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  • Take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of disease when handling blood or blood products.
  • Most fresh blood stains can be removed by wiping with a damp cloth or sponge with cold water.
  • For fresh blood, pat the stain with a cloth dabbed in cold water, and then blot the stain with a clean dry cloth. Repeat the process until no more blood transfers to the cloth.
  • Dried blood may be more difficult to soften and remove.
  • Before washing, gently scrape the dried blood with a fingernail file or similar object. Avoid bruising the suede. Use a soft toothbrush to break up the blood, then use the cold water and cloth method discussed above.
  • If the water alone does not work, try a dilute solution of a mild soap, such as Woolite, Joy, Dove, or Ivory, in cold water.
  • The rest of the blood should flake off fairly easily once some is removed. Follow the washing with an appropriate disinfectant.
  • Do not use warm or hot water as it may set the blood stain into the suede.

Please see our discussion of disinfectants in the section on CARE AND CLEANING GUIDE FOR FINESSEĀ® IN HEALTH CARE APPLICATIONS.

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