Removing blood stains out of a carpet can sometimes become challenging. The reason for this is blood being a protein-derived substance. Therefore, ordinary cleaning materials are not effective in getting rid of blood stains. Improper cleaning interventions may cause stains to become more difficult to remove. Thus, care must be taken to use the right methods for cleaning blood stains out of a carpet.
So, how can you get blood out of a carpet? To remove blood stains from the carpet, you must use a cold water and detergent mixture and blot on the stain with a clean towel or cloth without rubbing. If the cold water and detergent mixture is not effective, you can use hydrogen peroxide or ammonia solution. Yet another effective method is to use protein degrading solutions. Substances such as toothpaste, vinegar, carbonate and salt are also used in combating difficult blood stains.
In following paragraphs, I am going to explain how to remove blood stains from a carpet. Then, you will learn some alternative methods to get rid of stubborn blood stains. After that, I am going to give information about removing blood stains from other surfaces like clothes and sheets. Lastly, I will mention some important points to take into account when fighting with blood stains.
How to Remove Blood Stains from a Carpet
You should gently wipe your blood-stained carpet with a clean cloth or sponge that you soak in cold water. If you can apply this procedure as soon as the staining occurs, you will have a high chance of cleaning the stain completely. What you need to pay attention to here is definitely not to use hot water. Because if you use hot water, the stain may spread and settle deep into the carpet.
The standard procedure for removing a blood stain from a carpet consists of the following steps:
First of all, absorb as much of the blood as possible with a clean, white cloth or paper towel that you have soaked with cold water (just by pressing, without rubbing).
Try not to rub the area of blood stain throughout the entire procedure. You can cause the blood to settle into the carpet fibers. Also, avoid the spread of blood stain by start wiping from edges of the stained area through the center of the stain.
Repeat the procedure until the white cloth or paper towel can not absorb any more blood from the carpet.
Then prepare a mixture using a teaspoon of bleach-free and/or alkaline-free detergent and a glass of cold water.
Apply the mixture you prepared directly on the stain on the carpet with the help of a clean cloth, paper towel or sponge. During this procedure, be careful not to spread the stain or to rub it hard, otherwise, you may damage the carpet. The damaged fiber will keep the stain.
Rinse the carpet with the least possible water in the final stage and remove the remaining moisture from the carpet with a dry, clean cotton cloth or paper towel. If you have a fan, you can speed up the drying process by holding the fan over the wetted area (use chill air).
If you can not get rid of the blood stain after the above procedures, you will need further cleaning with another mixture.
Mix one tablespoon of ammonia-based cleaner with half a glass of cold water.
Once you have soaked the mixture with a cloth or paper towel as in the above procedure, press the towel onto the stained area and suck the blood stains through the carpet fibers.
Rinse the part where you clean with a little cold water.
Remove the remaining moisture from the carpet with a dry, clean cloth.
Alternative Blood Stain Removal Methods
If the blood stain is old and dried, you may not be able to remove it with the above applications. Therefore, you will need some alternative methods. You can use the following practical methods to get rid of old blood stains:
The most utilized substance to get rid of stubborn blood stains is toothpaste, beyond any doubt. First, apply the toothpaste to the stained area. After rubbing it all over, let it dry. Rub once more after the toothpaste is dried. Then, wash the area with soapy cold water and rinse.
One of the best ways to remove blood stains is using protein degrading solutions. Protein degrading agents are commonly used to soften meat in the food industry. These substances are very effective in removing blood stains since they break the protein down into smaller particles. You can obtain these solutions from large markets or online sales platforms. They are commonly used in large restaurants.
You can use hydrogen peroxide on white or light colored carpets. Wash the area with cold water after wiping the stain with hydrogen peroxide solution and rinse. Do not use hydrogen peroxide for colored carpets. It has a whitening effect.
For dried blood stains, smash a few aspirin pills and mix it with water. Apply the mixture to the stain and wait half an hour. After that, you can rinse the affected area.
You can also mix salt and water to make a paste. Apply this mixture onto the blood stain on the carpet. Scrub the area where the stain is located with a sponge and then rinse. You can use baking soda instead of salt.
For colored carpets, put some starch (powder) on the stain and wait 15 minutes. Then clean the area with the help of a brush.
For more challenging stains, you can use ammonia. For this, mix a tablespoon of ammonia with half a glass of cold water and apply on the stain. After cleaning the stain, rinse it with plenty of cold water. But be careful! If your carpet is linen, silk or wool, you should avoid using ammonia.
You can also use rock salt to remove blood stains. First, mix 1 teaspoon of cold water and 2 teaspoons of table salt. Get a spray bottle and place this mixture in it. Then, sprinkle a large amount of rock salt on the blood stain and allow it to absorb the blood out of the carpet. If you are sure that it is fully absorbed, apply the table salt-water mixture with the help of the spray bottle. After that, wipe the wet spot with a dry cloth. Before applying this procedure, you can remove the excess blood with a clean towel. That will allow the rock salt to absorb the remaining blood more effectively.
Another method of removing a dried blood stain is to use your saliva. Because the enzymes in the saliva can break down proteins in the blood. To do this, you should rub some spit on the stain and wipe it all over. Then wash the area with cold water. Of course, you can apply this method only for small blood stains.
Removing Blood Stains out of Clothes and Other Surfaces
Blood stains often get into clothes. Primarily experimenting on a small, invisible spot before removing the bloodstain from your cloth will make sure that the color or fabric of the cloth will not be damaged during the application.
If the blood in the fabric is dense, first absorb the blood with the help of a clean, dry cloth or paper towel wetted with a little water.
Repeat the above procedure by changing the cloth or paper towel depending on the density of the blood.
Then immerse the cloth in the cold water and soak it for about 10 minutes.
After that, pull the cloth out of the water to check if the blood stain is removed or not.
If it is not removed, rub the cloth in cold water gently and carefully by scrubbing the two sides of it to each other. To improve the efficiency of this process, you can repeat the process by adding some alkaline free detergent to the water.
In order to see if the stain is removed, you can let it dry naturally. However, if you put the fabric in the dryer and the stain was not removed completely, due to the heat it will settle deeper and will be impossible to remove.
When blood stain is removed, wash the cloth with cold water in the washing machine following the recommendations on the care label.
If the clothes contaminated with blood are white, you can apply oxygenated water (hydrogen peroxide) to the stain while wetting. This will make it easier to remove the stain. If the fabric is colored, mix some starch with water to obtain a paste. Spread the prepared mixture onto the blood stain and let it dry. After drying, remove it completely by brushing. By this way, the paste will absorb the blood and help to remove it from the cloth.
Aside from carpets and clothes, here are some other surfaces and how to remove blood stains out of them:
Blood stains on wood or parquet can often be removed with water or with suitable surface cleaning products.
Blood stains on the satin sheets should be carefully cleaned as the satin is a delicate fabric. Therefore, especially if the blood is fresh yet, the best cleaning method is to apply a mixture of salt and water.
When cleaning the blood stains on beds, the applied method should not contain too much water. For this reason, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 1 tablespoon salt and ¼ tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide should be mixed to obtain a paste, and the mixture should be applied onto the stain.
Since the silk fabric is very sensitive, you can clean the blood with saliva, salt or dishwashing liquid. You may damage the fabric if you try to clean it with ammonia or chemicals.
Important Things to Know When Fighting with Blood Stains
The faster you interfere with the bloodstain, the greater your chances of cleaning it completely.
Never use warm or hot water. Otherwise, it will cause the stain to spread deeper and make it impossible to be removed.
If you are cleaning the spot with ammonia, be careful not to breathe the ammonia!
Be careful if the blood you clean is someone else’s blood but not yours. There are many diseases that can be transmitted by blood. In such cases, do not interfere with the bare hands and rinse your hands with hot soapy water after the operation.
You can also apply white vinegar to a newly formed blood stain. After application, you wait 5-10 minutes and wipe the area with a cloth or towel. If the stain is not fully removed, you can repeat the procedure.
This may sound awkward, but applying cola (coke) can also be effective in removing blood stains out of a carpet.
Do not use laundry or dishwasher detergents. They may cause harm to the carpet fibers.
For cleaning wool carpets, do not use ammonia or bleach (fiber damage again).
You can utilize the bottom of a spoon to apply cleaning solutions to the carpet without any fiber damage.
If the carpet contains more than one fiber type or if special dyes are used on the carpet, blood stain requires very careful intervention.
If your carpet is an antique, silk, or partly silk, directly get professional help.
Can Vinegar Remove Blood Stains?
Yes, it can. You can use vinegar to get rid of almost any stain. But the smell would be a problem. If you want to use vinegar to remove blood stains out of a carpet, you should prepare a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. While vinegar removes stains, baking soda can neutralize odors. You can also use this mixture for stains that can’t be noticed easily (wine stain) as well as that smells bad (pet stain).
To prepare the mixture, just put some vinegar, baking soda, and warm water together into a spray bottle. Apply it to the stained area, wait 5-10 minutes and then blot the area with a clean cloth or white towel.
How Do You Get Old Blood Stains out of Carpet?
Blood stains get harder to remove as time passes by. Therefore,
getting rid of old blood stains is quite a challenging situation. However, there are a few tips that can help you get the stains out of your carpet.
First, brush the dried stain with the help of a toothbrush. Then, apply cold water to the stained area. After that, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup of warm water. Sponge the area with the mixture for 5 minutes and blot to absorb all of the liquid. Thereafter, rinse the stained area with cold water and blot to dry.