If you're a silk bedding fan, you know nothing compares to the deep, luxurious, beauty rest you get from sleeping on silk. So, naturally, waking up to find blood on your silk pillowcase or sheets is definitely not your idea of a good time.
Trust us, we've been there. And as a leading retailer of fine silk bedding, Mulberry Park Silks has answers to this common problem. We're here to offer top tips and best practices for blood stain removal for sheets, pillowcases, and other silk items (including washable silk clothes). Read on to learn how to effectively tackle blood stains and get your silk sheets back on your bed ASAP.
Five Steps to Remove Blood Stains from Silk Pillowcases, Sheets, and Bedding:
- Act Quickly: The key to removing blood from silk fabric is not to let the stain set. The longer a stain sits, the harder it may be to remove.
- Soak in Cold Water: Your Mulberry Park Silks sheets can be easily laundered in your washing machine, so feel free to manually soak them in cold water in a bucket, sink, or even a clean tub for a bed sheet. This is most effective for a fresh blood stain that has not yet “set” into the fabric. Use very cold water (hot or warm water can cause the stain to set) and gentle rubbing motion to dissolve. Silk is a delicate fabric, so take care not to rub too vigorously.
- Rinse from the “wrong” side of the fabric. Hold the dull side of the charmeuse fabric under a stream of cold water. The force of the water will help move the stain out of the silk from back to front (you may need to turn your silk pillowcase inside out to do this most effectively).
- Pre-soak or pre-treat with an enzyme detergent. For a stubborn stain or a dried blood stain, you can pre-treat or pre-soak the fabric with an enzyme-based laundry detergent. (Note:, we typically suggest using an enzyme-free mild detergent to wash silk sheets on a regular basis. Removing a blood stain is one of the few exceptions where an enzyme cleaner formula is acceptable. See more below). Use a gentle, pH neutral formula and test first on an inconspicuous area.
- At minimum, blot the stain. If you are unable to rinse or soak, at minimum use a clean cloth or paper towel rinsed in cold or cool water and blot the stained area, ideally from the reverse side of the fabric. Using this damp cloth should prevent a dry blood stain from forming and make it easier to remove later on.
Blood and Silk: The Protein/Enzyme Connection
At Mulberry Park Silks, we frequently mention that silk is a protein-based fiber. Silk's natural protein structure is the source of its ability to moisturize skin and hair; regulate body temperature; and repel allergens so effectively. When regularly washing silk, we recommend using an enzyme-free detergent that is specially formulated for protein-based fibers such as silk, wool, and cashmere; this type of detergent will clean your silk sheets without degrading the fiber.
A blood stain, however, is also protein based and actually requires enzymes to effectively dissolve (similar to the way saliva enzymes aid in the digestion of food). But, as we mentioned above, enzymes can damage silk over time. With that said, an enzyme-based detergent may be used on anoccasional basis to pre-treat and pre-soak a blood stain on silk bedding or a washable silk garment.
What About a Commercial Stain Remover?
When it comes to tough stains, you may be tempted to try using commercial stain removers or even common household stain removers such as baking soda, white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to remove blood from silk. While these may be safe and effective for removing stains from cotton sheets, we strongly recommend against using such products on silk. And NEVER use chlorine bleach on silk of any kind.
To learn more about regular washing and care of your silk sheets, bedding, and pillowcases, click here.
Mulberry Park Silks: Accessible and Affordable Luxury
At Mulberry Park Silks, we design and sell the highest quality silk items in the market at fair and affordable prices. We offer a full range of silk products made from 100% pure Grade 6A mulberry silk fabric. All the silk fabric used for our sheets and pillowcases are OEKO-TEX Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals. Please connect with us by visiting our store or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and accessories, including sleep masks, eye pillows, travel pillows, and hair scrunchies.