Removing a Dried Blood Stain on a Wool Overcoat?

January 14, 2018

I have a wool overcoat with a sizable blood stain. What is the best way to remove the blood before taking it to dry cleaning?



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January 16, 20180 found this helpful
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Removing blood stain.

Step 1
Soak in cold water for a while.

Step 2
Apply hydrogen peroxide right on stain test first it can be like bleach.

Step 3
Tap with a brush.

Step 4
Wait a few minutes and blot off with a paper towel if the stains coming off go ahead to wash.

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January 15, 20180 found this helpful

Cold water and mild detergent

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

Soak the stain with cold water. NOT hot water which will cook the blood. Press the stain with a cotton cloth over and over again until the stain is gone. You may need to squeeze the stain pretty hard with the cloth to get it all out. Keep on rewetting and squeezing to get all the blood out from deep within the coat.


The water will not hurt the coat because it's meant to be out in the rain. Instead of dry cleaning you could just have it steam cleaned, only after the stain is removed. Good luck.

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

Removing a large blood stain from an overcoat will be tricky because you will not be able to submerge it or even get it very wet.

  • If the stain is dried, take a blunt table knife and scrape off any excess blood before trying to remove the actual stain.
  • Gather several white towels or large rags and a couple of smaller wash cloths/rags before you begin the cleaning process.
  • You can try straight white vinegar - dip small cloth in vinegar and dab on the stain. If it is very large stain you might try working on just half to begin with.
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  • Just dab - do not rub. place the wet cloth on the spot and use small brush to TAP on the cloth/stain. Do not rub - just tap on cloth.
  • Do the same thing with plain water - tapping - no rubbing.
  • Remove cloth and press stain with clean towel to remove any moisture. Keep turning towel until most of the moisture is removed. Try this several times.
  • Another mixture you can try is a solution with 1part (1oz) of Dove (or similar), 1part (1oz) of distilled white vinegar, and 6 parts (6oz) of water.
  • Use the same cleaning method as above.
  • Remove as much as possible but the garment should be taken to the dry cleaners as soon as possible.

Be sure to tell the dry cleaning personnel what you used and have them mark the spot and write it down or it could get missed by the real cleaning person.

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