For as long as people have bled and owned homes or offices with carpets, they have left bloodstains behind. These can be incredibly tricky though not impossible to remove. As the residential and commercial carpet cleaning experts of San Juan County, the team here at San Juan County Chem-Dry has a few methods that have been proven to remove virtually any bloodstain. The longer the blood sits the harder it is to get it out. For this reason, it is essential to know how to spot treat a bloodstain, to minimize its damage until a professional cleaning service can give it the permanent solution it deserves.
A Few Bloodstain Removal Methods:
- The Old Cold Water Method – Some other types of stains may require the use of lukewarm water, BUT NOT BLOODSTAINS! It is important that you only use cold water to try and remove blood. Here are a few steps you can take.
- Find and remove any clots that have formed in the carpet fibers
- Take a cloth and drench it in cold water
- Apply the cloth to the stained area
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Sponge – Cold water may only work on newer stains, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you have an older one. Hydrogen peroxide and a sponge might just do the trick for you if you follow these steps.
- Apply hydrogen peroxide to a sponge and dab it on the damaged area of your carpet until it produces a “bubbling effect”
- Let it sit for a few minutes
- Use a dry rag to soak up the moisture
- Laundry Detergent – If the first two methods failed you, then give laundry detergent a try. Depending on the severity of the stain, it may be necessary to spray on laundry detergent.
- Put some liquid laundry detergent on the bloodstained area
- Rub in the detergent with your finger (Don’t scrub the stain with another cleaning tool, like a sponge or rag, as it may worsen the stain)
- Apply cold water to the area just like in method one
- Absorb the moisture with a dry towel
These treatments may be great, but only a professional service is able to remove stains for good! Spot cleaning beforehand will certainly help though and can at least mask the stain while you wait for a pro to arrive. Blood results in one of the most unattractive stains of all, and we know how important of an investment your carpet is.
The team here at San Juan County Chem-Dry has years of experience removing blood stains from the carpet. Our team of highly trained, trustworthy cleaning technicians will apply a protectant solution on your carpets to help prevent further accidents, and make sure your carpet is returned to its full beauty.