How to clean dried blood out of your carpet

Written by erin ringwald
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Stains on any surface are unsightly. It can be especially troublesome when the stain is a dried blood stain on your carpet. There are many ideas on how to remove blood stains from your carpets; these methods use products you probably have around your home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • OxiClean
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Plastic spoon
  • Brush
  • Rag
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide

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Instructions

    OxiClean

  1. 1

    Pour 1/2 scoop of OxiClean into a small cup or bowl. Use the provided scoop. Add 3/4 cup cold water. Hot water will set the stain making it harder to remove, so make sure the water is cold. Mix the OxiClean and water with a plastic spoon.

  2. 2

    Pour enough of the mixture onto the stain to thoroughly wet it. The amount you need will depend on the size of the stain.

  3. 3

    Use a scrub brush to rub the mixture into the carpet. This will help break up the stain.

  4. 4

    Use a clean, white rag or paper towel to dab the stain and soak up the excess water.

  5. 5

    Allow the spot to dry. If there are still remnants of the stain, repeat this whole process a second time.

    Baking Soda

  1. 1

    Mix two parts baking soda and one part cold water together in a small cup or bowl. The amount of each depends on how big the stain is. Mix them together until you have a paste.

  2. 2

    Use your finger to apply the paste to the stain. Use the back of a spoon to rub the paste into the stain.

  3. 3

    Allow the paste to sit for four or five minutes.

  4. 4

    Add cold water to rinse away the paste; use a wet, clean rag to wipe it away.

  5. 5

    Allow the spot to dry. If there are still remnants of the stain, repeat the process.

    Hydrogen Peroxide

  1. 1

    Pour 5 per cent hydrogen peroxide onto the blood stain. Make sure you apply enough to soak the spot.

  2. 2

    Allow the peroxide to sit for several minutes. The spot will bubble like peroxide does on a fresh cut.

  3. 3

    Use a clean, dry rag to dab the spot.

  4. 4

    Check to see if the stain is removed. If not, repeat the process until the stain is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Before using any type of carpet treatment, test an area of the carpet by applying a small amount to a hidden area. Wait five to 10 minutes and check to see if there is any damage to the carpet. If so, do not use that treatment method.

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