It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt and if you are having children in the house, you probably experience this yourself every day. It’s not too rare to have the youngsters play around the house and suddenly one of them comes to you crying with a bleeding nose. Furthermore, finger cuts and other small accidents happen occasionally, all of which can leave nasty blood stains on your carpet, something you certainly don’t want to keep.
The bad news is that blood stains are really stubborn and are not so easy to clean. The good news is that there are still ways to take care of this problem. In this post, you will learn how to get blood out of carpet, which you can try right away!
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Important: Before you proceed in cleaning, regardless of the chosen method or solution, you should always check if it is suitable for your carpet or upholstery. For example, some natural made fabrics, such as ones from grass and wool, can be damaged if treated with liquid solutions. If you are not sure what your carpet is made from we advise you to contact a professional cleaner.
How to do that? Take some of the cleaning solution and apply a small amount of it in out of the way part of your carpet (under the sofa for example). If you see any color change or another sign of damage, immediately rinse the area with a sponge soaked in cold water and contact a professional cleaner.
When it comes to blood:
- Blood stains should be cleaned as soon as possible, as blood is way easier to deal with while it hasn’t dried on the carpet (don’t worry we’ll cover this too).
- When you are dealing with blood you should always wear plastic or rubber gloves to prevent any possible infections.
- Use only cold water. Warm water can set the stain and make the things worse.
- Use white cloth when cleaning carpet stains, its way easier to see if the blood is lifting from the carpet to the cloth and there is no danger from transferring some dye from it to the fabric.
1. Fresh blood stains with baking soda
As you already know, blood stains should be treated immediately if possible and if this is the case this method should do the trick. It also works on dried blood but for some more stubborn stains, you might want to keep reading.
What you need: baking soda / a bowl of cold water / some paper towels / a white clean cloth
- Take the paper towels and place them on top of the blood stain. Dab gently on them to soak up any excess blood. Don’t rub the spot because this might spread the blood on a larger area, just simply dab several times until you soak lift most of the liquid.
- Next sprinkle some baking soda on the stain, so it covers all the blood.
- Pour some water on top of the baking soda. Be careful here, you don’t want to pour too much, all you need is to wet the baking soda. You can take a spoon for more precise and control the spread of the water.
- You will see how the baking soda starts fizzling, this will lift the blood out of the fibers.
- Get the piece of cloth (a towel might be better) and blot the area until it’s completely dry. Again, don’t rub it, be gentle and take your time.
- Let it dry and vacuum to refresh the fibers
2.Fresh blood stains with dish soap
Again this is for the best case scenario, the stain is brand new and the blood hasn’t dried yet. This isn’t so effective on old blood stains but you can also give it a try.
What you need: some regular dish soap / 2 cups of cold water / an empty bowl / a clean white cloth
- Take the bowl and mix inside 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 2 cups of cold water.
- Take the clean cloth and dip it in the solution.
- Start blotting the blood stain with the moist cloth. You will notice how the blood is lifted by the soap and transferred to the cloth. Again, don’t scrub the stain, as it might get worse.
- Moist a clean part of the cloth and keep blotting until the whole stain is gone.
- Let it dry and vacuum to refresh the fibers.
3.Stubborn blood stains with ammonia
If the blood stain has already dried and the two methods above didn’t do the trick it’s time to try something stronger. Ammonia is a very strong chemical that can be used when it comes to cleaning variety of surfaces around the house and also to some types of jewelry, but you should keep in mind that it can damage some fabrics, so we remind you to check if it is suitable for your carpet first, as explained above.
What you need: ammonia / 2 cups of cold water / an empty bowl / a clean white cloth/ a bowl of cold water/ a sponge
- You might want to open your window, as ammonia is really strong and even though we need only a little for this cleaning solution it still has a pretty strong smell.
- Take the empty bowl and mix a solution of 1 tablespoon ammonia and 2 cups of cold water.
- Take the clean cloth and dip it in the solution (reminder: wear gloves here).
- Blot the stain with the moist cloth until all the blood is lifted and transferred to the cloth, similar to the dish soap method.
- Once the stain is gone, take the sponge and dip it in the clean water.
- Rinse the spot thoroughly and gently to remove any residue of the ammonia solution.
- Let it dry and vacuum to refresh the fibers.
4.Very stubborn and dried blood steins with Hydrogen peroxide
This is a very effective method but keep in mind it can damage or discolour some types of fabrics, so a test on an invisible area of your carpet is a must before you proceed any further. Hydrogen peroxide is really effective against blood stains because when it comes to contact with it a series of reactions are triggered which results in depigmentation and disinfestation. So, it might be what you are looking for if other methods didn’t deal with the stain.
What you need: some hydrogen peroxide / a clean white cloth / a bowl of cold water / a sponge
- Pour some hydrogen peroxide on the blood stain and leave it for 5 minutes.
- During this time it will start fizzling as the chemical starts breaking up the blood. As a result, the stain will discolour and should become orange or even white.
- Once the fizzling stops take the white cloth and start dabbing gently to absorb the solution and the stain.
- Keep blotting with the clean parts of the cloth until the whole stain is gone.
- Take the sponge and dip it in the clean water, after which rinse any remaining residue of the solution.
- Let it dry and vacuum it to refresh the fibers.
There you have it how to get blood out of carpet, 4 proven methods that will deal with those stubborn stains.
Still, if the blood remains or you have other stains that you need to be taken care of we at Wimbledon Cleaning Services are always here for you. Don’t hesitate and give us a call at any time!