by finding a medium-sized bowl or container that can hold 8 to 16 ounces of water. If you have rock salt, it will be more effective than ground salt. Use whichever you have and mix it in the bowl with the cold water until you see it’s thoroughly liquefied.

  • Quick Tip: If your stain is bigger than average, you can double the recommended amount above or triple it, depending on the size. 

Step 3: Use Sponge to Scrub Stain with Salt Water Mixture

Dunk a sanitary sponge into the cold salt water blend and squeeze out any surplus moisture. Next, push the sponge onto the blood stain to ensure the silk fabric absorbs the saltwater solution. 

  • Quick Tip: Avoid moving in a back and forth motion when using the sponge. It will spread the stain and take more time to remove. 

Step 4: Wash the Silk Fabric Using Cold Water

Place the fabric under the sink using the coldest water possible to clean the remainder of the stain. 

Another option would be to grab a fresh sponge with cold water and use it to blot out the blood. Keep repeating either of the 2 choices above until you can get out as much of the stain as you can.

  • Quick Tip: Avoid applying warm or hot water to handle a blood stain because it makes it settle further into the fabric. 

Step 5: Push on the Silk Fabric with A Dry Towel 

Use a dry microfiber cloth and rub the fabric to remove as much moisture as you can. 

Next, examine the silk to check if the stain is still visible. If you still can see it, try the steps again until you get the desired result. Once the blood is out, leave it outside to air-dry under the sun for 2 to 4 hours. 

Removing Dried Blood Stains from Silk

Step 1: Combine Dishwashing Soap, Cool Water, and Glycerin (or Cooking oil)

Find a medium-sized glass bowl that can hold at least 8 to 16 ounces of liquid. Next, pour 2 ounces of glycerin, 2 ounces of dishwashing soap, and 1 to 1.5 cups of cool water. 

You are also welcome to put all these ingredients in a spray bottle if you don’t have a bowl available. Lastly, mix the ingredients in the bowl or shake your bottle with the lid sealed for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Quick Tip #1 – Purchase a bottle of glycerin at any convenience store or an online store like Amazon. If you are in a rush, you can replace it with cooking oil, but it won’t be the most effective. 
  • Quick Tip #2 – Blood protein removers are a great option if you are not a DIYer and prefer to buy a cleaning solution tailor-made for this problem. All you have to do is read the bottle’s instructions, and you can start using it immediately. 
  • Quick Tip #3 – An alternative natural at-home recipe you can try will require using meat tenderizer powder with cold water to create a dense paste.

    Apply the paste to the stain gently until you cover every inch. This method is effective because of the enzymes in this mixture that tear apart the bloodstain. Be sure not to let it settle on your fabric for longer than 15 minutes, or you will damage the silk fabric. 

Step 2: Dampen A Sponge With the Mixture and Apply to the Fabric

Sponges are preferred, but you can also use a microfiber cloth. Your only concern should be that it is big enough to cover the entire stain. Allow the solution to settle on the blood stain for 5 to 7 minutes. Use the cloth again if it still hasn’t faded. 

Step 3: Dab the Silk Fabric with Fresh Water to Take the Mixture Off

Use a fresh towel or a clean sponge for this step. First, dunk the sponge in the cool water and push it softly into the fabric. Continue this movement until the mixture is off entirely. 

  • Quick Tip: If you went the meat tenderizer route, we suggest you hand wash with cold water under your bathroom sink and don’t throw it in the washer. 

Step 4 Clean Silk Fabric and Let It Air-Dry

Using your hands, you can clean the soap off in a glass bowl filled with fresh water. Another easier option if you have a washer is to clean your fabric using the cold, gentle cycle setting on the machine. 

Before trying the second option, review the care instructions on the fabric tag to ensure you don’t wash it incorrectly. Lastly, once the washer stops, lay your silk out to air-dry under the sun for 3 to 5 hours or until completely dry. 

  • Quick Tip: Depending on the kind of silk you have, we suggest you take it to the dry cleaner for a professional wash if that’s what the tag recommends. 

2 Alternative Methods to Remove Blood Stains

If you tried the steps in the tutorials above, but the blood stain is still visible, we recommend using the more powerful methods below. 

Ammonia Alternative

  1. Combine 1 teaspoon of ammonia with 8 ounces of water in a glass bowl. 
  1. Dip a microfiber towel into the mixture in the bowl and use it to dab the blood stain. 
  1. Use a dry sponge or towel to remove as much of the solution from the stain as possible. 
  1. Rinse the silk fabric in a bowl filled with fresh water or wash it under your bathroom sink. 

Hydrogen Peroxide Alternative (Use only as a last resort)

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 16 ounces of cold water in a glass bowl or container. 
  1. It’s a potent mixture so test it on an inner area of the fabric to ensure it doesn’t leave a white bleach spot. 
  1. Dab the mixture on the blood stain with a microfiber towel. 
  1. Put the silk material in a washing machine under a cold setting or hand wash under your sink. 
  1. Allow silk to air-dry for 3 to 5 hours. 

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Get Blood Out of Silk

Can human saliva remove blood stains from silk? 

Put a Q-tip in your mouth until it’s wet, and use it to dab the blood stain until it fades. Rinse with water when you’re done and leave outside to air-dry. 

Does baking soda remove blood from silk? 

Combine 16 ounces of cold water with 4 ounces of baking soda until it forms a paste. Apply directly to the stain with a wet towel until it disappears, then let the fabric air dry. 

Can you wash blood stains from silk in vinegar? 

Soak the silk fabric in a bowl of white vinegar for 30 minutes, then rinse it with fresh water. You may need to repeat this step a few times until the blood stain disappears. 

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