Tips For Removing Blood Stains From Carpet

Below I've collected tips for removing blood stains from carpet, from readers and from video tips.

These stains can be difficult to remove because you can't just thrown the carpet in the wash to remove the stains, but instead must rely only on stain removal solutions to get it out.

As with all stains, the quicker you discover and try to remove the blood the easier it will be. And, with all these suggestions below make sure you first test the carpet cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area before using it on your carpet, to make sure it does not harm it.

Below you'll find several homemade stain remover suggestions you can use, but I would love to hear even more from you. There is always more ways to remove stains, so you can share your tips for how to remove these spots here, or read other tips for other surfaces which have already been submitted.

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Hydrogen Peroxide For Carpet Spots

Suzanne says:

My son cut his foot and got drips of blood all down our hall and living room carpet.

Pouring just a little peroxide on each drop and blotting it with a paper towel got it all out of the carpet!

Leslie says:

Our dogs got into a horrific fight last year and there was blood all over the carpet and spattered up on the wall. (They had to go to the vet but are fine).

I got a medium sized mixing bowl with cool water, a clean rag, a stiff brush, and hydrogen peroxide.

I poured about a 1/4 cup of HP into the water, then kept dipping the brush into the bowl and scrubbed each area.

When it looked clean then I pressed with the clean towel to remove as much dampness as possible, and moved onto another area.

I had to change the bowl out fairly often.

The HP worked on the wall mess also without removing paint. You can't tell anything ever happened!

Taylor says:

Thanks for the tips Suzanne and Leslie!

You're right, hydrogen peroxide is a really effective way to remove blood from almost any type of fiber.

And in general it should be safe for your carpet, but with some dyes hydrogen peroxide can bleach, so always make sure you test first in an inconspicuous area first before applying the peroxide to your carpet fibers.

You can check out even more uses for hydrogen peroxide here that I've collected throughout the site, or share your own!

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Removing Blood Stains From Carpet - Video And Tips

Below is a video where a professional carpet cleaner gives tips for removing blood stains from carpet.

Obviously, the most important step is to catch it as quickly as possible, and blot up as much wet blood as possible.

You can then also wet another paper towel with cold (not hot or warm water) and see if you can get more blood to transfer onto the towel from the carpet using this method.

The reason you don't want to use hot or warm water, especially on a blood stain, is because it is a protein based stain.

That means that hot or warm water will set the stain, making it much harder to remove.

Next, she suggests several potential cleaners to use for removing the stain, including a pH neutral carpet spotter, ammonia or white vinegar.

She does not go into too much detail about this, but instead suggests you call a carpet cleaning professional (vested interest, I guess).

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How To Remove Blood Stain From Carpet

Here are some hints and tips for how to remove blood stain from carpet.

First, try either a dishwashing liquid solution or an ammonia solution on the spots.

Then, you can use table salt to help remove cleaning solution residue from the carpet.

Finally, use a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, added drop by drop to the carpeting to make the spot disappear.

With both ammonia and hydrogen peroxide I would suggest doing a spot test in an inconspicuous area of your carpet first, just to make sure neither will harm your carpet fibers or carpet color before you treat the blood stains.

As you can see, I've already collected some tips and instructions for removing blood stains from you carpet, but I would love to hear from more readers, sharing how they did it. You can submit your own tips here, or read other tips that have already been submitted, including for other surfaces besides carpet.

***Update: A reader shared how she got these stains out of her carpet using a Magic Eraser. Who knew? ***End Update

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