22 October 2012
Remove Blood Stains this Halloween: a Guide for Ghoulish New Yorkers
October 31st is rapidly approaching, and if you were putting off wearing your Jason costume for fear of ruining a perfectly good shirt, fear no more (fear is for camp counselors!). This DashLocker guide will help you make sure your whites are sparkling even after a night of ghoulish Upper East Side Halloween fun. This guide will teach you how to soak, scrub, and siphon blood out of your clothes-- fake blood, that is!
Fake blood can be especially difficult to remove as it's made with oil AND ink-- the two stain perpetrators that are most difficult to remove! Never the less, with a little patience and the right training you may be able to wear your slasher costume after Halloween is over.
Step 1: First, make sure the costume is completely dry before sprinkling the stain with Talc, which is especially effective on oil-based stains. This will help prep the clothes before the next steps.
Step 2: Soak the gory remains of your terrifying get up in scalding water for at least 12 hours. If the stain doesn't come out, continue on.
Step 3: Use a favorite store bought cleaner like Shout-- without falling into flashbacks of the shouting masses running from your terrifying getup. Spray the stain thoroughly before allowing the garment to soak for at least 8 hours. Use a scrub brush and apply pressure while scrubbing the stain. Wipe off the detergent with a wet rag before examining the results of your efforts.
Step 4: Soak the vestiges of your costume in white vinegar. Make sure the stain is thoroughly covered in the vinegar before allowing it to sit for 12 hours. When you're ready, rinse the garment in warm water, refreshing the tub each time the water turns pink. If this seems to be working well, try soaking the garment for another 12 hours and rinsing again.
Step 5: If the unholy terror that was your costume STILL is resisting your stain removal methods, mix up some cornstarch and milk into a thick paste. Rub the paste onto the stain with a wet cloth until the stain starts disappearing faster than your Halloween candy. Repeat as needed.
Of course, if all else fails you can always call your friendly neighborhood DashLocker-- we'd be happy to dry clean your Halloween stains away!