How to Get Stains Out of Sheets


How to Get Stains Out of Sheets

Getting stains out of sheets is a challenging task. Many people try and fail. There is a reason for the battle. Depending on the substance that causes the stain, there are rules to removing those stubborn spots.

Stain removal takes a large degree of attention and, in some cases, scrubbing. In this article, we will discuss the proper way to remove those stains that so easily agitate us. So if that sounds like you then this article is for you. Go make a cup of coffee and check it out.


Nature has given us cotton as a soft, cool, and comfortable choice for our sleeping needs. Since the beginning of time, people have used cotton for these very attributes. Not only are these qualities convenient, but cotton is resilient to most stains. Considering that cotton is the most commonly used fabric for bedclothes, we will start there.

Most stains come out without much effort. However, biological stains are another story. Biological substances such as blood and body oil are the toughest to get out. In some cases, they are there to stay and sheets have to be replaced.

Non-Biological Stain Removal Procedure

Learning the basics will help you in the future when the problem arises. Before starting, here is a small list of things to take into account:

  • A biological stain, start on immediately.
  • Heat plays a big part in the stain setting, making it impossible to remove.
  • Older, set in stains are almost impossible to completely remove.

Knowing that, let’s get started. The old secret passed down from generation to generation, is shampoo and cold water. When the stain is fresh, it is best to immediately put shampoo and cold water on the stained area. Let it sit and you will start to see the stain separating from the cotton, though some stains may take light scrubbing.

Bloodstain Removal

Make sure that the shampoo/cold water mix completely covers the bloodstain. Remember the earlier you start, the greater the success rate.

  • Scrub the area until the shampoo absorbs into the fabric. Remember to get the shampoo deep into the fibers of the cotton
  • Rinse out with cold water. It is important to use cold water for bloodstains. The warmer the water, the harder the stain sets. Continue scrubbing the sheets as long as needed.
  • Repeat these steps if needed. Depending on the amount of time that has elapsed, these steps may need repeating two to three times.
  • When the bloodstain is gone, wash your sheets in cold water like you normally do. And that is it.

The removal of the bloodstain depends on the length of time that the blood had to set in. This is why it is important to start as soon as possible. If the stain has had a whole 24 hours to set in, then obviously the stain is there to stay and the sheets need replacing.

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