So, you’ve accidentally spilled some blood on your beautiful carpet, and you’re panicking, right? Don’t stress! Whether it’s a minor cut or an unfortunate nosebleed, life happens. While blood stains can be notoriously stubborn, they aren’t invincible. Armed with the right knowledge and a touch of elbow grease, you can banish them for good. In this guide, I’ll walk you through two highly effective methods to eliminate both fresh and dry blood stains from your carpet. Let’s get that carpet back to looking pristine!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cold water or ice cubes.
- Clean, white cloth or towels.
- Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution).
- A small bowl or container.
- A soft brush or a clean toothbrush.
- Rubber gloves (for safety when handling hydrogen peroxide).
Method 1: Ice or Cold Water
If a bloodstain has just appeared on your carpet and you are able to clean it, then use plain water and a clean cloth. Use cold water only! Warm water will quickly curdle the blood and make it much more difficult or even impossible to scrub.
- Act Fast: If the blood is still wet, time is of the essence. The quicker you tackle it, the better.
- Blot, Don’t Rub: Using a clean white cloth, gently blot the stain. Rubbing can push the blood further into the carpet fibers.
- Apply Cold: Here’s where the ice or cold water comes in. Pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain, ensuring you don’t flood the area. If using ice, wrap a cube in a cloth and dab it onto the stain.
- Blot Again: With a fresh area of your cloth, blot up the water and the blood. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
This method is categorically not suitable for cleaning silk and wool carpets, as well as products made of viscose, because a large amount of water is used.
Method 2: Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a fairly strong remedy that can corrode a dry blood stain, as well as soak it and separate it from the carpet pile at the same time.
- Safety First: Before starting, wear rubber gloves. Hydrogen peroxide can be a skin irritant.
- Test a Small Area: Hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain fabrics. Test a hidden area of your carpet first to ensure no discoloration occurs.
- Apply the Solution: Pour a little hydrogen peroxide into a bowl. Dab a cloth into the solution, then gently blot the stain.
- Brush It Out: Using a soft brush or toothbrush, gently scrub the area. This helps lift the stain from the carpet fibers.
- Rinse and Dry: Once the stain is gone, dab the area with cold water to rinse out any residue. Pat dry with a clean cloth.
Attention! It is strictly forbidden to clean colored carpets with peroxide, as well as carpets made of silk, wool, viscose and cotton – they can form white splotches and tears!
Commercial Cleaning Products
While the above methods are quite effective, sometimes, for those extra stubborn stains, you might need a bit more firepower. Here are three commercially suitable cleaning products you can consider:
- OxiClean Carpet & Area Rug Stain Remover: Known for its oxygen-powered formula that tackles even tough stains.
- Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover: A non-toxic solution that claims to remove even old and set-in stains.
- Bissell Professional Power Shot Oxy Carpet Spot: Comes with a built-in scrubber making it perfect for immediate action.
Accidents happen, but they don’t have to leave a lasting mark on your carpets. Whether you choose the natural methods of ice and hydrogen peroxide or opt for a commercial cleaner, always act fast and remember to blot, not rub. Your carpet will thank you for it!