How to Get Blood Out of Carpet and Upholstery
Life gets messy sometimes, especially of you have children or pets. A bloody nose can leave a tough carpet stain. Treat the bloodstain as quickly as possible, follow these steps, and you should be able to get the stain out.
Here are a few tips to get blood out of carpet and upholstery.
- The faster you treat the stain, the better
- Never use hot or warm water! It will set the blood stain in.
- Only use a white cloth for cleaning. It is easier to see if you are lifting the blood stain out and a colored cloth can transfer dye to the carpet or upholstery
- Remember: every fabric is different. Do a spot removal test on a hidden section of carpet or upholstery to make sure the water or cleaning solution will not fade or damage your carpet or fabric.
- If the blood stain you’re trying to remove is dry, first brush it with a stiff brush to remove the surface deposit. Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing(regular dish soap, not automatic dishwasher) detergent with two cups of cold water.
- Take a clean, white cloth and dip it in the detergent solution you just mixed.
- Blot directly on the blood stain, repeatedly. Blot, don’t scrub.
- If the dish soap didn’t work, try ammonia.
- Mix one-half cup of lukewarm water with one tablespoon of ammonia.
- Using a cloth or sponge, apply the ammonia solution directly onto the blood stain .
- Blot the stain until the liquid is fully absorbed.
- Apply a sponge dipped in cold water directly to the stain, and blot dry.
- Dampen a cloth with cold water and gently blot the blood stain. Don’t scrub,. Scrubbing will push the blood further into the upholstery.
- Soak a white cloth with club soda, and gently blot the stain.
- Repeat step 2 as the stain lightens. You can stop blotting with the cloth when it stops pulling blood from the affected surface.
- Is the stain still there? Mix 80% water, 10% glycerin, and 10% laundry detergent until well blended then pour the mixture into a spray bottle
- Spray a couple times directly onto the blood stain, but do not over soak. Blot with a white sponge or cloth
- Blot with cold water and pat dry with a towel.
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