How to Remove Blood Stains from Carpet

Summer in Waukesha is all about children enjoying the outdoors, playing sports and games and running about in the nice weather. However, sometimes all of that fun can lead to little injuries like scraped elbows and bloody knees.

If you live in a home with children or pets, it’s almost inevitable that some blood will be brought into your home and potentially drop onto your carpet. But, don’t worry too much!

Blood stains look a lot scarier than they actually are and are much less potent than wine, juice, pet urine and a lot of other liquid stains. That being said, you will still want to be prepared when a blood stain appears on your carpet since, with any stain, you want to act fast.

Here are the best tips for removing blood on your carpet as quickly and easily as possible:

Cold Water

Most spot removal methods recommend using warm water, however, if you are attempting to clean blood off of your carpet you will want to use very cold water. You will want to drench a white cloth in cold water and blot the stain gently to soak up as much of the blood as possible.

Be sure not to scrub the stain as it could potentially push the blood deeper into the carpet fibers and become permanent. Be thorough and patient and repeat the process a number of times to attempt to remove the entire blood stain with the cold water and cloth.

Salt

If the cold water isn’t removing the blood stain, you’re next resort should be to turn to salt. Fill a bowl with salt and water and stir into until a paste is created. Once you have a salt paste, dab it onto your white cloth and blot the blood stain in the carpet.

Salt should absorb the stain and pull it out of the surface of the carpet. Continue to blot with salt and water and once the stain is removed dry the area with a dry cloth and vacuum to retrieve any salt remnants.

Dish Soap

You can make your own blood cleaning solution by mixing dish soap with two cups of cold water. Once you have a bowl of dish soap and water, blot the solution onto the blood stain. The soapy mix should remove the blood stain from the carpet.

Be sure to dry the area immediately once the spot is gone and vacuum in order to remove all of the soap from the carpet since soap attracts dirt.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonia

Some sites will recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide or ammonia to remove blood from carpet. We do not recommend using either since both can do more harm than good if too much is applied or if any of the ammonia is left behind in the carpet. Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia could potentially “bleach” the carpet and create an almost “uncleanable” stain.

If the cold water, salt or dish soap methods do not work, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha before attempting to use hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or store-bought cleaning products.

Professional Cleaning Service

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides natural, green-certified carpet cleaning methods that result in drier, cleaner and healthier carpet in your home. Chem-Dry technicians are highly trained with experience in removing every type of stain from your carpet, including blood.

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