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Curtains/first aid query!

sewingj

Curtains/first aid query!
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:46:19 AM »
Any ideas how to get spots of blood out of a cream cotton/polyester curtain?
I didn`t realise I had pricked the side of my hand when I was cutting  it out.
Don`t tell me to wash it - it`s huge!

I`ve tried Vanish stain remover and it is working to a degree but I`m worried about getting the patches too wet and rubbing too much

BrendaP

Re: Curtains/first aid query!
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 10:50:00 AM »
The traditional remedy for getting a spot of blood out was to chew on a piece of cotton and then rub it with the saliva.  It has to be saliva from the same person as the blood came from.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Greybird

Re: Curtains/first aid query!
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 10:57:58 AM »
If it's polyester/cotton it should withstand getting a bit wet fairly well - too much might cause a watermark of course. I would repeat the Vanish treatment little and often until the stain is gone. If it does leave a watermark, this won't be as noticeable as the blood stain.

sewingj

Re: Curtains/first aid query!
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 13:21:45 PM »
Thanks Both.  I don`t think I will be chewing on the fabric - I`ve got a cold at the moment and it might be a bio-hazard!  I`ll persevere with the Vanish
(I said a very rude word when I realised what had happened)

Hummingbird

Re: Curtains/first aid query!
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 14:39:43 PM »
Try dampening a cotton bud with saliva as a neater 'tool' - it really works.

Elnnina

Re: Curtains/first aid query!
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 16:11:53 PM »
I have heard that baby wipes work very well on something like this, though I haven't tried it myself.  You can actually get baby wipes that aren't perfumed.