How to Get Blood Out Of Carpet?
When you get your carpet stained with blood from some freak accident its unsightly, a chore to remove and what’s more – someone you love is already hurting and as it is you feel bad. We can’t help with your loved one, but the stain, that’s another matter.Taking blood out of your lovely carpets is not only a nightmare if you don’t use the right tools but also very important to your hygiene. Blood stains can quickly cause all sorts of health problems for you and your family. It’s unsightly and something no one wants around.The best results in stain removal can most often be achieved by using day to day household items. Spending crazy amounts of money on commercial stain removal products is usually not necessary. Be sure to act quickly using the given methods and you can successfully remove stains from your lovely carpet… (That which costed you dearly btw!!).Blood becomes very hard to remove once it has gone dry. Promptly start to remove those nasty stains for good. You must assess how strong the stain is before you use harsher products as they may damage or discolor your carpets for LIFE.Be patient and try the gentle methods initially.Blot with a neat towel:Blot with a clean, cloth or towel. Press down, be sure to be gentle initially and lift to pick up as much wet blood as possible from the stained surface. When working with a big stain, start on the edges and work your way towards the center, which should prevent the blood from spreading and getting all over the place.Rubbing the stain is a strict no-no as this smears the blood onto nearby surface of the carpet.
Spray the affected area with cold water:Spray the affected area with cold water and let it sit for a few minutes. If you don’t have a spray bottle just pour little water, just enough to get the spot wet until it is just damp, make sure you don’t overdo it.Warm or hot water is a strict no-no as it can set the blood stain permanently into the carpet.Too much water can spread the stain or damage delicate carpets. Keep wetting and blot the area thoroughly. Use a dry towel to absorb the wetness, again blotting in an up and down motion. Continue to wet, then blot dry. Repeat until satisfied. Try removing wetness using a carpet extractor.Change to a fresh area on the towel/cloth whenever the old one gets smudgy. Using white towels is a better option as you can easily observe this.
Treat with salt paste.
If the stain is still not removed, try some salt paste instead of plain water. Mix salt in a small bowl of cold water, until you make a thin paste out of it. Pour some over the stain and let it stay for a few minutes. Blot the area again with a clean cloth or towel. If you see residue on the towel but the stain is still there, repeat the process.But beware, salt can damage carpet fibers over time. Vacuum promptly once the area is dry. Don’t forget this step.Apply dilute liquid detergent:Apply dilute liquid detergent. Stir 1–2 teaspoons (5–20 mL) liquid dish soap into 1 cup (250 mL) cold water. Soak a clean, white cloth with it and apply it over the stained area. Rinse lightly, then blot dry.
Do not use detergent that has some bleach or lanolin. Do not use dish soap in conjunction with bleach, as the ammonia present in the dish soap can react with the chlorine in the bleach and give rise to hazardous fumes.Be sure to turn on a fan to speed up drying. If the carpet takes too long to dry, the stain will be more difficult to remove. Make sure you promptly dry the area soon.If you don’t have a fan, stack a few paper towels over the wet area. Weigh down with a heavy object and let dry. Vacuum or brush the dry carpet as this will restore the original shape of the carpet fibers. If the stain is still visible, try using the methods below for dry stain removal.Removing Dry Blood from the carpet:Test each treatment on a separate area first which is least visible to people (like corners near walls). The treatments below are strong enough to damage or discolor your carpet. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes to be sure of the treatments effect on your carpet.Silk and woolen carpets are very, very easy to damage, and in such cases hire a professional instead.
Scrape with a dull butter knife:
Rub a butter knife across the carpet surface to remove the dried blood.
Note: Definitely not recommended for valuable carpets.
After this step, do apply some meat tenderizer to the affected area. This chemical breaks down proteins in the blood stain, making it very easy to remove. Mix equal amount of cold water, then dab onto the stain. Let it stay on for 20–30 minutes, then blot again, but thoroughly. Wash off with few liquid detergent drops mixed with cold water.Note: Avoid a meat tenderizer with added flavours, which can create new stains and make the situation worse. This may break down fibers in wool or silk carpets, since these also contain animal protein.
Wet the area with hydrogen peroxide:Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that dulls the color of your carpet fibers, hiding the stain. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide and dry in a ventilated room.This is a risky method for carpets with dark or bright colors, but is better to use compared to bleach.Most pharmacies sell 3% hydrogen peroxide, making it a go to item. If your bottle is more concentrated, dilute it to make it to a 3% strength.
Soak in shampoo, followed by ammonia:Ammonia is highly effective against dry blood, but may discolor the carpet and damage wool or silk. It is most effective following ordinary detergent.Mix 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of some light strength shampoo in 1 cup (240 mL) water. Spray onto the blood stained area of the carpet and let it sit for five minutes.Mix 1 tablespoon (15 mL) household ammonia in 1 cup (240 mL) room temperature water. Make sure not to inhale the ammonia fumes.Blot shampoo dry, then spray on ammonia. Let sit five minutes, then blot dry again.Spray on water and blot dry, to rinse.
Use an enzyme cleaner. These products may not work as well at cold or very hot temperatures. Do not apply to wool or silk carpets, since the cleaner may break them down along with the blood.Once the stain is removed, set up a fan blowing over the wet area. This will speed up drying, which reduces the chance of unnoticeable blood in the back of the carpet rising to the surface.Finish of by Vacuuming or brushing the carpet gently.