We got your attention with that title didn’t we? Of course we’re not going to tell you how to get blood off dead bodies, how would we know?
That said, blood stains can be a nightmare on carpets, fabric, clothes and other items. Yet it’s so easy to get accidental blood stains, whether from nose bleeds, cuts and grazes or worse. They can be unsightly and messy. Left untreated or tackled improperly, blood can be a pesky stain to remove.
The following a few tips we’ve come across for cleaning blood out of various fabrics.
Removing Blood From Fabric
When trying to remove blood from fabrics, upholstery and clothing, the first thing to remember is you’d be better off using cold water. Hot water is not nearly as effective at removing blood from fabric.
- Choose a colour-free rag that’s less likely to bleed (you don’t want colour running onto your fabrics while you’re trying to remove the blood). We’d recommend using a highly absorbent cloth to soak up the stain (and the water you’ll be using to remove it).
- Dampen your cleaning cloth or rag in cold water (the colder the better), then rub the surface of the fabric. If you’re trying to remove blood from delicate fabrics, then we’d recommend using light pressure and simply dabbing the stain.
- For more persistent blood stains, try soaking the mark in cold water for a period of time, 5 or 10 minutes is probably sufficient. If that doesn’t work, try applying a little washing up liquid or detergent – just be wary of fabrics that aren’t colourfast.
- Bleaching – if you’re feeling brave and your fabric isn’t colourful (i.e. it’s white) you can use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain. This is a drastic measure which we’d recommend avoiding if possible.
Other options – if these techniques don’t work you can try:
- Adding salt to cold water and repeat the above steps. Salt water has been shown to be quite effective at removing blood stains from fabric. Just be careful not to use too much salt or you risk marking the fabric with salt stains.
Removing Blood From Carpets
Blood stains on carpet can be an unsightly problem and a bit of a headache if not dealt with correctly. The first thing to do is check that your carpet is colourfast and not likely to bleed while you clean it. Find a corner that’s mostly obscured from view and test it.
The best way to remove a blood stain is cold water, but you don’t really want to soak your carpet as it will take time to dry and if you use too much water you could potentially damage the underlay and lead to unwanted moisture build up. So try these steps first:
- Cover the blood stain with a small amount of plain flour or talcum powder and a splash of water (not too much of either).
- Using a soft absorbent cloth rub the mixture into the surface of the carpet on and around the blood stain. Be careful to use colourfast rags/cloths when doing this to avoid the risk of run off and further unwanted stains.
- Allow the mixture to dry and brush or vacuum off. This should remove the blood stain.
Other options – if these blood stain removal techniques don’t work you can try:
- Use a mixture of detergent/washing liquid and cold water and blot the blood stain with a soft absorbent cloth. Use another cleaning cloth to soak up the cleaning mixture and the stain.
- For stubborn blood stains, consider using bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Just be sure to check the colourfastness of your carpet. Some modern carpets are bleach resistant and are able to be cleaned that way, but it’s still best to check in an inconspicuous area first.
Removing Blood From Clothes
Removing blood stains from clothes is probably the easiest; after all, most garments are designed to be washed.
- Wash blood stained clothes on a cold cycle. Cold water is much more effective at removing blood stains from all fabrics, so a cold wash in your washing machine with a slightly increased amount of detergent should do the trick.
- If the stain is particularly stubborn try using a clean cloth or rag to rub the problem area with detergent before you wash it.
All the best removing your blood stains. Be sure to take a look at our other cleaning tips to discover more on cleaning and polishing and getting the most out of your cleaning cloths, rags and polishing cloths.