How to remove blood from rugs, carpets and sofas?

November 5, 2021

Accidents are notorious when having a family, especially with children present! Whether it is a bloody nose or a nasty cut somehow your sofas, rugs and carpets are the real victims! There are several misconceptions about how to remove blood stains on the internet; nevertheless, if expert assistance is not sought, the stain may set in and become permanent. As a result, we’ve assembled all of the necessary information to assist you in removing one of the toughest stains. Whether it’s fresh or dried blood, Magic Carpet Cleaning can support you to overcome this difficult hurdle.

Why blood is a difficult stain to remove?

Your blood is composed of haemoglobin, it begins to coagulate when exposed to oxygen in the air. Despite the fact that this is really helpful when you have a cut on your skin. It’s not when clotting begins on your pristine carpet or sofa. If the once-crimson red stain is left too long, it will turn brown and become even more tenacious.

Follow the steps we have assembled below to find customised solutions to solve this difficult challenge.

Magic Carpet Cleaning’s Do’s and Don’ts:

  • DO NOT RUB THE STAIN; blotting is the most effective stain removal procedure.
  • DO NOT USE HOT WATER to clean blood stains. Since haemoglobin is a protein, protein stains will set permanently when mixed with hot water.
  • DO NOT SOAK THE STAIN- the water will add to the weight of the stain, forcing it further into the fabric’s fibres.
  • DO NOT fully wet the stain, just dampen it.
  • DO Check the upholstery washing directions on the labels as well; you don’t want to harm the look of your house.
  • DO try using a toothbrush to manage stain removal is a good idea (especially if it is a small blood stain)
  • IMPORTANT: DO use protection such as gloves or a plastic bag HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B and C are all spread by blood. Viruses may live for up to a week without a host.

How to remove fresh blood from your carpets, rugs and sofas?

  1. Using paper towels, absorb any excess blood from the region carefully. Be cautious not to push the blood into the upholstery or fabric by blotting lightly. Avoid rubbing or smearing the blood, as this may result in a bigger and more difficult-to-remove stain.
  2. Dampen a white cloth in cold water and lay it over the stain to keep it from drying and settling into the upholstery. The dampened towel will keep the stain from drying for several hours. Once you’ve correctly cleaned the blood stain, these simple, quick procedures can help make upholstery stain removal faster and easier.
  3. In a large mixing basin, combine one tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid and two cups of cold water.
  4. Using a sponge, gently apply the solution to the stain.
  5. Blot any excess liquid with a dry cloth or paper towel.
  6. Continue until the discoloration is no longer visible.
  7. Using a clean towel soaked in cold water, rinse the detergent-stained area.
  8. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  9. Leave to dry overnight or at least several hours.

An alternative method:

  • Alternatively, you may use washing soda!
  • To form a thick paste, combine three parts washing soda and one part water; apply the mixture to the stain all over. It ought to fully encircle it;
  • Allow enough time for the remedy to function; thus, set aside at least an hour. (The best-case situation is to leave it working overnight.)
  • To see the solution after it has dried, wipe away the dry paste using a towel.
  • Remove any remaining powder with a damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner

What to avoid:

Each stain is unique, at the same time each textile is unique as well. Regardless of what other websites may say, the greatest advise we can provide is to never use chemicals on a stain. Despite what the internet claims, there is no single solution that can handle all stains and carpets. 99% of solutions available for purchase online will permanently harm your carpet’s fibres, perhaps making the stain permanent. Blood stains, however, are notoriously difficult to remove.

Older stains are more difficult to remove, but we still recommend using cold water. We highly advise against using any chemicals on your carpets, couches, or rugs since not all chemicals are compatible with the fibres in your upholstery or the components in the blood stain. Almost all of the treatments available for purchase online can irreversibly damage your carpet’s fibres, perhaps causing irreversible damage.

If you must use a stain remover, our technicians at Magic Carpet Cleaning highly suggests that you try it first on an inconspicuous area of the carpet or rug, such as a corner of the room or a spare patch of material you have before purchasing it. This ensures that any reactions that may occur inside the fibres are known before applying it on the real stain.

Still require expert assistance?

Are you still finding it hard to get your stain out? Stain removal is something that our experts are well-versed in. Based on the stain and the material, they will apply the appropriate cleaning method for your upholstery item. You may rely on us to remove the persistent blood stain and restore the furniture’s condition.