How To Remove Blood Stains
Removing blood stains successfully from your carpet is no accident when you follow these procedures and tips.
Stains from blood are reddish when fresh but dry to a dark brown color. It
contains albumin (a water soluble protein coagulated by heat, similar
to an egg white when heated), fat, iron and fibrin (a protein which
gives blood the ability to clot).
type of stain
is water soluble and is on the alkaline side of the
Procedures to remove blood stains
Time is of the essence! Immediately blot up as much of the spill as
possible. The longer a stain sets the more stubborn it becomes to
remove. Use a clean white bleach-free cloth to remove a stain as the
color from the cloth could transfer to the fabric or surface you are
How to Blot: Push your index finger knuckle into a white
bleach-free cloth. Work your knuckle forward and backward then left to
right across the carpet stain. Twist your wrist in a clockwise
direction. Carpet fibers are twisted clockwise. This motion removes
stains from between the fibers without causing the carpet to fuzz.
Remember to frequently move the towel to prevent the stain from
- For successful blood stain removal, the protein
component must be considered. Excessive heat may cause the protein
portion of the stain to set.
Apply an alkaline cleaning solution (pH 9-10) like Soap Free Procyon Spot & Stain Remover and blot.
Always pretest any stain remover on an inconspicuous area of
the carpet. Apply a few drops to each color in the carpet test area.
Press a clean, white cloth on the wet area for approximately 30 seconds.
Check both the towel and the carpet for color transfer, color change or
any other damage. Repeat same procedure with another stain remover if
you notice any change.
Do not scrub the area. Scrubbing can distort the pile and harm
the fibers. Scrubbing can result in making the stain set into the carpet
Work from the edges of the stain to the center to prevent the
stain from spreading. Continue as long as the stain is getting
transferred onto the towel. Apply more solution to a fresh area on the
towel and repeat the process as long as the stain is being removed.
Patience is a virtue as far as this step is concerned!
If available, utilize a carpet cleaning machine or a spray bottle
to apply the alkaline cleaning solution to flush the stain. Then
extract to remove stains from carpet. As an alternative a shop vac may
be utilized for extraction purposes. Dry treated area as much as
possible. Care must be taken not to over-wet the carpet.
- Any blood stains remaining can be treated with an oxidizing bleach.
Depending on the type of carpet fiber, caution must be exercised when treating stains with an oxidizer due to possible color loss, fiber damage or permanent setting of the stain.
Oxidizers to use include:
commercially formulated oxidizers available to the carpet cleaning industryhydrogen peroxide, safest on all fiber typessodium percarbonate, safe only on synthetic fibersa 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia will work faster than
hydrogen peroxide alone, however, this mixture should not be used on
- When the desired results are achieved, thoroughly rinse oxidizer from carpet and dry carpet as much as possible.
When most of the moisture is removed, you may use clean, dry
towels weighed down by flat, heavy objects like a book or brick on the
damp area to absorb any remaining moisture. This helps prevent wicking
of any deep staining material not removed that will move to the surface
as the carpet dries.
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