Accidents happen every day, especially if you have children. And sometimes it means getting a bloodstain on your carpet. From a scraped knee to a bloody nose, sometimes this type of stain can’t be helped. Unfortunately, blood is made up of iron and proteins, and it’s one of the most difficult stains to remove.
If you get even a drop of blood on your carpet, you should clean it up right away. That’s one of the secrets of removing it. Fresh blood is easier to clean up as opposed to set in stains. Another secret is, never, ever use hot water on a blood stain. Hot water actually sets the stain instead of helping to remove it.
So how do you remove blood from carpet? There are several ways that can work successfully, so let’s take a look at the best ideas:
Saturate the blood stain with cold tap water. Let it sit for a few minutes, then use clean, absorbent rags to blot it up. Do not wipe across it with the rag! Instead, take the rag and press it down on the stain. Then, lift the rag, fold it over and use a clean side. Repeat this process until all of the blood is gone.
Some people believe that using tonic water is even better than cold tap water for removing blood from a carpet or other fabric.
You can also saturate the blood with water, then, after waiting a few minutes, use a handheld extractor to suck the water and stain up. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum to do the job too.
If this doesn’t remove all of the blood, you can try placing a little hydrogen peroxide on it. Allow it to bubble a few minutes, then blot it up with a clean, absorbent rag.
Hydrogen peroxide works like bleach in that it lightens hair, et cetera. However, since most solutions that you buy off a store shelf is only five percent strong, it probably won’t lighten or otherwise harm your carpet.
You can also try blotting the fresh blood up with a clean rag or a sponge. Then, mix up a strong solution of one cup of cold tap water with one tablespoon of household ammonia. Beware! The ammonia fumes are strong and should not be inhaled! Spray the blood stain with the solution until it is saturated. Let the ammonia set for a few minutes, then use a second clean rag to blot up the liquid along with the stain.
Spray or pour some prewash laundry cleaner on the bloodstain. Rub it into the stain well by using your finger. Let it sit for a few minutes, then use an old sponge to lightly scrub the blood. (Never use a brush as it can break up the carpet fibers!) Then, saturate the area with cold tap water. Use a clean, absorbent rag to blot the prewash cleaner, water, and bloodstain up.
There are also many types of carpet cleaner on the market today that you can try. Usually, though, they are designed only to clean up light to moderate dirt and grime from your carpet. They are not generally designed to clean up tough stains such as blood.
Before you spend your money on a carpet cleaner, be sure that you read the label to find out what it does and does not do.