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Best Way to Remove Dried Blood Stains from the Carpet

Updated on December 10, 2012

So you might have had a little accident on top of your carpet, leading to a few drops of drop on your precious, expensive carpet. In such a case, it is not as simple as using water to get rid of the blood stains on the carpet. Depending on the type of carpet material and the way in which the blood dropped on the carpet, you will need to either use a simple solution such as salt + water or go for professional help. In this Hubpages, we examine the best way to remove dried blood stains from the carpet. Please note that we may not be correct in all cases. You follow our instructions at your own risk. If it involves an expensive carpet, we suggest you call a professional to help you clear the stains.


Before you go ahead any further, take a note of this. The longer you let the blood stain set on the carpet, the more difficult it would be to get rid of the stains without leaving a significant mark. Therefore, if the blood just dropped on your carpet, quickly get a used cloth or sponge, lightly dip the cloth in cold water (make sure you squeeze water out after), and gently wipe the outer edges of the carpet. Do not delve in too deep or the water may end up leaving a permanent mark, especially fabrics that use delicate materials. Avoid using hot water. The warmth will simply speed up the process of drying. If the blood is already dry, you could try these alternative solutions.

#1 Detergent Solution
Mix one tablespoon of dish washing detergent with two cups of cold water (again, do not use warm or hot water). Mix the detergent solution well and lightly apply it to the area in question. Again, do not force your cloth into the carpet. This would only cause more trouble, allowing the blood to seep in deeper into the carpet. Instead of using cloth, you can also use a tool such as a toothbrush to gentle brush the stained area.

#2 Water + Vaccum
Filled a spray with cold water, and gently spray the stained carpet area a few times. Now quickly grab a vacuum cleaner and use the vacuum to absorb some of the water drops. After, use a dry towel to dry the remaining moisture on the carpet.

#3 Ammonia + Water
Mix 1 Tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup of cup water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Once it is in the bottle, lightly spray the ammonia solution to the affected carpet area. Let it sit for a few minutes. After the five minute mark, get an old, but clean cloth and gently wipe the stained area.

#4 Salt + Water
Fill a bowl with cup water and pour enough salt so it becomes a paste-like mixture. Put some of this paste on the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes. Once the waiting time is over, blot the area with a cloth. Do not push too hard or else you'll end up with salt in your carpet. Once you have blotted the area, use a vacuum to clear away any remaining salt residue.

These are just a few ways to get rid of dried blood stains on carpets. Again, you have been warned. The effectiveness of these methods really depends on your carpet material and texture. If it involves an expensive product, always go for a professional first.

Future Prevention

Now that you have figured out a way to clean the blood stains, you would want to prevent it from happening again. Of course, most of it is common sense, but here are a few sensible tips to avoid future issues with your carpet. This does not only apply to blood. It can also apply to liquids such as wine, milk, and many more.

#1 If possible, get a table that does not come with sharp edges. For example, a corner desk comes with many sharp corners that can cause you to easily bleed if you bump into them (glass would make the situation much worse).

#2 Do not place any liquids on the desk, especially if it is likely to create a huge stain on your carpet once spilled.

#3 Should another accident occur, make sure you have prepared something prior to the unexpected, so you can take care of the spilling accident immediately.

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