How to Get Blood Out of Carpet (Complete Guide)

How to Get Blood Out of Carpet

In our 120 years cleaning rugs and carpet, blood is the one substance that gives our technicians some of the most trouble. The important thing to remember is that the sooner you remove the blood, the better the results. Figuring out how to get blood out of carpet is more about when, not how.

Blood stains that have time to set in are almost impossible to remove. But with a little hard work and some elbow grease, you have a good chance to minimizing the potential blood stain.

Here is Fuzzy Wuzzy’s complete step-by-step guide to removing blood stains from carpet:

How to Remove Blood From Carpet Using Cold Water

If the blood stain is fresh, you’ll want to flush the area using cold water. Getting blood out of carpet is primarily done using cold water.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest mistakes that we see with blood stains is the customer attempting to remove the stain using warm water. When it comes to blood — a protein stain — hot water causes it to set in. This is counterintuitive, as you treat most stains at the same temperature it was created it.

So while hot water causes the stain to set in, cold water stops it in its tracks.

Use the following steps:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with cold water.
  2. Spray the cold water generously onto the stained area.
  3. Wipe the treated area dry using a towel or wet vacuum.
  4. To help the area dry faster, point a small fan directly at the blood stain for several minutes to remove excess moisture.
  5. Once dry, vacuum the area to remove excess dirt or blood stain residue.
  6. Repeat these steps until the stain is completely removed.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Carpeting Using Water & Detergent

If the blood stain you’re attempting to remove is dry to the touch, your best bet may be to use a simple mix of water and dishwashing detergent. How to get dried blood out of carpet is tough, but can be done.

Use the following steps:

  1. Combine liquid dishwashing detergent with cold water.
  2. Soak a clean, white piece of cloth in the water-detergent mixture.
  3. Use the soaked piece of cloth to apply the solution to the blood stained area.
  4. Gently scrub the stained area with an old toothbrush.
  5. Use a wet cloth to rinse and blot the area.
  6. Repeat these steps until the blood stain is completely removed.

How to Clean Blood from Carpet Using Water & Ammonia

If the previous methods aren’t effective in removing your blood stains from carpet, you may have luck using a water and ammonia solution to remove the blood.

Caution: never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia together. The resulting fumes are hazardous to you and your family.

Note: do not attempt this method on a wool carpet. Ammonia and other high alkaline solutions will cause permanent damage to wool carpet and rugs.

Use the following steps:

  1. Mix two tablespoons of ammonia with one glass of warm water.
  2. Use a spray bottle to apply the ammonia solution to the blood stained carpet.
  3. Let the ammonia solution sit on the blood stain for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Without rubbing, blot the blood stain until it is completely gone.
  5. Repeat these steps until the blood stain is completely removed.

How to Clean Blood Out of Carpet Using Baking Soda

Baking soda can act as a separator of the proteins in the blood stain. It also acts as a disinfectant, which is great when dealing with something like blood.

Use the following steps:

  1. Combine water and baking soda until it forms a paste.
  2. Cover the blood stained area with the baking soda paste.
  3. Leave the solution on the area for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight.
  4. Take a cotton rag and blot the stain. Continue until the stain lifts out. Do not rub or scrub the stain, as it will only press further into the carpet.
  5. Apply a tiny amount of water to the stain and blot it again. This removes the remaining baking soda.
  6. Leave to dry and vacuum remaining debris.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Carpet Using Salt Paste

So the previous blood stain removal methods haven’t worked. Try this trick using salt paste on a fresh blood stain. For best results, try this method within 10 to 15 minutes of blood hitting the carpet.

A salt water paste rinse is usually most effective on delicate linens. Salt paste has limited effectiveness on larger, immobile fabrics like carpeting, rugs and mattresses.

Use the following steps:

  1. Pour cold water in a bowl.
  2. Add in salt until the mixture becomes a thin paste.
  3. Apply the salt paste on the blood stain.
  4. Let the salt paste sit on the stain for at least 5 minutes, preferably longer.
  5. Without rubbing, blot the blood stained area until it’s gone.
  6. Repeat these steps until the blood stain is completely removed.

How to Get Blood Stains Out of Carpets Using Hydrogen Peroxide

Our final trick to remove blood from carpet involves using hydrogen peroxide.

Note: using hydrogen peroxide (a common household bleaching agent) could slightly bleach your carpet. Our experts recommend that you test a small, out-of-sight area of carpet with hydrogen peroxide prior to attempting a blood stain removal. If the area of carpet becomes discolored, clean it with one part vinegar and one part water.

Use the following steps:

  1. Use an eyedropper to directly apply hydrogen peroxide to the blood stain. You will notice it start to fizz and bubble. This is normal.
  2. Place one or two paper towels on the blood stain.
  3. Place something heavy like a large book on top of the paper towels.
  4. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the book and paper towels and blot until the stain is gone.
  6. Repeat these steps until the blood stain is completely removed.

Note: Do a stain removal test on a portion of carpet that is normally not visible. These are suggested remedies only and Fuzzy Wuzzy can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this guide.

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