Oh no! You or someone in the family has managed to spill blood onto the carpet! What are you going to do? Yes – it’s true that blood is what keeps our bodies working correctly, but it doesn’t do anyone any good when it’s all over the carpet.
Need to know how to get blood out of carpet? It’s not as difficult as you might think, but first things first – you WILL have a tougher time removing blood that has been given ample time to dry onto your carpeting. If you want to completely avoid damaging your carpet, you’ll want to remove blood stains before they’ve dried.
How to Remove Fresh Blood from Your Carpet
If the blood is fresh, grab a white cloth or towel. Blot the stain to remove as much of it as possible. Next, spray it with cold water. Allow the water to sit for a few minutes.
While it’s ideal to use a spray bottle, you can always just pour the water directly onto the stain. You should NEVER use hot water because it will set the stain permanently into your carpet.
Also, don’t use too much water because it can spread the blood into more carpet fibers. The goal is to dampen the stain with water, rather than soaking it completely. Continue to wet and blot the stain while dabbing it with a dry paper towel. Repeat these steps until the blood is all gone.
Option 2 for Wet Blood
Another weaker, less-likely-to-damage-your-carpet method involves the use of salt paste. You can try this method instead of using plain water. You’ll want to mix cold water and salt in a bowl.
This will create a thin paste. Pour some of the paste over the stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Continue to blot the stain with a paper towel or cloth.
Make sure to vacuum after the stain has been removed. For fresh or wet blood, you can also use 1 cup of cold water and 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing fluid. Use a clean cloth to dab the stain. Rinse the stain with cold water.
Removing Dried Blood
As mentioned earlier, dried blood can be harder to remove. Since you’ll be using a stronger cleaning agent, you’ll want to test it on a small portion of carpet first. The cleaning agents about to be discussed have the potential to discolor your carpet.
You should apply them to a piece of your carpet and allow them to sit for at least 15 minutes and check to make sure they don’t cause discoloration. Wool and silk carpets are notorious for being very easy to damage, so you need to be especially careful when working with these types.
Before using strong cleaning agents, it’s a good idea to see how much of the blood stain you can scrape off using a dull knife. You won’t be able to remove the entire stain this way, but you can remove a decent amount of it.
However, you’ll want to avoid this step if your carpeting is exceptionally expensive or valuable. The first technique involves applying unflavored meat tenderizers to the stain. The tenderize breaks down the proteins within the stain, which makes it a lot easier to remove.
You can mix this solution with an equal amount of cold water and blot the stain with it. Let the solution sit on the stain for 20 minutes to half an hour. Next, blot the stain using a clean towel. You can rinse everything off with a single drop of liquid detergent and cold water.
It’s best to avoid using flavored meat tenderizer. Don’t use this method on silk or wool carpets because they contain animal proteins that can be removed by the tenderizer.
Another option is to wet the tufts using hydrogen peroxide. 3 percent hydrogen peroxide can be applied to the stain, while will lighten carpet fibers and hide the stain. Don’t use this method on dark carpets. Another option is ammonia and shampoo.
Ammonia can work very well but can discolor carpet. Ammonia can be used by itself, but it’s a lot more effective when used with ordinary detergent. Mix 1 cup of water with 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid.
Spray the solution onto the carpet and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Next, apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Blot the carpet dry and spray on the ammonia. Rinse with water until the stain is gone.
Apply an Enzyme Cleaner
One of the last strong cleaning methods that you can use involves an enzyme cleaner. Most commercial enzyme cleaners will break down complex chemicals found in organic stains and blood.
All you need to do is apply the cleaner according to the instructions on the label. Cleaning with such a product usually involves spraying the cleaner onto the stain, allowing it to sit for a few minutes and blotting the carpet dry.
Many enzyme cleaners are sold as pet urine removal products. However, some ‘natural’ laundry detergents do the same. You should never use these products on silk or wool carpets.