Getting dirt, food stains, and even paint and crayon marks out of the carpet are easy.
However, when it comes to bloodstains, your work becomes a tad difficult and icky.
The first thing to do after you’ve had a paper cut or a clumsy slip-up cutting fruit is to get the blood out of the carpet (after you’ve patched yourself up, of course!).
The longer a bloodstain remains on the carpeting, the harder it becomes to get out.
We recommend you call Dan’s Van Water Damage Solutions if you’ve got blood-stained carpets; professional help is the fastest, hassle-free way to get clean carpets.
As professional carpet and rug cleaners, we know how to get all kinds of stubborn stains out of fibers.
Still, if you need an urgent cleaning job, we’ve got some simple tips for how to get blood out of carpet.
Diluted White Vinegar
Let’s start with what you’ve got in your kitchen; white vinegar can cut down a blood stain on a carpet.
It’s not the ideal rug or carpet restoration hack since the acidity can affect the colors, but it’s a useful one, nevertheless.
To use white vinegar on the carpet, you need to mix it with water; go for a 1:2 ratio of vinegar and water.
Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz the stained part of the carpet.
Keep blotting with a clean rag as you spray to keep the stain from spreading around.
Repeat till the carpet is entirely bloodstain-free (tip: change the blotting rag in between if your first one gets too stained).
Dry the carpet using a wet vacuum or leave it to air dry while making sure the room is well-ventilated.
Liquid Dish Soap & Water
Dish soap is an easy remedy for all kinds of stains, blood stains included.
You can use wet bar soap too, but liquid dish soap is more effective for carpet and rug cleaning.
Add a spoonful of dish soap to one cup of water, and use a sponge or a cleaning cloth to soak it up.
If the bloodstain has dried a bit, wring out a little dish soap solution onto the area and leave for 5 minutes.
Gently rub the stain, with care not to spread it around.
Blot the stain repeatedly with the soapy sponge or cloth, re-dipping when necessary.
Once the bloodstain is detached from the fibers, take a clean, damp cloth and blot out the leftover soap residue.
Air dry the carpet or use a wet vacuum.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide
If you are dealing with a larger or more stubborn bloodstain, hydrogen peroxide may help—check out this video to learn more.
We suggest 3% hydrogen peroxide; the acidity is weak enough to keep the carpet color and fiber intact but strong enough for carpet cleaning.
Tip: as a precaution, do a hydrogen peroxide patch test on a concealed area on your carpet.
Wear gloves, add hydrogen peroxide to a bowl, and soak a cleaning rag.
Wring out the access and dab the stained area, re-soaking as needed.
Keep blotting till the stain disappears (make sure to check that the carpet’s color isn’t fading away).
Use a clean, damp cloth rag to blot away the leftover chemical, and then dry the area.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
Vinegar alone won’t necessarily cut it if your bloodstain has dried completely—so you need to add baking soda to it to make it more effective.
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar.
Soak directly with a rag or use a spray bottle to apply to the stain and let the solution soak in for 10-15 minutes.
Blot the carpet with a clean rag soaked in cold water to get out the stain.
Once the stain is gone, dry the carpet—and if not, professional carpet washing is the way to go.
Salt Or Cornstarch Paste
This carpet cleaning hack is another great one for dried blood stains—and unlike vinegar, it may not cause any discoloration.
Make a thick paste of salt and water (or cornstarch and water) with a gritty consistency.
Spread the paste on the dried blood stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Do not rub the paste into the fibers; just let it sit till the stain comes loose.
Blot the stain with a damp, clean rag till it vanishes, then use another clean rag to soak up any leftover salt/cornstarch residue.
You can also use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the salt or cornstarch and dry the carpet.
Reach Out To Dan’s Van Water Damage Solutions
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