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Question: Infectious Blood Stains?

 calypso - Fri Mar 14, 2003 6:54 pm

If blood gets onto fabric, such as clothing, and the clothing goes through the wash, but the bloodstain remains, does the stain still have any risk of carrying any infectious diseases (HIV, Hepatitis?)? Why are bloodstains so hard to wash out of clothing, and what causes them to linger?
 kathokatho - Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:43 pm

I can help you with one of your problems....and it would take care of the other if it is infected (although I doubt that it is). Hydrogen peroxide or some of the newer stain removers with a concentration of HP will remove blood stains. It won't hurt the bleaches out only the bio materials that make up the stain. Stains from nature are always the hardest to remove....that's why many artist' paints (the expensive kind) are made from natural plants, soils and animals to create such beautiful lasting colors.

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