Is there a chemical that cleans blood from surfaces?

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Alex Holgate  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris.
 
I live in South Africa and am an occasional hunter. After skinning and butchering the buck I have hunted, I have to clean the butchery.
 
It is very difficult to remove dried blood from stainless steel and ceramic tiles.

Do you know of a substance which will actually dissolve blood?.
 
Regards.
 
Alex

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« Last Edit: 05/12/2010 21:30:02 by _system »

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Is there a chemical that cleans blood from surfaces?
« Reply #1 on: 05/12/2010 23:41:54 »
How about hydrogen peroxide, it's what they use on CSI  [:)]

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« Reply #2 on: 06/12/2010 00:14:33 »
How about hydrogen peroxide, it's what they use on CSI  [:)]

I hpe you're not suggesting his mother-in-law goes went by the name of "Buck".
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« Reply #3 on: 06/12/2010 19:32:01 »
The obvious thing to use is water. preferably before the blood dries.
After that I believe bleach works quite well. (I might try the so called "biological" washing powders too.)
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« Reply #4 on: 06/12/2010 19:52:12 »
Anyone got Hannibal's phone number, or failing that, Fred West?
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« Reply #5 on: 07/12/2010 09:32:31 »
I heard somewhere that coca cola works well - I remember being told authorities in America carry it round to get rid of blood on roads after an accident - not sure how true that is though!
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Is there a chemical that cleans blood from surfaces?
« Reply #6 on: 11/12/2010 12:46:55 »
Maybe you should stop murdering people?