Removing Blood Stains from Carpeting

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 24, 2014)

Have you ever noticed just how difficult it can be to clean a blood stain from your carpeting? While this may not be a common type of stain, it is definitely one that just about every homeowner can expect to find themselves faced with at some point in their lives. Luckily, removing blood stains from carpeting can be something that is fairly difficult to remove doesn't make it impossible to remove.

While you can always go out and purchase some expensive carpet cleaners, there are a few methods available to you that won't cost all that much. In fact, many of these methods will require items that you more than likely already have around the home. However, one word of warning before you begin removing blood stains from your carpeting, and that is to test the methods carefully. Testing the method in an inconspicuous location on the carpet will allow you to see if there is any negative reaction, and won't end up creating a bigger problem than what you started with.

  • Hydrogen peroxide. Create a cleaning mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent hydrogen peroxide, and then pour it into a spray bottle. This will allow you to use a milder version of the cleaning power of hydrogen peroxide on the stain, and help prevent any damage to the carpeting. Spray the cleaning mixture directly on to the stain and allow it to sit there for 15 to 20 minutes. Blot the area dry, and you should notice that the stain is going away. Rinse the formerly stained area with some cold water, periodically blotting with a clean rag to help remove any lingering stain. Repeat the process as necessary to completely remove the stain.
  • Water and salt. If you were lucky enough to catch the mess before it dried out, then you can utilize a bit of water and salt to get rid of any potential stain. Place some ice and water into a large pitcher or mixing bowel and begin to blot the area clean with a clean dish towel or a sponge. Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible simply using cold water, saturate the area with some salt. Use enough salt to cover the initial stain and begin to gently rub the salt into the stain. Periodically rinse out the blood and salt using cold water and blotting the area clean. Repeat the process as necessary until you are able to completely remove the stain.
  • Soap. This method works in much the same way that the water and salt method worked. In fact, use the exact same process, except for using soap or shampoo to do the work in place of the salt. However, with this method you do not want to use too much shampoo or you could have a really hard time removing all the soap. Use a small amount, really only a drop or two, and then proceed as directed above.

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