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How to Remove a Blood Stain from your Carpet

Date posted: 22 November 2016

Children's accidents and nosebleeds are a common culprit for leaving blood stains on carpets, and it can be very tough to remove if it is not dealt with correctly. The key thing is to take action as soon as you can: fresh blood is easier to clean off than dried blood.

For the best results, follow these steps carefully:

  1. If the stain is fresh, first remove the excess blood by blotting with a paper kitchen towel or a cotton towel. Make sure you don't rub at the stain or you may spread it further. For a dried blood stain, lightly brush off as much of the dried blood as possible then move straight on to step 2. 
     
  2. Mix together two cups of cold water with one tablespoon of washing up liquid to make your cleaning solution. An alternative cleaning solution recommended by some is a mix of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water – although you need to take care using ammonia because it is an alkali that can damage some carpets (and upholstery fabrics). Check the suitability before you choose this solution.
     
  3. Using a modest amount of your chosen cleaning solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth. Do not over-wet the carpet.
     
  4. Blot gently at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
     
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the blood stain has disappeared.
     
  6. Finish off by sponging the area with a little bit of cold water using a clean, white cloth just to remove any leftover cleaning solution.
     
  7. Blot the area dry.

To clean blood out of an item of upholstery, follow the same steps as for carpet cleaning. Use the washing up liquid solution rather than the ammonia solution if you are in any doubt about the suitability of using ammonia on your fabric.

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