Dealing with blood stains on your carpet can really be a pain in the ass. It is as if, you are adding insult to injury because instead of just worrying about your wound, you also have to bother yourself with removing that tough stain. In this case, it is non-negotiable to leave a bit of the stain because who in this world would like to have a blood stain front and center in their living room?
Now before you make your mind wander as to where you go that blood stain. Of course, we are talking about blood stains that might have been caused by scrapes and gash from your children, blood from your pets, and little accidents and cuts here and there. But needless to say, blood stains are definitely one of the toughest stains to remove in a carpet. No amount of good carpet cleaner nor carpet cleaning machines can remove it if you do not know what you are doing.
This stain has a lot to do with hemoglobin. So this hemoglobin is actually a protein that binds that rusty stain to your carpet. What is so interesting is the fact that since there is coagulants present, the longer that you leave the stain on the carpet, the more it will be harder to remove it. Well, you might agree with us that no matter how fascinating it is, this is truly irritating. This is why we are going to talk about the methods and techniques that can effectively remove the blood stain from your carpet.
The Four Easy Methods
We are going to take a look at the four easy methods on how to remove blood stains on your carpet. You will notice that you really do not need expensive cleaning chemicals and even over the top cleaning machines. What you need is just to master the technique and you know what method to employ based on the current blood stain that you have. With that said, take your pick out of the four methods!
Method 1: Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is not only the most effective removing agent for a blood stain, but it is also a well known all around cleaning agent. But let us just narrow down on what it does against the blood stain. What happens is that once the hydrogen peroxide mixes with the hemoglobin, it can break up the pigmentation of the blood stain. There you have it! It is not only a disinfectant but it can also remove blood stains
What You Need:
- 1Take your hydrogen peroxide and pour it over the stain on your carpet. You will notice that it will fizz and bubble, but do not worry because that is normal. This is just the chemical reaction between the hemoglobin and hydrogen peroxide.
- 2Once the bubbling has settled, take your paper towel and blot that area so that the moisture will be absorbed. Notice that the stain will be lightened. Just keep on repeating on pouring the hydrogen peroxide and blotting it afterward until the area is completely lightened.
Method 2: Salt
Salt can also be another cleaning agent in order to lift blood stain from a carpet. It works the same way as that of hydrogen peroxide in which it breaks down the proteins in the blood stain. However, it is not used in its purest form, instead, you will make a saline solution.
What You Need:
- 1In order to make a paste, mix salt and water. As for its consistency, it should look like a slurry that is thick.
- 2Pour the salt paste over the blood stain on the carpet, covering it completely.
- 3Pour the solution on the stain. Make sure that it is covered completely. Then, let it sit for at least an hour or two. It is better to leave it on overnight. You will see that the blood stain is soaking over the saline solution after a while.
- 4Use the cotton rag to blot the stain. Just blot the solution and make sure that you do not wipe or rub. Do this until the entire stain lifts out of the carpet.
- 5All that is left to do is to remove the residue of the saline solution. Make sure to dry the area and vacuum it afterward to remove any dry salt.
Method 3: Baking Soda
When using baking soda, it acts as a separator of proteins in the stain. But at the same time, it can also disinfect. More than that it can also help get rid of any odors.
Read our guide about how To Use Baking Soda to Clean Carpet
What You Need:
- 1Add some water on the baking soda and mix it well until you form a paste. Cover the blood stain with the paste. Leave it on overnight or if not possible for at least an hour or two.
- 2Once done with leaving it on, get your cotton rag and blot it. Continue blotting it until the stain completely lifts out. Make sure that you are just blotting and not pressing or rubbing because you might end up pushing the stain further into the carpet.
- 3You can then pour a little bit of water on the area and blot it again. This will take most of the baking soda out of the area. You can then let it dry and vacuum all that is left.
Method 4: Liquid Dish Soap
This is the method that takes a lot of elbow grease. But that does not necessarily mean that you should just scrap it off. In fact, this method might be the one that can also deep clean your carpet. But again, if you do not have time to spare, this is not the best method for you.
What You Need:
- 1Soak the entire blood stain with the liquid dish soap. If you have a stain that is not fresh, you can let the dish soap soak in for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Take your water that is inside a spray bottle and spritz a little on that area. Then, take your brush and wipe gently on top of that area. You will see that it will slowly lift the stain.
- 2Take your cotton rag and blot that area. Keep on repeating the first step until the stain completely lifts out.
- 3Use your spray bottle again to spritz some water on the area. Then follow it up with the cotton rag in order to soak up the moisture.
- 4Repeat the previous step until no residue is left.
- 5Keep on blotting and let it dry.
Unconventional Ways of Removing Blood Stains from Your Carpet
We are also going to discuss to you the other two ways which can remove that stubborn blood stain off of your carpet. Keep in mind that you can just employ these methods if the previous four methods failed (although we are sure that they will not fail).
At the same time, one of these methods is a great choice for those who have a green lifestyle and do not want to use any type of chemicals or high technology cleaning machines.
What You Need:
- 1Get a tablespoon of ammonia and mix it with half a cup of water that is warm.
- 2Take out your sponge or cloth and use that to apply the ammonia directly on the stain.
- 3Use the same cloth or sponge to blot the stain. Just keep on botting the area until all o the liquid is absorbed into your sponge or cloth.
- 4Use another cloth or sponge and dip it in cold water and tap that on the stain.
- 5Let that area dry.
What You Need:
- 1Fill your spray bottle with cold water. In the event that you do not have a spray bottle, you can simply dip a cloth in the cold water.
- 2Spray it directly on the blood stain.
- 3Make sure to spray starting from the outside so that the stain will not spread in other parts of the carpet.
- 4In order to remove the moisture, you can use a wet vac. If you do not have that, you can use a dry towel to blot the wet area.
- 5You can then use a fan and put it directly on the wet area to hasten the drying process.
- 6Once it is fully dry, use a vacuum to suck up the remaining stain and dirt.
- 7When there is still a bit of stain left, just repeat steps two to six until there is no stain left.
More Tips and Tricks
- Blood stains should immediately be tended to because the longer it stays on a specific area, the harder it is to remove because it clotted already in that area. Therefore, it has a certain cling to it.
- Make sure to always wear gloves when it comes to dealing with blood may it be from animals or humans. This will prevent any risks of infection.
- Never use hot water with the blood stain because in doing so, it will set the stain in your carpet.
- The use of hydrogen peroxide can fade your carpet. In order to prevent this, check the effect first in an area which cannot be seen.
- In order for the hydrogen peroxide to work on a blood stain that has already been set, you have to soak it in for a long time. Then, you can iron it with the iron set in the highest setting. The heat will then help remove the stain. If you want to protect the fabric against such high heat, you can use a paper towel n between the iron and the fabric.
- Do not just rely on the disinfecting properties of hydrogen peroxide. You can also use your own disinfectant. Just make sure that it will not counter the effect of the hydrogen peroxide. Another good choice is regular rubbing alcohol.
- Never use bleach with liquid dish soap. The liquid dish soap has ammonia that might react badly with the bleach and in the result, it delivers such dangerous fumes.
Those are the top four easy methods on how to get blood out of your carpet. Some are definitely simpler than others, but as you read for each method, they can vary depending on what blood stain you have. One method might work better on fresh stains, while the other method is best for older stains.
The truth of the matter is, it can also be a trial and error. There might even be that tough blood stain wherein you need to employ all four methods. Further, we were also able to discuss two other methods that not a lot of people do, but that does not necessarily mean that it is not effective. In act, they are as effective as the four earlier methods, it is just that, most of the time, people do not use the other two because the stain can be effectively removed from the carpet with the former methods. But again, it is a matter of preference and of course, the availability of the materials on which method you will use.
On a final note, keep in mind to always exercise caution when doing these methods. You are still working with chemicals so you might ingest dangerous fumes. So always wear protective gear like a mask and gloves. Also, if you have children and pets, it is better to use the natural methods that we discussed.