Blood stains are common around the house if you have kids and pets. You might even get an occasional cut yourself from time-to-time. Blood can be difficult to remove yet it can be done whether on carpet, clothing, mattresses, or furniture. Read on for how to remove blood stains from carpet. This also includes how to remove blood from area rugs. Most throw rugs can be put into the washer with cold water to clean.
Removing Blood Stains from Carpet
Always use rubber gloves when cleaning blood from carpet. There can be microbes or even the Hepatitis viruses in someone’s blood and it might not be known.
Never use bleach, acetone, or nail polish remover to get blood out of carpet.
You will have most of the products in your home for carpet whether it is for new or old blood removal—dish detergent, clear vinegar, 3% hydrogen peroxide, salt, and ammonia.
If fresh blood, blot with a clean cotton cloth, not paper towels that shred into the carpet fibers. It’s always best to use a white cloth since a colored cloth can transfer its color to your carpet. Next, wet the cloth with cold water—do not use hot water since that will set the stain just as a clothes dryer does.
Do not rub too hard or stand on the cloth that will send the blood deeper into the carpet fibers.
Continue blotting until the stain is gone. If need be, apply a small about of liquid dish detergent, more cold water, and more blotting. Dry with a hair dryer set on cool or fan.
Some stains might require a specific cleaning agent such as 3% peroxide, salt, clear distilled vinegar, or ammonia.
Hydrogen peroxide can bleach darker carpet to a lighter color so use cautiously. Use one tablespoon and let it fizz and sit about 5 minutes then blot. Salt and water paste using an old toothbrush might be a better alternative for removing blood from carpets and area rugs.
How to get baking soda out of carpet is to simply vacuum it up.
How to Clean Carpet With Vinegar
Apply baking soda by mixing the baking soda with water in a container to make a paste and apply it to the blood stain. You can also add clear distilled vinegar to this mixture. Let it sink in for half an hour. This is safe for dark carpeting and area rugs. Use a clean white cotton cloth or rag to absorb. Repeat if necessary, then vacuum up after the carpet is dry.
How to Clean Carpet With Salt
Make a slushy paste of salt and cold water in a bowl, applying it to the stain. Put it on thick and be sure all the stain is covered. Let it sit overnight. Use a clean white cotton cloth or rag to absorb and blot not rubbing the mixture into the carpet fibers. Repeat if necessary, then vacuum up once the carpet is dry.
How to Clean Carpet With Ammonia
- Mix two tablespoons of ammonia with 8-ounces of cold water.
- Use a spray bottle to apply the ammonia solution to the blood stained carpet.
- Let the ammonia solution sit on the carpet blood stain for at least 5-minutes.
- Without rubbing, blot the blood stain until it is completely gone.
- Repeat these steps until the blood stain is completely removed.
You can also use a professional carpet clean such as Bissell® 78H63 Deep Clean Pro 4X Deep Cleaning Concentrated Carpet Shampoo, 48 ounces. Spot clean as the directions say.
Its powerful formula is for tough, ground-in dirt and stains removing tough odors and is safe on area rugs, carpet, and upholstery. It’s great for heavily soiled areas, stubborn stains and underlying odors. This shampoo is safe to use for upright carpet cleaners. The Bissell® is the best pet carpet cleaner available in my eyes.
The formula contains no heavy metals, phosphates, or dyes being a biodegradable detergent. It’s safe to use around kids and pets when used as directed for removing blood from carpets.
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