How to Get Blood out of Carpet: 8 Methods Explained Step-by-Step

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Powdered ammonia on a wooden table
Ammonia comes in both chemical and powdered form.
Chemicals with either a high pH or a low pH, often make good cleaning solutions because they interact with the protein chains in stains. Here’s how to use ammonia to remove a blood stain from your carpet:
  1. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia into four ounces of warm water.
  2. Use a white cloth to blot the stain with the water and ammonia solution. You can also use a spray bottle to apply the solution.
  3. Using a clean cloth, dab at the area to remove the extra liquid.
As with any substance that has an extremely high or low pH, ammonia may have a bleaching effect. If the first attempt doesn’t remove the blood stain, move on to a different technique. Don’t add more ammonia to the carpet.


How to Remove Dry Blood From Carpet Using Liquid Detergent

Dish soaps and similar liquid detergents are often effective ways of removing stains from carpets. Let’s take a closer look at how to remove blood stains with these detergents:
  1. Combine one tablespoon of colorless dish soap with two cups of cold water.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain using a white cloth. As with the other solutions, blot the stain, instead of scrubbing.
  3. Keep blotting until the carpet has absorbed enough of the liquid.
  4. Use a dry cloth to blot up the liquid, and the blood along with it.
  5. If the stain is still there, consider using a commercial stain remover, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as a final resort.


Using Commercial Stain Removers to Remove Blood Stains From Carpet

Many people grasp for a commercial stain removal product as soon as they see a stain on their carpet. Since these products are specifically designed for stain removal, they’re often effective. However, they’re also stronger than the natural options and can be too harsh. When using a commercial stain remover, ensure that you use just enough to get rid of the stain. It’s better to reapply the agent than to apply too much at once and damage your carpet. Although each product has its own instructions, most follow a similar series of events. Here’s how you’d use a typical carpet stain remover:
  1. Use cool water and a sponge or cloth to remove as much of the blood as possible.
  2. Dry the area with a fresh cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of stain remover. If you buy a spray-on type, just give the carpet two or three sprays. If you buy a powdered form, dissolve the powder in the recommended amount of water before saturating the stained area.
  4. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes or so, so the stain remover can take effect.
  5. Blot the area with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the liquid (and the stain).
  6. Use a wet vacuum or a soft brush and water to rinse the area thoroughly, ensuring that no stain remover is left on the carpet.


How to Get Dried Blood out of Carpet

A dried blood stain may be harder to remove than fresh blood. However, it’s not always possible to clean up a blood stain when it happens. We’ll take a closer look at how to get dried blood out of carpet, and in which order to use different techniques if the first one doesn’t work. We suggest trying to remove dried blood stains using the following order:
  1. Use cold water to remove blood that hasn’t dried into the carpet.
  2. Blot the area with a clean dry cloth.
  3. Apply the salt paste and leave the carpet for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove salt paste and blot with cold water to remove the blood and remaining salt.
  5. Use a vinegar solution to treat the stain (a spray bottle is handy).
  6. Wait for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove blood loosened by the vinegar by blotting with a cool, wet towel.
  8. Apply a baking soda solution.
  9. Let the carpet soak for a few minutes.
  10. Dab with a clean cloth to remove blood dislodged by the solution.
  11. Use a liquid detergent solution and cool water to blot the stain and remove any remaining blood.
  12. Use a damp cloth and water, or wet vac, to extract any remaining solution.
  13. If you haven’t managed to remove all the blood at this point, consider using peroxide or a commercial stain remover.
If at any point in the process you find that you’ve removed all the blood, stop the cleaning process. Constant heavy cleaning is harsh on carpets, and you want to stop as soon as possible. When the carpet is stain-free, simply remove the remaining cleaning solution and allow the carpet to air dry.


How to Get Period Blood out of Carpet

Despite what people think, period blood is no harder to remove than any other type of blood. If you get blood on your carpet, try to remove it as quickly as possible. While the blood is fresh, you can easily use cold water or salt to remove the stain.
drop of blood on a white carpet between a woman's feet
Removing menstrual blood from carpets isn’t harder than removing any other blood stain.
If you only discover the blood later or if it’s had time to dry, then commercial stain removal products may be the easiest choice. However, any of the standard cleaning methods that we’ve mentioned in this article will also work. Here’s how to get period blood out of carpet in ascending order of severity:
  • Baking soda solution
  • Liquid detergent solution
  • Vinegar and water solution
  • Ammonia and water solution
  • Peroxide and water solution
Always try to save the most intensive solutions as a last resort.


How to Remove Blood Stains From a White Carpet

While removing blood from a white carpet is harder than with darker colors (or, blood is less visible on a darker color), it’s far from impossible.

Challenges of Removing Blood From White Carpets

White carpets have their own set of challenges, which include:
  • They easily absorb the color of any solution that you use, as well as that of the blood.
  • The color of blood is far more noticeable if it seeps into the surrounding carpet fibers while you’re cleaning.
  • Contrary to popular belief, white carpets are easier to stain with bleaches and bases. Rather than making them whiter, these substances often turn white carpets yellow.

Tips For Removing Stains From Your White Carpet

Some tips that may help you keep your white carpet in shape include:
  • Avoid using strong bases or acids like vinegar, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use natural, colorless cleaning solutions like salt and baking soda as a first option.
  • If you need to use a stronger cleaning solution, always do a spot test in an area that’s out of sight to see how it will affect your carpet.
  • If you get blood on your carpet, completely remove the fresh blood when it happens. Using cold water on a fresh stain is a lot less likely to stain the carpet permanently.
  • Never scrub, rub, or clean the stain with a sideways motion. Doing so places extra strain on the carpet fiber, and may spread the stain into the surrounding carpet fibers. Only dab the stain with an up-and-down motion.
  • NEVER use warm water, as it will spread the stain into the carpet’s fibers.

Removing Fresh Blood From a White Carpet

Here’s how to get blood out of white carpet:
  1. Use cold water and a cloth to dab at the stain and remove as much blood as you can. Keep folding the cloth to use clean parts of the material.
  2. Use a dry paper towel or cloth to blot the area and remove excess moisture.
  3. If any blood remains, apply a thin paste of salt and cold water to the stain and its surroundings.
  4. Leave the paste for five to ten minutes to absorb as much of the blood as possible.
  5. After this time, remove what remains of the salt mixture and use a damp cloth to blot this area.
This series of actions should remove fresh blood from your carpet completely. If it doesn’t, I recommend using a commercial stain remover.

Removing Dried Blood From a White Carpet

Removing dried blood from a white carpet is harder, but you still can. Here’s how:
  1. Use a wet cloth to apply cold water to the stain. Blot at it repeatedly and see how much of the blood comes out.
  2. Dry the carpet with a dry rag or towel (still blotting).
  3. Apply a salt mixture to the stain, and allow it to rest for several minutes.
  4. Remove the saltwater paste and dab with a clean rag to remove excess salt.
  5. Use a liquid detergent solution (colorless and odorless detergent) to dab at the stain and see how much of it you can remove.
  6. Dry the carpet with a clean rag.
If the carpet is still stained, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. They have a lot of experience with cleaning stains and are less likely to damage your white carpet.


When Home Cleaning Solutions Fail

Sometimes once a blood stain is set into the carpet, no amount of careful cleaning with home solutions will solve the problem. A store-bought stain removal product is one solution, but even that can fail. For some problems, the best option is to hire a professional. Almost every city has at least one professional carpet cleaning company, and you might need to employ one of them. Some cases that might call for hiring professionals include:
  • When none of your homemade cleaning solutions work to remove the stain.
  • When you have an expensive carpet with specific cleaning requirements. White carpets, Berber and high-pile carpets, and other specialty products are best left to the professionals.
  • When your carpet is still new. Many carpet guarantees fall away if you use home cleaning solutions to clean your carpet. Always read the conditions of your guarantee or warranty carefully.
Of course, I’d recommend cleaning the carpet yourself when possible. It’s cheaper, usually faster, and much more satisfying. However, for your carpet’s sake, you also need to admit when you’re in over your head. I hope that you found this article about removing blood from carpets valuable. Don’t forget to check out our article about removing wax from carpet for more carpet-cleaning tips. What’s your favorite way to remove stains from carpets? Let us know in the comments.
A bottle of vinegar and container of baking soda against a white background
A combination of baking soda and vinegar works well for cleaning many things naturally.
From cleaning ovens to removing blood stains, baking soda is an ideal natural option. Here’s how to use baking soda to remove blood stains:
  1. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda, two cups of water, and two cups of vinegar. Blend the two liquids before adding the baking soda, or the baking soda and vinegar will react to one another.
  2. Apply the blend to the blood stain, covering all parts of the stain, and slightly more of the carpet. You can use a spray bottle for easy application.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a clean cloth to dab at the carpet till the fibers are dry.
  5. If you’ve removed the entire blood stain, your work is done. Otherwise, repeat the process.
  6. If part of the blood stain persists even after repeating the process, consider using one of the other techniques or a commercial cleaner.


How to Get Blood Stains out of Carpet With Vinegar

Thanks to its high acidity and antibacterial properties, vinegar helps to remove a blood stain while also disinfecting that area of the carpet. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with vinegar:
  1. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water.
  2. Apply the solution to the area around the blood stain. You can use a spray bottle to make it easier for you.
  3. Allow the carpet to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3.
  5. Blot the carpet with a dry towel or clean cloth to remove the liquids.
  6. Evaluate the carpet and decide how much of the blood stain came out. If there’s still blood on the carpet, follow up with a stronger technique—such as ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.


How to Remove Blood From a Carpet Using Ammonia Solution

As with baking soda, ammonia is an extremely alkaline element.
Powdered ammonia on a wooden table
Ammonia comes in both chemical and powdered form.
Chemicals with either a high pH or a low pH, often make good cleaning solutions because they interact with the protein chains in stains. Here’s how to use ammonia to remove a blood stain from your carpet:
  1. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia into four ounces of warm water.
  2. Use a white cloth to blot the stain with the water and ammonia solution. You can also use a spray bottle to apply the solution.
  3. Using a clean cloth, dab at the area to remove the extra liquid.
As with any substance that has an extremely high or low pH, ammonia may have a bleaching effect. If the first attempt doesn’t remove the blood stain, move on to a different technique. Don’t add more ammonia to the carpet.


How to Remove Dry Blood From Carpet Using Liquid Detergent

Dish soaps and similar liquid detergents are often effective ways of removing stains from carpets. Let’s take a closer look at how to remove blood stains with these detergents:
  1. Combine one tablespoon of colorless dish soap with two cups of cold water.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain using a white cloth. As with the other solutions, blot the stain, instead of scrubbing.
  3. Keep blotting until the carpet has absorbed enough of the liquid.
  4. Use a dry cloth to blot up the liquid, and the blood along with it.
  5. If the stain is still there, consider using a commercial stain remover, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as a final resort.


Using Commercial Stain Removers to Remove Blood Stains From Carpet

Many people grasp for a commercial stain removal product as soon as they see a stain on their carpet. Since these products are specifically designed for stain removal, they’re often effective. However, they’re also stronger than the natural options and can be too harsh. When using a commercial stain remover, ensure that you use just enough to get rid of the stain. It’s better to reapply the agent than to apply too much at once and damage your carpet. Although each product has its own instructions, most follow a similar series of events. Here’s how you’d use a typical carpet stain remover:
  1. Use cool water and a sponge or cloth to remove as much of the blood as possible.
  2. Dry the area with a fresh cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of stain remover. If you buy a spray-on type, just give the carpet two or three sprays. If you buy a powdered form, dissolve the powder in the recommended amount of water before saturating the stained area.
  4. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes or so, so the stain remover can take effect.
  5. Blot the area with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the liquid (and the stain).
  6. Use a wet vacuum or a soft brush and water to rinse the area thoroughly, ensuring that no stain remover is left on the carpet.


How to Get Dried Blood out of Carpet

A dried blood stain may be harder to remove than fresh blood. However, it’s not always possible to clean up a blood stain when it happens. We’ll take a closer look at how to get dried blood out of carpet, and in which order to use different techniques if the first one doesn’t work. We suggest trying to remove dried blood stains using the following order:
  1. Use cold water to remove blood that hasn’t dried into the carpet.
  2. Blot the area with a clean dry cloth.
  3. Apply the salt paste and leave the carpet for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove salt paste and blot with cold water to remove the blood and remaining salt.
  5. Use a vinegar solution to treat the stain (a spray bottle is handy).
  6. Wait for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove blood loosened by the vinegar by blotting with a cool, wet towel.
  8. Apply a baking soda solution.
  9. Let the carpet soak for a few minutes.
  10. Dab with a clean cloth to remove blood dislodged by the solution.
  11. Use a liquid detergent solution and cool water to blot the stain and remove any remaining blood.
  12. Use a damp cloth and water, or wet vac, to extract any remaining solution.
  13. If you haven’t managed to remove all the blood at this point, consider using peroxide or a commercial stain remover.
If at any point in the process you find that you’ve removed all the blood, stop the cleaning process. Constant heavy cleaning is harsh on carpets, and you want to stop as soon as possible. When the carpet is stain-free, simply remove the remaining cleaning solution and allow the carpet to air dry.


How to Get Period Blood out of Carpet

Despite what people think, period blood is no harder to remove than any other type of blood. If you get blood on your carpet, try to remove it as quickly as possible. While the blood is fresh, you can easily use cold water or salt to remove the stain.
drop of blood on a white carpet between a woman's feet
Removing menstrual blood from carpets isn’t harder than removing any other blood stain.
If you only discover the blood later or if it’s had time to dry, then commercial stain removal products may be the easiest choice. However, any of the standard cleaning methods that we’ve mentioned in this article will also work. Here’s how to get period blood out of carpet in ascending order of severity:
  • Baking soda solution
  • Liquid detergent solution
  • Vinegar and water solution
  • Ammonia and water solution
  • Peroxide and water solution
Always try to save the most intensive solutions as a last resort.


How to Remove Blood Stains From a White Carpet

While removing blood from a white carpet is harder than with darker colors (or, blood is less visible on a darker color), it’s far from impossible.

Challenges of Removing Blood From White Carpets

White carpets have their own set of challenges, which include:
  • They easily absorb the color of any solution that you use, as well as that of the blood.
  • The color of blood is far more noticeable if it seeps into the surrounding carpet fibers while you’re cleaning.
  • Contrary to popular belief, white carpets are easier to stain with bleaches and bases. Rather than making them whiter, these substances often turn white carpets yellow.

Tips For Removing Stains From Your White Carpet

Some tips that may help you keep your white carpet in shape include:
  • Avoid using strong bases or acids like vinegar, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use natural, colorless cleaning solutions like salt and baking soda as a first option.
  • If you need to use a stronger cleaning solution, always do a spot test in an area that’s out of sight to see how it will affect your carpet.
  • If you get blood on your carpet, completely remove the fresh blood when it happens. Using cold water on a fresh stain is a lot less likely to stain the carpet permanently.
  • Never scrub, rub, or clean the stain with a sideways motion. Doing so places extra strain on the carpet fiber, and may spread the stain into the surrounding carpet fibers. Only dab the stain with an up-and-down motion.
  • NEVER use warm water, as it will spread the stain into the carpet’s fibers.

Removing Fresh Blood From a White Carpet

Here’s how to get blood out of white carpet:
  1. Use cold water and a cloth to dab at the stain and remove as much blood as you can. Keep folding the cloth to use clean parts of the material.
  2. Use a dry paper towel or cloth to blot the area and remove excess moisture.
  3. If any blood remains, apply a thin paste of salt and cold water to the stain and its surroundings.
  4. Leave the paste for five to ten minutes to absorb as much of the blood as possible.
  5. After this time, remove what remains of the salt mixture and use a damp cloth to blot this area.
This series of actions should remove fresh blood from your carpet completely. If it doesn’t, I recommend using a commercial stain remover.

Removing Dried Blood From a White Carpet

Removing dried blood from a white carpet is harder, but you still can. Here’s how:
  1. Use a wet cloth to apply cold water to the stain. Blot at it repeatedly and see how much of the blood comes out.
  2. Dry the carpet with a dry rag or towel (still blotting).
  3. Apply a salt mixture to the stain, and allow it to rest for several minutes.
  4. Remove the saltwater paste and dab with a clean rag to remove excess salt.
  5. Use a liquid detergent solution (colorless and odorless detergent) to dab at the stain and see how much of it you can remove.
  6. Dry the carpet with a clean rag.
If the carpet is still stained, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. They have a lot of experience with cleaning stains and are less likely to damage your white carpet.


When Home Cleaning Solutions Fail

Sometimes once a blood stain is set into the carpet, no amount of careful cleaning with home solutions will solve the problem. A store-bought stain removal product is one solution, but even that can fail. For some problems, the best option is to hire a professional. Almost every city has at least one professional carpet cleaning company, and you might need to employ one of them. Some cases that might call for hiring professionals include:
  • When none of your homemade cleaning solutions work to remove the stain.
  • When you have an expensive carpet with specific cleaning requirements. White carpets, Berber and high-pile carpets, and other specialty products are best left to the professionals.
  • When your carpet is still new. Many carpet guarantees fall away if you use home cleaning solutions to clean your carpet. Always read the conditions of your guarantee or warranty carefully.
Of course, I’d recommend cleaning the carpet yourself when possible. It’s cheaper, usually faster, and much more satisfying. However, for your carpet’s sake, you also need to admit when you’re in over your head. I hope that you found this article about removing blood from carpets valuable. Don’t forget to check out our article about removing wax from carpet for more carpet-cleaning tips. What’s your favorite way to remove stains from carpets? Let us know in the comments.
Closeup of a bowl of peroxide
Peroxide is often used to bleach hair, an indication of the effect it can have on some carpets.
Hydrogen peroxide is strong enough to bleach the color from dark carpets.So it’s not a good option in those cases. I recommend using peroxide as a last resort only if the less hazardous techniques have failed. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with peroxide:
  1. Find a spot on your carpet that’s out of sight, and where people won’t see any stains (like inside a built-in cupboard).
  2. Apply a small amount of peroxide to see if it bleaches your carpet. If the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t “burn” your carpet or change its color, it’s safe to use.
  3. Apply some hydrogen peroxide to a cool, wet cloth, then blot the stain.
  4. As with the cold water, keep blotting the stain using clean parts of the cloth.
  5. Beware of applying too much hydrogen peroxide to the carpet. Even if the spot test went well, large amounts of peroxide may have negative effects.
  6. Keep blotting the blood stain until you’ve removed it all. In some cases, the hydrogen peroxide will only remove a part of the stain.
  7. Whether you’ve removed the blood stain entirely, or only in part, blot the area with a clean wet cloth to remove any remaining peroxide.
  8. If you remove most, but not all, of the blood stain, follow up with a commercial stain remover or another technique.


How to Remove a Blood Stain with Baking Soda

Baking soda is an alkaline substance that works well for many cleaning purposes.
A bottle of vinegar and container of baking soda against a white background
A combination of baking soda and vinegar works well for cleaning many things naturally.
From cleaning ovens to removing blood stains, baking soda is an ideal natural option. Here’s how to use baking soda to remove blood stains:
  1. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda, two cups of water, and two cups of vinegar. Blend the two liquids before adding the baking soda, or the baking soda and vinegar will react to one another.
  2. Apply the blend to the blood stain, covering all parts of the stain, and slightly more of the carpet. You can use a spray bottle for easy application.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a clean cloth to dab at the carpet till the fibers are dry.
  5. If you’ve removed the entire blood stain, your work is done. Otherwise, repeat the process.
  6. If part of the blood stain persists even after repeating the process, consider using one of the other techniques or a commercial cleaner.


How to Get Blood Stains out of Carpet With Vinegar

Thanks to its high acidity and antibacterial properties, vinegar helps to remove a blood stain while also disinfecting that area of the carpet. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with vinegar:
  1. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water.
  2. Apply the solution to the area around the blood stain. You can use a spray bottle to make it easier for you.
  3. Allow the carpet to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3.
  5. Blot the carpet with a dry towel or clean cloth to remove the liquids.
  6. Evaluate the carpet and decide how much of the blood stain came out. If there’s still blood on the carpet, follow up with a stronger technique—such as ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.


How to Remove Blood From a Carpet Using Ammonia Solution

As with baking soda, ammonia is an extremely alkaline element.
Powdered ammonia on a wooden table
Ammonia comes in both chemical and powdered form.
Chemicals with either a high pH or a low pH, often make good cleaning solutions because they interact with the protein chains in stains. Here’s how to use ammonia to remove a blood stain from your carpet:
  1. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia into four ounces of warm water.
  2. Use a white cloth to blot the stain with the water and ammonia solution. You can also use a spray bottle to apply the solution.
  3. Using a clean cloth, dab at the area to remove the extra liquid.
As with any substance that has an extremely high or low pH, ammonia may have a bleaching effect. If the first attempt doesn’t remove the blood stain, move on to a different technique. Don’t add more ammonia to the carpet.


How to Remove Dry Blood From Carpet Using Liquid Detergent

Dish soaps and similar liquid detergents are often effective ways of removing stains from carpets. Let’s take a closer look at how to remove blood stains with these detergents:
  1. Combine one tablespoon of colorless dish soap with two cups of cold water.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain using a white cloth. As with the other solutions, blot the stain, instead of scrubbing.
  3. Keep blotting until the carpet has absorbed enough of the liquid.
  4. Use a dry cloth to blot up the liquid, and the blood along with it.
  5. If the stain is still there, consider using a commercial stain remover, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as a final resort.


Using Commercial Stain Removers to Remove Blood Stains From Carpet

Many people grasp for a commercial stain removal product as soon as they see a stain on their carpet. Since these products are specifically designed for stain removal, they’re often effective. However, they’re also stronger than the natural options and can be too harsh. When using a commercial stain remover, ensure that you use just enough to get rid of the stain. It’s better to reapply the agent than to apply too much at once and damage your carpet. Although each product has its own instructions, most follow a similar series of events. Here’s how you’d use a typical carpet stain remover:
  1. Use cool water and a sponge or cloth to remove as much of the blood as possible.
  2. Dry the area with a fresh cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of stain remover. If you buy a spray-on type, just give the carpet two or three sprays. If you buy a powdered form, dissolve the powder in the recommended amount of water before saturating the stained area.
  4. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes or so, so the stain remover can take effect.
  5. Blot the area with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the liquid (and the stain).
  6. Use a wet vacuum or a soft brush and water to rinse the area thoroughly, ensuring that no stain remover is left on the carpet.


How to Get Dried Blood out of Carpet

A dried blood stain may be harder to remove than fresh blood. However, it’s not always possible to clean up a blood stain when it happens. We’ll take a closer look at how to get dried blood out of carpet, and in which order to use different techniques if the first one doesn’t work. We suggest trying to remove dried blood stains using the following order:
  1. Use cold water to remove blood that hasn’t dried into the carpet.
  2. Blot the area with a clean dry cloth.
  3. Apply the salt paste and leave the carpet for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove salt paste and blot with cold water to remove the blood and remaining salt.
  5. Use a vinegar solution to treat the stain (a spray bottle is handy).
  6. Wait for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove blood loosened by the vinegar by blotting with a cool, wet towel.
  8. Apply a baking soda solution.
  9. Let the carpet soak for a few minutes.
  10. Dab with a clean cloth to remove blood dislodged by the solution.
  11. Use a liquid detergent solution and cool water to blot the stain and remove any remaining blood.
  12. Use a damp cloth and water, or wet vac, to extract any remaining solution.
  13. If you haven’t managed to remove all the blood at this point, consider using peroxide or a commercial stain remover.
If at any point in the process you find that you’ve removed all the blood, stop the cleaning process. Constant heavy cleaning is harsh on carpets, and you want to stop as soon as possible. When the carpet is stain-free, simply remove the remaining cleaning solution and allow the carpet to air dry.


How to Get Period Blood out of Carpet

Despite what people think, period blood is no harder to remove than any other type of blood. If you get blood on your carpet, try to remove it as quickly as possible. While the blood is fresh, you can easily use cold water or salt to remove the stain.
drop of blood on a white carpet between a woman's feet
Removing menstrual blood from carpets isn’t harder than removing any other blood stain.
If you only discover the blood later or if it’s had time to dry, then commercial stain removal products may be the easiest choice. However, any of the standard cleaning methods that we’ve mentioned in this article will also work. Here’s how to get period blood out of carpet in ascending order of severity:
  • Baking soda solution
  • Liquid detergent solution
  • Vinegar and water solution
  • Ammonia and water solution
  • Peroxide and water solution
Always try to save the most intensive solutions as a last resort.


How to Remove Blood Stains From a White Carpet

While removing blood from a white carpet is harder than with darker colors (or, blood is less visible on a darker color), it’s far from impossible.

Challenges of Removing Blood From White Carpets

White carpets have their own set of challenges, which include:
  • They easily absorb the color of any solution that you use, as well as that of the blood.
  • The color of blood is far more noticeable if it seeps into the surrounding carpet fibers while you’re cleaning.
  • Contrary to popular belief, white carpets are easier to stain with bleaches and bases. Rather than making them whiter, these substances often turn white carpets yellow.

Tips For Removing Stains From Your White Carpet

Some tips that may help you keep your white carpet in shape include:
  • Avoid using strong bases or acids like vinegar, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use natural, colorless cleaning solutions like salt and baking soda as a first option.
  • If you need to use a stronger cleaning solution, always do a spot test in an area that’s out of sight to see how it will affect your carpet.
  • If you get blood on your carpet, completely remove the fresh blood when it happens. Using cold water on a fresh stain is a lot less likely to stain the carpet permanently.
  • Never scrub, rub, or clean the stain with a sideways motion. Doing so places extra strain on the carpet fiber, and may spread the stain into the surrounding carpet fibers. Only dab the stain with an up-and-down motion.
  • NEVER use warm water, as it will spread the stain into the carpet’s fibers.

Removing Fresh Blood From a White Carpet

Here’s how to get blood out of white carpet:
  1. Use cold water and a cloth to dab at the stain and remove as much blood as you can. Keep folding the cloth to use clean parts of the material.
  2. Use a dry paper towel or cloth to blot the area and remove excess moisture.
  3. If any blood remains, apply a thin paste of salt and cold water to the stain and its surroundings.
  4. Leave the paste for five to ten minutes to absorb as much of the blood as possible.
  5. After this time, remove what remains of the salt mixture and use a damp cloth to blot this area.
This series of actions should remove fresh blood from your carpet completely. If it doesn’t, I recommend using a commercial stain remover.

Removing Dried Blood From a White Carpet

Removing dried blood from a white carpet is harder, but you still can. Here’s how:
  1. Use a wet cloth to apply cold water to the stain. Blot at it repeatedly and see how much of the blood comes out.
  2. Dry the carpet with a dry rag or towel (still blotting).
  3. Apply a salt mixture to the stain, and allow it to rest for several minutes.
  4. Remove the saltwater paste and dab with a clean rag to remove excess salt.
  5. Use a liquid detergent solution (colorless and odorless detergent) to dab at the stain and see how much of it you can remove.
  6. Dry the carpet with a clean rag.
If the carpet is still stained, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. They have a lot of experience with cleaning stains and are less likely to damage your white carpet.


When Home Cleaning Solutions Fail

Sometimes once a blood stain is set into the carpet, no amount of careful cleaning with home solutions will solve the problem. A store-bought stain removal product is one solution, but even that can fail. For some problems, the best option is to hire a professional. Almost every city has at least one professional carpet cleaning company, and you might need to employ one of them. Some cases that might call for hiring professionals include:
  • When none of your homemade cleaning solutions work to remove the stain.
  • When you have an expensive carpet with specific cleaning requirements. White carpets, Berber and high-pile carpets, and other specialty products are best left to the professionals.
  • When your carpet is still new. Many carpet guarantees fall away if you use home cleaning solutions to clean your carpet. Always read the conditions of your guarantee or warranty carefully.
Of course, I’d recommend cleaning the carpet yourself when possible. It’s cheaper, usually faster, and much more satisfying. However, for your carpet’s sake, you also need to admit when you’re in over your head. I hope that you found this article about removing blood from carpets valuable. Don’t forget to check out our article about removing wax from carpet for more carpet-cleaning tips. What’s your favorite way to remove stains from carpets? Let us know in the comments.
how to get blood out of carpet; closeup of a salt shaker next to spilled salt on a table
Salt is a valuable cleaning agent and you can use fine salt to remove a blood stain.
If the blood stain is fresh, use this technique instead of cold water, or directly after using that technique. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with salt:
  1. Mix cold water into a bowl of salt. Fine salt is easier to use since dissolves easier. Coarse salt will leave you with a mixture that’s hard to apply.
  2. Stir thoroughly, and keep adding salt till you have a thick salt paste.
  3. Use a spatula, butter knife, trowel, or another flat tool to spread the salt paste over the entire area where the fresh blood spilled. Cover slightly more area than the stain itself to help remove any blood that’s seeped into the surrounding carpet fibers.
  4. Leave the paste on the stain for between 5-10 minutes. As we mentioned, salt is highly absorbent, and the paste will draw most (if not all) of the blood from the carpet.
  5. Clean the tool that you used to apply the salt paste to the carpet, and use it to remove the remaining salt paste from the carpet.
  6. Evaluate the blood stain. Removing blood stains can be a lengthy process. If there’s still blood on the carpet, use a cold wet cloth to dab at the stain.
  7. Reapply some salt paste.
  8. Wait for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Remove the salt paste.
  10. Once you’ve successfully removed the blood stain, use a vacuum to remove the final remnants of the salt.
  11. If there’s still blood on the carpet, follow up with another removal technique or a commercial carpet cleaning solution.


How to Get Blood out of Carpet With Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a type of bleach that can be useful for removing dried blood stains from light-colored carpets.
Closeup of a bowl of peroxide
Peroxide is often used to bleach hair, an indication of the effect it can have on some carpets.
Hydrogen peroxide is strong enough to bleach the color from dark carpets.So it’s not a good option in those cases. I recommend using peroxide as a last resort only if the less hazardous techniques have failed. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with peroxide:
  1. Find a spot on your carpet that’s out of sight, and where people won’t see any stains (like inside a built-in cupboard).
  2. Apply a small amount of peroxide to see if it bleaches your carpet. If the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t “burn” your carpet or change its color, it’s safe to use.
  3. Apply some hydrogen peroxide to a cool, wet cloth, then blot the stain.
  4. As with the cold water, keep blotting the stain using clean parts of the cloth.
  5. Beware of applying too much hydrogen peroxide to the carpet. Even if the spot test went well, large amounts of peroxide may have negative effects.
  6. Keep blotting the blood stain until you’ve removed it all. In some cases, the hydrogen peroxide will only remove a part of the stain.
  7. Whether you’ve removed the blood stain entirely, or only in part, blot the area with a clean wet cloth to remove any remaining peroxide.
  8. If you remove most, but not all, of the blood stain, follow up with a commercial stain remover or another technique.


How to Remove a Blood Stain with Baking Soda

Baking soda is an alkaline substance that works well for many cleaning purposes.
A bottle of vinegar and container of baking soda against a white background
A combination of baking soda and vinegar works well for cleaning many things naturally.
From cleaning ovens to removing blood stains, baking soda is an ideal natural option. Here’s how to use baking soda to remove blood stains:
  1. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda, two cups of water, and two cups of vinegar. Blend the two liquids before adding the baking soda, or the baking soda and vinegar will react to one another.
  2. Apply the blend to the blood stain, covering all parts of the stain, and slightly more of the carpet. You can use a spray bottle for easy application.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a clean cloth to dab at the carpet till the fibers are dry.
  5. If you’ve removed the entire blood stain, your work is done. Otherwise, repeat the process.
  6. If part of the blood stain persists even after repeating the process, consider using one of the other techniques or a commercial cleaner.


How to Get Blood Stains out of Carpet With Vinegar

Thanks to its high acidity and antibacterial properties, vinegar helps to remove a blood stain while also disinfecting that area of the carpet. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with vinegar:
  1. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water.
  2. Apply the solution to the area around the blood stain. You can use a spray bottle to make it easier for you.
  3. Allow the carpet to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3.
  5. Blot the carpet with a dry towel or clean cloth to remove the liquids.
  6. Evaluate the carpet and decide how much of the blood stain came out. If there’s still blood on the carpet, follow up with a stronger technique—such as ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.


How to Remove Blood From a Carpet Using Ammonia Solution

As with baking soda, ammonia is an extremely alkaline element.
Powdered ammonia on a wooden table
Ammonia comes in both chemical and powdered form.
Chemicals with either a high pH or a low pH, often make good cleaning solutions because they interact with the protein chains in stains. Here’s how to use ammonia to remove a blood stain from your carpet:
  1. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia into four ounces of warm water.
  2. Use a white cloth to blot the stain with the water and ammonia solution. You can also use a spray bottle to apply the solution.
  3. Using a clean cloth, dab at the area to remove the extra liquid.
As with any substance that has an extremely high or low pH, ammonia may have a bleaching effect. If the first attempt doesn’t remove the blood stain, move on to a different technique. Don’t add more ammonia to the carpet.


How to Remove Dry Blood From Carpet Using Liquid Detergent

Dish soaps and similar liquid detergents are often effective ways of removing stains from carpets. Let’s take a closer look at how to remove blood stains with these detergents:
  1. Combine one tablespoon of colorless dish soap with two cups of cold water.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain using a white cloth. As with the other solutions, blot the stain, instead of scrubbing.
  3. Keep blotting until the carpet has absorbed enough of the liquid.
  4. Use a dry cloth to blot up the liquid, and the blood along with it.
  5. If the stain is still there, consider using a commercial stain remover, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as a final resort.


Using Commercial Stain Removers to Remove Blood Stains From Carpet

Many people grasp for a commercial stain removal product as soon as they see a stain on their carpet. Since these products are specifically designed for stain removal, they’re often effective. However, they’re also stronger than the natural options and can be too harsh. When using a commercial stain remover, ensure that you use just enough to get rid of the stain. It’s better to reapply the agent than to apply too much at once and damage your carpet. Although each product has its own instructions, most follow a similar series of events. Here’s how you’d use a typical carpet stain remover:
  1. Use cool water and a sponge or cloth to remove as much of the blood as possible.
  2. Dry the area with a fresh cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of stain remover. If you buy a spray-on type, just give the carpet two or three sprays. If you buy a powdered form, dissolve the powder in the recommended amount of water before saturating the stained area.
  4. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes or so, so the stain remover can take effect.
  5. Blot the area with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the liquid (and the stain).
  6. Use a wet vacuum or a soft brush and water to rinse the area thoroughly, ensuring that no stain remover is left on the carpet.


How to Get Dried Blood out of Carpet

A dried blood stain may be harder to remove than fresh blood. However, it’s not always possible to clean up a blood stain when it happens. We’ll take a closer look at how to get dried blood out of carpet, and in which order to use different techniques if the first one doesn’t work. We suggest trying to remove dried blood stains using the following order:
  1. Use cold water to remove blood that hasn’t dried into the carpet.
  2. Blot the area with a clean dry cloth.
  3. Apply the salt paste and leave the carpet for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove salt paste and blot with cold water to remove the blood and remaining salt.
  5. Use a vinegar solution to treat the stain (a spray bottle is handy).
  6. Wait for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove blood loosened by the vinegar by blotting with a cool, wet towel.
  8. Apply a baking soda solution.
  9. Let the carpet soak for a few minutes.
  10. Dab with a clean cloth to remove blood dislodged by the solution.
  11. Use a liquid detergent solution and cool water to blot the stain and remove any remaining blood.
  12. Use a damp cloth and water, or wet vac, to extract any remaining solution.
  13. If you haven’t managed to remove all the blood at this point, consider using peroxide or a commercial stain remover.
If at any point in the process you find that you’ve removed all the blood, stop the cleaning process. Constant heavy cleaning is harsh on carpets, and you want to stop as soon as possible. When the carpet is stain-free, simply remove the remaining cleaning solution and allow the carpet to air dry.


How to Get Period Blood out of Carpet

Despite what people think, period blood is no harder to remove than any other type of blood. If you get blood on your carpet, try to remove it as quickly as possible. While the blood is fresh, you can easily use cold water or salt to remove the stain.
drop of blood on a white carpet between a woman's feet
Removing menstrual blood from carpets isn’t harder than removing any other blood stain.
If you only discover the blood later or if it’s had time to dry, then commercial stain removal products may be the easiest choice. However, any of the standard cleaning methods that we’ve mentioned in this article will also work. Here’s how to get period blood out of carpet in ascending order of severity:
  • Baking soda solution
  • Liquid detergent solution
  • Vinegar and water solution
  • Ammonia and water solution
  • Peroxide and water solution
Always try to save the most intensive solutions as a last resort.


How to Remove Blood Stains From a White Carpet

While removing blood from a white carpet is harder than with darker colors (or, blood is less visible on a darker color), it’s far from impossible.

Challenges of Removing Blood From White Carpets

White carpets have their own set of challenges, which include:
  • They easily absorb the color of any solution that you use, as well as that of the blood.
  • The color of blood is far more noticeable if it seeps into the surrounding carpet fibers while you’re cleaning.
  • Contrary to popular belief, white carpets are easier to stain with bleaches and bases. Rather than making them whiter, these substances often turn white carpets yellow.

Tips For Removing Stains From Your White Carpet

Some tips that may help you keep your white carpet in shape include:
  • Avoid using strong bases or acids like vinegar, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use natural, colorless cleaning solutions like salt and baking soda as a first option.
  • If you need to use a stronger cleaning solution, always do a spot test in an area that’s out of sight to see how it will affect your carpet.
  • If you get blood on your carpet, completely remove the fresh blood when it happens. Using cold water on a fresh stain is a lot less likely to stain the carpet permanently.
  • Never scrub, rub, or clean the stain with a sideways motion. Doing so places extra strain on the carpet fiber, and may spread the stain into the surrounding carpet fibers. Only dab the stain with an up-and-down motion.
  • NEVER use warm water, as it will spread the stain into the carpet’s fibers.

Removing Fresh Blood From a White Carpet

Here’s how to get blood out of white carpet:
  1. Use cold water and a cloth to dab at the stain and remove as much blood as you can. Keep folding the cloth to use clean parts of the material.
  2. Use a dry paper towel or cloth to blot the area and remove excess moisture.
  3. If any blood remains, apply a thin paste of salt and cold water to the stain and its surroundings.
  4. Leave the paste for five to ten minutes to absorb as much of the blood as possible.
  5. After this time, remove what remains of the salt mixture and use a damp cloth to blot this area.
This series of actions should remove fresh blood from your carpet completely. If it doesn’t, I recommend using a commercial stain remover.

Removing Dried Blood From a White Carpet

Removing dried blood from a white carpet is harder, but you still can. Here’s how:
  1. Use a wet cloth to apply cold water to the stain. Blot at it repeatedly and see how much of the blood comes out.
  2. Dry the carpet with a dry rag or towel (still blotting).
  3. Apply a salt mixture to the stain, and allow it to rest for several minutes.
  4. Remove the saltwater paste and dab with a clean rag to remove excess salt.
  5. Use a liquid detergent solution (colorless and odorless detergent) to dab at the stain and see how much of it you can remove.
  6. Dry the carpet with a clean rag.
If the carpet is still stained, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. They have a lot of experience with cleaning stains and are less likely to damage your white carpet.


When Home Cleaning Solutions Fail

Sometimes once a blood stain is set into the carpet, no amount of careful cleaning with home solutions will solve the problem. A store-bought stain removal product is one solution, but even that can fail. For some problems, the best option is to hire a professional. Almost every city has at least one professional carpet cleaning company, and you might need to employ one of them. Some cases that might call for hiring professionals include:
  • When none of your homemade cleaning solutions work to remove the stain.
  • When you have an expensive carpet with specific cleaning requirements. White carpets, Berber and high-pile carpets, and other specialty products are best left to the professionals.
  • When your carpet is still new. Many carpet guarantees fall away if you use home cleaning solutions to clean your carpet. Always read the conditions of your guarantee or warranty carefully.
Of course, I’d recommend cleaning the carpet yourself when possible. It’s cheaper, usually faster, and much more satisfying. However, for your carpet’s sake, you also need to admit when you’re in over your head. I hope that you found this article about removing blood from carpets valuable. Don’t forget to check out our article about removing wax from carpet for more carpet-cleaning tips. What’s your favorite way to remove stains from carpets? Let us know in the comments.

How to Get Blood out of Carpet: 8 Methods Explained Step-by-Step

Once you know how to get blood out of carpet, blood stains aren’t as distressing. There are many different tools you can use to remove blood stains. They include:
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Cold water
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Commercial stain remover
I’ll take a closer look at how and when to use each of these tools to remove blood stains.

How to Get Blood Stains out of Carpet With Cold Water

Contrary to conventional wisdom, using warm water isn’t the best approach for removing all stains. When removing blood stains cold water is the best option. When you’re dealing with fresh blood, you can use cold water in the following way:
  • Dip a white cloth in cold water and dab at the stain.
  • Never rub or scrub at the stain, but keep blotting with an up-and-down motion. If you move sideways or scrub, you can work the blood into the carpet fibers.
  • After you have removed some of the blood, rinse the cloth in the cold water.
  • Continue to blot the stain, using clean parts of the cloth, until no blood is coming off the carpet.
  • Use a clean, dry cloth to blot the area. It will remove the excess moisture, and may remove any remaining blood.
  • If you cleaned the blood immediately, or have a stain-resistant carpet, the blood stain may be eliminated by this point. If not, consider using a commercial carpet cleaning solution.
  • Commercial stain removal solution usually comes in a spray bottle. Simply mist the affected area, then blot.
  • Use cold water to blot the stain and remove any remaining cleaning solution.
  • Use a dry towel or cloth to blot and remove the excess moisture.
  • If you don’t like using chemical stain removers consider following up on the cold water removal with one of the options mentioned below.


How to Get Blood out of Carpet With Salt

Salt is a versatile element that’s been used in natural cleaning solutions for centuries. Thanks to its composition, it’s highly absorbent and can help draw stains from carpets.
how to get blood out of carpet; closeup of a salt shaker next to spilled salt on a table
Salt is a valuable cleaning agent and you can use fine salt to remove a blood stain.
If the blood stain is fresh, use this technique instead of cold water, or directly after using that technique. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with salt:
  1. Mix cold water into a bowl of salt. Fine salt is easier to use since dissolves easier. Coarse salt will leave you with a mixture that’s hard to apply.
  2. Stir thoroughly, and keep adding salt till you have a thick salt paste.
  3. Use a spatula, butter knife, trowel, or another flat tool to spread the salt paste over the entire area where the fresh blood spilled. Cover slightly more area than the stain itself to help remove any blood that’s seeped into the surrounding carpet fibers.
  4. Leave the paste on the stain for between 5-10 minutes. As we mentioned, salt is highly absorbent, and the paste will draw most (if not all) of the blood from the carpet.
  5. Clean the tool that you used to apply the salt paste to the carpet, and use it to remove the remaining salt paste from the carpet.
  6. Evaluate the blood stain. Removing blood stains can be a lengthy process. If there’s still blood on the carpet, use a cold wet cloth to dab at the stain.
  7. Reapply some salt paste.
  8. Wait for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Remove the salt paste.
  10. Once you’ve successfully removed the blood stain, use a vacuum to remove the final remnants of the salt.
  11. If there’s still blood on the carpet, follow up with another removal technique or a commercial carpet cleaning solution.


How to Get Blood out of Carpet With Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a type of bleach that can be useful for removing dried blood stains from light-colored carpets.
Closeup of a bowl of peroxide
Peroxide is often used to bleach hair, an indication of the effect it can have on some carpets.
Hydrogen peroxide is strong enough to bleach the color from dark carpets.So it’s not a good option in those cases. I recommend using peroxide as a last resort only if the less hazardous techniques have failed. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with peroxide:
  1. Find a spot on your carpet that’s out of sight, and where people won’t see any stains (like inside a built-in cupboard).
  2. Apply a small amount of peroxide to see if it bleaches your carpet. If the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t “burn” your carpet or change its color, it’s safe to use.
  3. Apply some hydrogen peroxide to a cool, wet cloth, then blot the stain.
  4. As with the cold water, keep blotting the stain using clean parts of the cloth.
  5. Beware of applying too much hydrogen peroxide to the carpet. Even if the spot test went well, large amounts of peroxide may have negative effects.
  6. Keep blotting the blood stain until you’ve removed it all. In some cases, the hydrogen peroxide will only remove a part of the stain.
  7. Whether you’ve removed the blood stain entirely, or only in part, blot the area with a clean wet cloth to remove any remaining peroxide.
  8. If you remove most, but not all, of the blood stain, follow up with a commercial stain remover or another technique.


How to Remove a Blood Stain with Baking Soda

Baking soda is an alkaline substance that works well for many cleaning purposes.
A bottle of vinegar and container of baking soda against a white background
A combination of baking soda and vinegar works well for cleaning many things naturally.
From cleaning ovens to removing blood stains, baking soda is an ideal natural option. Here’s how to use baking soda to remove blood stains:
  1. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda, two cups of water, and two cups of vinegar. Blend the two liquids before adding the baking soda, or the baking soda and vinegar will react to one another.
  2. Apply the blend to the blood stain, covering all parts of the stain, and slightly more of the carpet. You can use a spray bottle for easy application.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a clean cloth to dab at the carpet till the fibers are dry.
  5. If you’ve removed the entire blood stain, your work is done. Otherwise, repeat the process.
  6. If part of the blood stain persists even after repeating the process, consider using one of the other techniques or a commercial cleaner.


How to Get Blood Stains out of Carpet With Vinegar

Thanks to its high acidity and antibacterial properties, vinegar helps to remove a blood stain while also disinfecting that area of the carpet. Here’s how to get blood out of carpet with vinegar:
  1. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water.
  2. Apply the solution to the area around the blood stain. You can use a spray bottle to make it easier for you.
  3. Allow the carpet to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3.
  5. Blot the carpet with a dry towel or clean cloth to remove the liquids.
  6. Evaluate the carpet and decide how much of the blood stain came out. If there’s still blood on the carpet, follow up with a stronger technique—such as ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.


How to Remove Blood From a Carpet Using Ammonia Solution

As with baking soda, ammonia is an extremely alkaline element.
Powdered ammonia on a wooden table
Ammonia comes in both chemical and powdered form.
Chemicals with either a high pH or a low pH, often make good cleaning solutions because they interact with the protein chains in stains. Here’s how to use ammonia to remove a blood stain from your carpet:
  1. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia into four ounces of warm water.
  2. Use a white cloth to blot the stain with the water and ammonia solution. You can also use a spray bottle to apply the solution.
  3. Using a clean cloth, dab at the area to remove the extra liquid.
As with any substance that has an extremely high or low pH, ammonia may have a bleaching effect. If the first attempt doesn’t remove the blood stain, move on to a different technique. Don’t add more ammonia to the carpet.


How to Remove Dry Blood From Carpet Using Liquid Detergent

Dish soaps and similar liquid detergents are often effective ways of removing stains from carpets. Let’s take a closer look at how to remove blood stains with these detergents:
  1. Combine one tablespoon of colorless dish soap with two cups of cold water.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain using a white cloth. As with the other solutions, blot the stain, instead of scrubbing.
  3. Keep blotting until the carpet has absorbed enough of the liquid.
  4. Use a dry cloth to blot up the liquid, and the blood along with it.
  5. If the stain is still there, consider using a commercial stain remover, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as a final resort.


Using Commercial Stain Removers to Remove Blood Stains From Carpet

Many people grasp for a commercial stain removal product as soon as they see a stain on their carpet. Since these products are specifically designed for stain removal, they’re often effective. However, they’re also stronger than the natural options and can be too harsh. When using a commercial stain remover, ensure that you use just enough to get rid of the stain. It’s better to reapply the agent than to apply too much at once and damage your carpet. Although each product has its own instructions, most follow a similar series of events. Here’s how you’d use a typical carpet stain remover:
  1. Use cool water and a sponge or cloth to remove as much of the blood as possible.
  2. Dry the area with a fresh cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of stain remover. If you buy a spray-on type, just give the carpet two or three sprays. If you buy a powdered form, dissolve the powder in the recommended amount of water before saturating the stained area.
  4. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes or so, so the stain remover can take effect.
  5. Blot the area with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the liquid (and the stain).
  6. Use a wet vacuum or a soft brush and water to rinse the area thoroughly, ensuring that no stain remover is left on the carpet.


How to Get Dried Blood out of Carpet

A dried blood stain may be harder to remove than fresh blood. However, it’s not always possible to clean up a blood stain when it happens. We’ll take a closer look at how to get dried blood out of carpet, and in which order to use different techniques if the first one doesn’t work. We suggest trying to remove dried blood stains using the following order:
  1. Use cold water to remove blood that hasn’t dried into the carpet.
  2. Blot the area with a clean dry cloth.
  3. Apply the salt paste and leave the carpet for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove salt paste and blot with cold water to remove the blood and remaining salt.
  5. Use a vinegar solution to treat the stain (a spray bottle is handy).
  6. Wait for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove blood loosened by the vinegar by blotting with a cool, wet towel.
  8. Apply a baking soda solution.
  9. Let the carpet soak for a few minutes.
  10. Dab with a clean cloth to remove blood dislodged by the solution.
  11. Use a liquid detergent solution and cool water to blot the stain and remove any remaining blood.
  12. Use a damp cloth and water, or wet vac, to extract any remaining solution.
  13. If you haven’t managed to remove all the blood at this point, consider using peroxide or a commercial stain remover.
If at any point in the process you find that you’ve removed all the blood, stop the cleaning process. Constant heavy cleaning is harsh on carpets, and you want to stop as soon as possible. When the carpet is stain-free, simply remove the remaining cleaning solution and allow the carpet to air dry.


How to Get Period Blood out of Carpet

Despite what people think, period blood is no harder to remove than any other type of blood. If you get blood on your carpet, try to remove it as quickly as possible. While the blood is fresh, you can easily use cold water or salt to remove the stain.
drop of blood on a white carpet between a woman's feet
Removing menstrual blood from carpets isn’t harder than removing any other blood stain.
If you only discover the blood later or if it’s had time to dry, then commercial stain removal products may be the easiest choice. However, any of the standard cleaning methods that we’ve mentioned in this article will also work. Here’s how to get period blood out of carpet in ascending order of severity:
  • Baking soda solution
  • Liquid detergent solution
  • Vinegar and water solution
  • Ammonia and water solution
  • Peroxide and water solution
Always try to save the most intensive solutions as a last resort.


How to Remove Blood Stains From a White Carpet

While removing blood from a white carpet is harder than with darker colors (or, blood is less visible on a darker color), it’s far from impossible.

Challenges of Removing Blood From White Carpets

White carpets have their own set of challenges, which include:
  • They easily absorb the color of any solution that you use, as well as that of the blood.
  • The color of blood is far more noticeable if it seeps into the surrounding carpet fibers while you’re cleaning.
  • Contrary to popular belief, white carpets are easier to stain with bleaches and bases. Rather than making them whiter, these substances often turn white carpets yellow.

Tips For Removing Stains From Your White Carpet

Some tips that may help you keep your white carpet in shape include:
  • Avoid using strong bases or acids like vinegar, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use natural, colorless cleaning solutions like salt and baking soda as a first option.
  • If you need to use a stronger cleaning solution, always do a spot test in an area that’s out of sight to see how it will affect your carpet.
  • If you get blood on your carpet, completely remove the fresh blood when it happens. Using cold water on a fresh stain is a lot less likely to stain the carpet permanently.
  • Never scrub, rub, or clean the stain with a sideways motion. Doing so places extra strain on the carpet fiber, and may spread the stain into the surrounding carpet fibers. Only dab the stain with an up-and-down motion.
  • NEVER use warm water, as it will spread the stain into the carpet’s fibers.

Removing Fresh Blood From a White Carpet

Here’s how to get blood out of white carpet:
  1. Use cold water and a cloth to dab at the stain and remove as much blood as you can. Keep folding the cloth to use clean parts of the material.
  2. Use a dry paper towel or cloth to blot the area and remove excess moisture.
  3. If any blood remains, apply a thin paste of salt and cold water to the stain and its surroundings.
  4. Leave the paste for five to ten minutes to absorb as much of the blood as possible.
  5. After this time, remove what remains of the salt mixture and use a damp cloth to blot this area.
This series of actions should remove fresh blood from your carpet completely. If it doesn’t, I recommend using a commercial stain remover.

Removing Dried Blood From a White Carpet

Removing dried blood from a white carpet is harder, but you still can. Here’s how:
  1. Use a wet cloth to apply cold water to the stain. Blot at it repeatedly and see how much of the blood comes out.
  2. Dry the carpet with a dry rag or towel (still blotting).
  3. Apply a salt mixture to the stain, and allow it to rest for several minutes.
  4. Remove the saltwater paste and dab with a clean rag to remove excess salt.
  5. Use a liquid detergent solution (colorless and odorless detergent) to dab at the stain and see how much of it you can remove.
  6. Dry the carpet with a clean rag.
If the carpet is still stained, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. They have a lot of experience with cleaning stains and are less likely to damage your white carpet.


When Home Cleaning Solutions Fail

Sometimes once a blood stain is set into the carpet, no amount of careful cleaning with home solutions will solve the problem. A store-bought stain removal product is one solution, but even that can fail. For some problems, the best option is to hire a professional. Almost every city has at least one professional carpet cleaning company, and you might need to employ one of them. Some cases that might call for hiring professionals include:
  • When none of your homemade cleaning solutions work to remove the stain.
  • When you have an expensive carpet with specific cleaning requirements. White carpets, Berber and high-pile carpets, and other specialty products are best left to the professionals.
  • When your carpet is still new. Many carpet guarantees fall away if you use home cleaning solutions to clean your carpet. Always read the conditions of your guarantee or warranty carefully.
Of course, I’d recommend cleaning the carpet yourself when possible. It’s cheaper, usually faster, and much more satisfying. However, for your carpet’s sake, you also need to admit when you’re in over your head. I hope that you found this article about removing blood from carpets valuable. Don’t forget to check out our article about removing wax from carpet for more carpet-cleaning tips. What’s your favorite way to remove stains from carpets? Let us know in the comments.

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