Did you accidentally cut your fingers and got blood stains on your precious carpet? And now you don’t know how to get it out?
Do not worry because here is a helpful guide consisting of some proven methods that help in getting blood stains out of a carpet, whether fresh or dried.
These days though most carpets come with anti-stain treatment, body fluids like blood, beverages, makeup, and food may leave stains that can be tough to remove.
Following all the precautions and steps mentioned in this article is of utmost importance because otherwise, things may get worse.
And do not forget to have patience throughout the whole process.
So, let us see what methods we can apply to get blood out of the carpet.
Method 1- Use cold water on a fresh stain
If your blood stain is fresh, removing it will be easy.
- Dab the stain with a dry cloth to wipe out any excess blood.
- Pour cold water into a spray bottle and spray it all over the fresh bloodstain generously.
- Bring a dry wet white towel and gently dab it on the wet stain. Do not rub the affected area.
- Repeat the above steps until the wet bloodstain disappears and air dry the area or use a wet vac to do so.
Method 2- Use potato starch solution
- If the stain is fresh, wipe out any excess blood drops by dabbing (not rubbing) it with a dry cloth or a non-dyed absorbent paper also called Blotting Paper.
- Either dab the stain with a damp cloth or spray cold water on it and then, pat dry with a clean dry towel.
- Now drizzle some potato starch solution on the stain and allow it to sit and dry for at least 24 hours.
- You can now vacuum the carpet and see if the stain is removed or not.
In case, the stain still does not leave the carpet, continue with the next method.
Method 3- Use a carpet stain remover
You can try dissolving the stain in a universal stain remover that you trust.
Make sure to use a stain remover that is gentle on your carpet and will not damage it.
- You can mix the stain remover with cold water in a bowl and make a good solution.
- Now take a clean cloth and dip it in this solution.
- Use this cloth to apply the solution to the stain. Gently dab the cloth on the stain instead of rubbing it.
- Take a toothbrush to gently scrub the carpet stain with the solution.
- Take a clean wet cloth to rinse the affected area and then blot dry it. Your stain will most probably be removed.
You must read the instructions and precautions mentioned on the stain remover and follow them accordingly if the method is different.
This method is applicable to both fresh and dried stains.
Usually, these removers give the desired results because this is their prime purpose; but if this is not the case with you then, take a look at the following methods.
Method 4- Use a mixture of Ammonia and water
Another effective way to remove dried or fresh blood stains from the carpet is by using an ammonia and water mixture.
Precaution: do not use this mixture on woolen carpets.
- Make a dilute solution by mixing two tablespoons of ammonia in a glass full of water.
- Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it generously over the stain.
- Let the solution set for at least 5 minutes and then simply blot the stain off with a dry cloth.
Method 5- Apply the salt paste
Another easy home remedy to get blood out of your precious carpet is by using a salt paste over the stain.
So, if you do not have any stain remover at home, feel free to try this method.
- Take some cold water in a bowl and add enough salt to make a thin paste.
- Use a cloth to apply this paste on the stain by gently dabbing it.
- Let it set for 5 minutes or keep dabbing it until the stain comes off.
Do not rub the stain with the salt paste.
Method 6- Use hydrogen peroxide
Lastly, the most persistent method for removing a spot-free blood stain from your carpet is by using hydrogen peroxide.
- Make a moist paste of hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the stain by dabbing it with a cloth.
- Let it sit for about 2 hours.
- Blot the area with a damp cloth and repeat the process until the desired results are received.
Some important things you must know:
- While applying any solution on the blood stain whether fresh or dried, always dab the cloth or paper that you are using. Never rub the stain because then the stain sticks harder and becomes difficult to come off.
- Always use cold water even while making any solution or mixture that is to be applied to the stain. Warm water makes the blood clot faster and makes the process trickier.
- Before using any stain remover or washer, read the instructions carefully and see if it is safe to be used on your carpet or not.
- If you are unsure of the fact whether the method will damage your carpet or not, there is no harm in doing a patch test- follow the whole method on a small area of the carpet located at a non-noticeable spot.
- If you see that a particular method has lightened the stain then, feel free to redo the entire process.
There is no stain that cannot be removed; all you need is the correct method or procedure.
The above methods have been very effective in getting blood out of the carpet.
However, there are many other methods that can be used for the same.
And whatever the case, you must read the important things that you should know before starting with any method.
Do comment down below and tell us which method worked the best for you and if you have any further queries on the same.