How to Get Blood Out of Carpet (4 Best Strategies)

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get blood out of carpetIf you have blood on your carpet, chances are it’s the result of some injury. The last thing you want to deal with is cleaning up a mess in your carpet.

Sometimes you may not even know you are bleeding, but you find a trail of blood leading from where you just were. If you have pets or kids they can track blood throughout your entire house leaving your carpet covered in pretty red spots.

Stains from blood are difficult and if they have a chance to settle in your carpet things can get even worse.

Even though blood is hard to remove – you don’t need to go out and spend a ton of money on professional carpet cleaning or replace your entire carpet. You have a few simple products in your house that can tackle this tough stain with ease.

We’re going to focus on four main strategies for removing blood from your carpet:

Strategy 1: Hydrogen Peroxide

Just like hydrogen peroxide is useful in disinfecting wounds, it is also useful when removing blood stains from the carpet. When hydrogen peroxide contacts the hemoglobin in blood, specific reactions happen that breaks up pigmentation in the blood. This method rids you of that harsh red color on your beautiful, clean carpet.

  1. Take hydrogen peroxide and pour it on the stained section of your carpet. The reaction occurs when the liquid starts to fizz when it touches the blood.
  2. Once the fizzing stops, take a paper towel and blot the coated area and soak everything up. Once you soak everything up, you’ll see that the stain has already lifted quite a bit.
  3. Repeat these steps until the blood stain is completely gone.

salt and waterStrategy 2: Salt and Water

The texture of salt is effective in removing blood from a thick carpet. Saline breaks apart the protein in blood and makes the stain easier to remove. After treating the carpet with a salt and water mixture, the stain should be unnoticeable.

  1. Combine water and salt and mix until it has the texture of milk.
  2. Pour enough of the mixture over the stain to cover it entirely
  3. Let the mix rest on the carpet for approximately one hour or longer. You should see the stain starting to release and bind to the salt.
  4. Once a majority of the stain has released from the carpet, just gently blot the area with a rag until the entire stain is gone.
  5. Once you’ve done this, you will find a salt residue on the floor. Give the salt mixture time to dry and then vacuum it.

baking soda and waterStrategy 3: Baking Soda and Water

This method is excellent for all types of carpets. Baking soda is inexpensive, and the coarse texture is excellent at pulling the blood out of the rug.

  1. Combine the baking soda with water and mix it until it thickens up
  2. Cover the stained area with an even coat of the mixture.
  3. Let the mixture rest on the carpet for as long as possible. No less than one hour and preferably for six to eight hours. Once the mixture has sat on the rug for enough time, it will have pulled some of the blood stains out of the carpet and into the baking soda mixture.
  4. Take a dry rag or paper towel and blot the stained area until the majority of the stain has lifted from the carpet.
  5. Continue this process until the stain is gone
  6. Once you have removed the entire stain, cover the area with water and blot it with a clean towel.
  7. Vacuum up the remainder.

dish soap and waterStrategy 4: Dish Soap and Water

Using this method in comparison to expensive professional cleaning or crazy carpet cleaning products can save you a lot of money. It’s as effective at removing tough blood stains from the carpet.

This strategy works well for all types of carpets regardless of how plush they are.

  1. Cover the stained area with a nice amount of dish soap and let it rest for a couple of minutes.
  2. Coat the soaped area with clean water and scrub the stain with a brush until the stain has lifted entirely from the carpet.
  3. Blot any soap residue with a rag or paper towel.
  4. Repeat this process until the entire stain is gone.
  5. Once the stain is gone, coat the area with water and vacuum up until dry.

Blood is one of the most difficult stains to remove from a carpet. With these four simple methods, you can get the blood out of  your carpet without breaking the bank.

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Nora has more than 5 years experience in the floor covering industry, acquiring vast knowledge about installation and material selection. She now enjoys working as a writer and an interior decorator. Her work has been featured in The Spruce, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Real Homes. See full biography here.

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