It is easiest to remove blood when it is still wet. Dried blood stains are notoriously harder to remove. Also be sure throughout the process to blot the stain, not rub it, as this will only push the stain further into the carpet fibers. Use the following steps along with the appropriate cleaning solution for your carpet type. If all else fails call your local Madison WI carpet cleaner.
You Will Need:
* Cleaning solution
- Wool: 1 teaspoon mild, non-alkali detergent with 1 cup cold water
- Synthetics: 2 tablespoons household ammonia with 1 cup cold water
- Oriental: 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts cold water
* Clean white towels
* Spray bottle (for cleaning solution)
* Rinsing Solution:
- 2-6 drops mild, non-alkali dish detergent with 1 cup cold water
* Water bottle
How to Remove the Stain:
Step 1: Begin by blotting with a clean cloth to remove as much of the blood as possible. It’s very important to BLOT throughout this entire process DO NOT SCRUB. Your goal is to “lift” the stain, not rub it into the fibers. Working from the outside of the stain towards the center will keep the stain from spreading.
Step 2: Spray stain with cold water and blot to remove as much of the stain as possible.
Step 3: Spray a small amount of cleaning solution on the stain. Then blot with a clean dry cloth until no more stain shows on the cloth. You will need to change your cloth often or use a clean patch of the towel each time as you are blotting to be sure you are not spreading the stain. Repeat until the stain is no longer noticeable.
Step 4: Spray with rinsing solution and blot with clean cloth to remove. Then spray with clean water.
Step 5: Cover stain with clean cloth or stack of paper towels and put heavy weight on top (heavy books, etc.). Leave set for several hours to absorb any remaining liquid. Remove weights and cloths and let area air dry. If the spot turns brown when it dries, mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water. Apply the solution on the dried spot and blot to dry. This can be repeated ONE time.
If all else fails call your local carpet cleaning professional. Most professionals will have industrial grade solutions to remove blood stains from carpet. Also visit our page on cleaning candle wax from carpet.