7 Easy Tricks For Getting Blood Out Of Carpet

Without having to call in the forensic cleanup team.

Okay, first of all, are you okay? Cool. Then we’ll be moving right along.

Blood on the carpet is icky (and sounds creepy), but hey—life happens, and there are lots of remedies to remove it. All of these solutions are relatively quick, easy and painless—not taking into account whatever the blood spilling incident was. For small incidents, you should have that stain out of your carpet in no time at all.

But first, a few tips:

  • Always clean blood with cold water. Warm water will make the bloodstain much harder to remove because it’ll cause it to set.
  • The faster you get to the bloodstain, the easier it will be to remove.
  • Use a white cloth to clean up blood (and any stain, for that matter). Colored rags could potentially make the stain worse by transferring dye onto your carpet or rug, which is the last thing you need.
  • Never, ever rub the bloodstain. Blot and dab only!

Supplies

(You won’t need all of them. Select your technique from below and gather items as needed.)

  • Steel brush (for dried blood)
  • Cold water
  • Dish Soap (our favorite is Dawn)
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Rag(s)
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Wet vac (optional)

How to get wet blood out of carpet

1. Cold water

  • Fill your spray bottle with cold water.
  • Spray cold water directly onto the wet bloodstain.
  • Blot the bloodstain dry with a clean rag.
  • Repeat the spray/blot technique until the bloodstain disappears.
  • Dry blot with a clean, dry rag or allow the spot to air dry.
  • Alternatively, you can use a wet vac to dry the area.

2. Hydrogen peroxide

  • Hey, fair warning: Hydrogen peroxide may seriously discolor your carpet or rug. Best to test this method on a discreet corner of carpet someplace before applying it directly to the stain.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide to a clean rag.
  • Blot the bloodstain with the peroxide-soaked rag until it fades away. (It’ll probably get fizzy and bubbly, like a science experiment!)
  • Then blot the former stain with a damp (remember, cold water!) rag to finish.
  • Dry blot with a clean rag to absorb excess water.
  • Allow the spot to air dry completely, or use a wet vac to dry the area.

3. Vinegar

  • Vinegar’s high acidity, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it perfect for getting blood out of carpet, among other things.
  • Mix a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
  • Apply the solution to the bloodstain with your spray bottle, or soak a rag directly in the solution and blot the stain repeatedly.
  • Keep spraying/blotting until the bloodstain has dissolved.
  • Dry blot the spot with a clean rag to absorb residual vinegar and water.
  • Allow the spot to air dry completely, or use a wet vac to dry the area.

How to get dried blood out of carpet

4. Salt or cornstarch paste

  • Pour cold water into a bowl.
  • Add in enough salt or cornstarch to create a thick paste (it should resemble a gritty cake batter).
  • Apply the paste mixture directly to the dried bloodstain. Salt has killer dehydrating properties (as you’re probably well aware) and should lift out the water and the blood.
  • Let the paste sit for 10–20 minutes.
  • Blot the stain with a damp (remember, cold water!) rag until the stain dissolves.
  • Do not rub the dried bloodstain, no matter how intuitive that may feel. It will only spread the stain and make it worse!
  • Let air dry, and vacuum up any residual dried salt or cornstarch.

5. Hydrogen peroxide

  • Like we mentioned earlier: Hydrogen peroxide could discolor your carpet or rug. To avoid damaging your carpet, you may want to test this method on a discreet piece of carpet before applying it directly to the stain.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide to a clean rag.
  • Blot it to the bloodstain with the peroxide-soaked rag until it fades away.
  • Then blot the former stain with a damp (remember, cold water!) rag to finish.
  • Dry blot with a clean rag to absorb excess water.
  • Allow the spot to air dry completely, or use a wet vac to dry the area.

6. Water, baking soda & white vinegar

  • Combine together 2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of white vinegar and 4 tablespoons of baking soda in your spray bottle. Shake to mix.
  • Spray the mixture directly onto the bloodstain.
  • Let it soak in and sit for 5–10 minutes.
  • Blot the carpet dry with a damp rag to soak up residue.
  • Allow the spot to air dry completely, or use a wet vac to dry the area.
  • If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, hit the spot with a spritz of Febreze Fabric.

7. Dish soap & cold water

  • Got wool carpet? Try mixing 1 drop of dish soap such as Dawn with 1 cup of cold water.
  • Pour the solution directly onto the dried bloodstain.
  • Blot the bloodstain with a sponge soaked in cold water and then wrung out.
  • Repeat until the bloodstain fades away.
  • Blot spot with a clean, wet rag to remove soapy residue.
  • Dry blot with a clean rag to absorb excess water.
  • Allow the spot to air dry completely, or use a wet vac to dry the area.

Now that you’re basically a one-person crime-scene-cleaning expert, start applying for jobs with the local forensics team. Tell them we sent you.

We’ve got some more tips for cleaning all sorts of floors, plus advice on how to mop—and tricks for cleaning your cutting boards (because accidents happen, and sometimes we bleed on those, too).

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