You may not understand how easily blood can get on your carpet – and we’re not talking about murder. Small cuts or children hitting walls or furniture can make the difference between a clean carpet and a bloody carpet.
In addition to the obvious red, there is another reason why bloodstains are so difficult to remove. The haemoglobin in the blood acts as a binding agent and adheres to the carpet fibres. If you have blood on your carpet, you need to act as soon as possible.
The method you choose to remove the blood from the carpet depends on the nature of the carpet (dry or fresh). It is not surprising that dried blood requires more difficult methods to be successfully removed.
Remember that the methods we use in our manual may not be suitable for all types of carpets. If you own an antique, oriental, Persian or other special carpet, first carry out a random check in an inconspicuous place. Then leave the solution to stand for 15 minutes and check for signs of damage, such as discoloration.
With a stain of fresh blood, one must act quickly to prevent a catastrophe. Start by soaking the blood in a clean cloth or paper towel. The cloth is most effective, but if you are afraid of getting it dirty, use paper towels. After all, you may have to change them several times.
Start at the edges of the spot and then continue to the middle. Do not rub the stain, it only spreads further into the fibres.
Spray the bottle with cold water, inject a little blood and let it stand for a minute or two. You can also pour a small quantity with a glass or other packaging. Apply water only until the surface is wet; too much water can damage the carpet.
Some homeowners prefer a soft drink or tonic to a tap. It is not exactly known how soft drinks remove stains, but they will certainly not damage your carpet.
Using the cold
Never apply warm or lukewarm water to blood stains. The high temperature fixes the stain on the carpet for a long period of time (1).
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the stain disappears. You’ll probably need a few representatives, but keep up the good work. Every time a stain on the fabric changes colour, use a different stain – change it again and again until the stain disappears.
If you get tired of getting wet, try a wet vacuum cleaner or a carpet vacuum cleaner with a small nozzle. It will help to remove moisture and stains.
If the stain is still present after countless weeks and moistening cycles, try salt. In a small bowl, make a dough from salt and cold water. Apply a small amount of the mixture directly to the blood and allow to soak in for a few minutes.
Remove salt and stains with a clean cloth. Check the tissue after each removal to make sure the stain is coming out or not.
Protect your carpet
Salt can damage the carpet fibres if it stays in place. That’s why you should vacuum as soon as you’re done.
After an unsuccessful attempt with the salt method, use a small amount of liquid detergent. Dilute one or two teaspoons of rinsing soap in a cup of cold water.
Take the white cloth in solution and apply it to the bloodstain. Then fill the siphon with cold water and rinse the area. Soak with a dry cloth.
Do not use soap or cleaning agents containing lanoline or bleach as these can damage and discolour the carpet.
Once you’ve removed the blood, it’s time to dry the carpet. The quickest way to dry the carpet is by using a fan. Aim it at the wet surface of the carpet and let it soak for a few hours.
To speed up the drying process you can also use paper towels or a dry towel to remove moisture from the carpet. Place it in a damp place and apply something heavy to remove the moisture.
If it takes too long to dry the carpet, blood may leak out if soaked in the upholstery. This will cause a new stain, which can be very disappointing.
When the mat is finally dry and there’s no more blood, you might want to get it back in shape. You can do this by suctioning the area to extract the fibers. You can also use a toothbrush to gently swell this area.
If the stain was large or if there were multiple stains over a large surface area, you can use a vacuum cleaner. It would be quicker and easier than sitting on the floor and washing your hands.
If you want a small head, you can try scraping a dull knife in a dry place. It can help to loosen bloodstains and make them easier to remove. However, this trick alone isn’t enough to make magic, and it’s not worth trying on precious carpets.
Ammonia is one of the most effective ways to remove blood from any surface. However, it should be treated with care, as it can damage or discolour silk or wool.
You can easily use ammonia yourself, but we prefer to start with a cleaning product to speed up the process. It can also reduce the operating time of the ammonia, which can reduce the risk of damage.
Pour a cup of water into a siphon and add two teaspoons of shampoo. You can also use liquid detergent. Shake the mixture well and spray the area – leave for up to five minutes.
Pour a cup of water into another siphon and add a tablespoon of household ammonia. Shake the bottle quickly to mix.
Then soak the area in a cloth before applying ammonia. Leave the ammonia to stand for five minutes after spraying. Dry the area again and rinse with clean water, spray and soak.
Ammonia can emit toxic fumes, so be careful when using it. Be careful when wearing gloves and a mask and make sure the chamber is well ventilated (2).
Enzymes are a natural agent that helps bacteria break down organic material such as vomit, urine, stool and blood. You can purchase any commercially available enzyme-based cleaner, such as Bubbas Super Strength, if it is safe for carpet size (3).
Attach the product according to the instructions on the label. Usually they are sprayed directly on the stain and stay for a while. Rinse and then dry.
Keep your carpet.
Enzymatic cleaning agents are effective, but should not be used on silk or woollen carpets. Enzymes can destroy both fiber and blood.
It’s difficult, but certainly not impossible, to clean the bloodstain. If you act quickly and use the right methods, you can successfully restore your carpet.
Don’t forget to get wet and rub a new bloodstain. Friction can cause the blood to penetrate the fibres, making it difficult to remove. Always choose cold water instead of hot or warm water, as this will prevent blood from sticking to the carpet.