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Date: 3/8/12 2:29 PM

I have a small spot of blood on my "dry-clean only" silk dupioni. I experimented on some extra fabric and found that water leaves a stain. I also tried saliva (enzymes break down the protein), but it too left a stain. Any ideas how to remove this? Of course, the blood is on the front collar Thanks for your help.
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Date: 3/8/12 3:36 PM

Hydrogen peroxide

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Date: 3/8/12 3:45 PM

Quote: peaudane
Hydrogen peroxide

second that.

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Date: 3/8/12 3:58 PM

I was going to suggest hydrogen peroxide as well. However, it is best for white--it can bleach colors. Test in an inconspicuous spot inside the hem first.

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Date: 3/9/12 9:55 AM

nevermind, you've already tried it.

edited because I wasn't paying attention.
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Date: 3/9/12 10:11 AM

My secret magic formula is 1 part original Dawn detergent, and 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Make sure the latter is fresh. It works on anything I have ever tried instantaneously, even blood that has set through wash and dry.

Not sure if this would leave a stain on your fabric, but thought I would pass it along.

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Date: 3/9/12 11:15 AM

If you plan to dry clean the garment in the future, take it to a cleaner and tell them what the stain is and let them deal with it. If you plan to wash the garment by hand in spite of the label, then use one of the above suggestions and wet the entire blouse. Anything wet will leave a stain if it's only used on one area. I find that a lot of silk is washable on gentle.

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Date: 3/9/12 12:03 PM

I've had a lot of success with a product called "Nature's Miracle". I buy it at the pet store. It's all natural and I always keep a bottle in my cleaning supply cupboard. It just works on so many different types of stains. Grace

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Date: 3/14/12 1:00 PM

Thanks to all the great ideas. I tried the peroxide. It didn't bleach the silk, but it did leave a water stain. Didn't try the Dawn dishwashing liquid because of the water content. Next step is to visit the dry cleaners to see if they have a special product that would work.

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Date: 3/14/12 7:08 PM

Maybe the HP should be reserved for washables. I had a horrible experience at a blood drive once, and ended up with blood all over my dress. When I came to, they basically drenched me in hydrogen peroxide, and the dress was good as new. Has put me off blood donations, unfortunately, although I have donated since....

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