How to remove set in blood stains from a carpet

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How to remove set in blood stains from a carpet
Blood stains ruin carpets if left untreated (carpets image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Blood stained carpets are bothersome to people who own homes and companies. Most carpets that are currently manufactured are made to be resistant to stains, so even difficult to get out items such as blood are able to be removed from carpets, provided the stain is dealt with quickly. Time is of the essence when it comes to removing set blood stains from a carpet because blood is prone to leave permanent marks in your carpet if it is left untreated.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mild detergent
  • 2 paper towel rolls

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pour cold water on the area where the blood is located until it is damp. Attempt to extract the blood from the carpet by using paper towels to soak up the blood, throw away the bloody paper towel, and then repeat the process until all of the blood is gone. Be sure that you use only cold water when dealing with blood stains because hot water will not get out the stain.

  2. 2

    Get rid of the rest of the blood by using 1 cup of mild detergent mixed with 1 cup of cold water. Blot the remaining area of blood with paper towels, while taking great care to keep the blood confined to the immediate area of the stain. Blot dry the location where the blood stain was located by using paper towels to remove any dampness that is left over.

  3. 3

    Turn on the air conditioner. Having an air conditioner on after the blood has been removed will dry any wetness that remains in the carpet which was previously soaked with blood. Remember to turn on the air conditioner immediately because you do not want mould to occur if the carpet is left wet.

Tips and warnings

  • There are a number of factors that can vary depending on the type of fabric from which your carpet. Consult a carpet cleaning expert before you attempt to remove blood stains on your own.

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