From bloody noses to paper cuts to scrapes and scratches, sometimes blood ends up on the carpet. Blood can be difficult to remove from carpets, but you don’t need to panic. Bloodstains can be removed with the right know-how and a little patience. Just follow these steps:
1. Act fast. The sooner you treat a stain, the easier it will be to remove. Don’t let the spot sit for days and days, instead get to it as soon as you can.
2. Remove any clots. Sometimes you will be able to use a spoon to scrape up hardened blood off the carpets. Do this first before moving onto the next steps and it will make your clean up a lot easier.
3. Use cold water. Your first instinct to remove a stain might be to turn to hot water, but hot water will actually set a blood stain and make it worse. Be sure to use cold water, not lukewarm water.
4. Blot, not rub. Blot at the spot with a rag soaked in cold water. Be careful not to rub the spot, as it will only make the stain worse. Blotting gently requires some patience, but it will help to remove the stain without spreading it.
5. Use rags. As the blood might stain the towel you are using to remove the spot, you will want to make sure to use a rag, not your nice towels. Have a few rags on hand so that you can switch it out if it becomes bloodsoaked. This will keep from spreading the mess farther.
6. Try hydrogen peroxide. If cold water alone isn’t taking care of the stain, give hydrogen peroxide a try. Apply a small amount to a clean rag, and blot it on the stain. It should bubble a bit; this means it’s working. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then soak up the moisture with a dry rag. Repeat as needed, but be careful not to oversaturate your carpet with hydrogen peroxide.
7. If all else fails, try laundry soap. Liquid laundry soap should help to remove the stain, but be careful not to apply too much, as it can leave a sticky residue in your carpet. Place a small amount on your finger and gently massage it into the carpet. Then, generously apply cold water to the spot and absorb the moisture with a dry towel.
If you cannot completely remove the stain by yourself, or you’d rather not bother in the first place, you can always call your local carpet cleaners to handle the stain for you.