How to clean a bloodstained carpet or floor

Learn how to get blood out of carpet with these tried and tested methods. Never let bloodstained carpets and floors bother you again.

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How to clean a bloodstained carpet or floor

If someone’s had an accident in your home and has a cut or graze, cleaning your carpet or flooring will be low-down on your agenda. But, leave those bloodstains to settle and you’re going to have a tough job getting them out.

Luckily, we have a number of ways you can remove blood from carpet or floors. Here’s everything you need to know.

If you’re dealing with a dried bloodstain, first use a bristled brush to remove any hard areas before going ahead with our methods to get rid of any stains.

How to clean bloodstained floors

If blood has dripped onto hard floors rather than carpets, then the cleaning method is much easier. This is because these floors do not absorb the liquid, making it much easier to wipe up messes.

  1. Try and wipe up any blood stains while they are still wet as they’ll be easier to remove.
  2. Dab at stains using a cloth dipped in water until they are removed. Keep rinsing the cloth.
  3. Use Handy Andy cleaners or Vim multi-purpose scourer to work on hard stains. Always follow the instructions on the label.
  4. Rinse the area by wiping it with a damp cloth. Do not leave water to stand on the surface.
  5. Wash the floor as normal, making sure to ring your mop out thoroughly to avoid making the floor to wet.
  6. Leave it to dry naturally – make sure you keep children and pets out of the room while this is happening and let other members of your family know that the floor may be slippery.

How to get blood out of carpets with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the best ways to get rid of pesky blood stains on carpet. This can be used on both old and new stains, though old, tougher stains may require more than one go.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towels

Simply pour the hydrogen peroxide onto the bloodstained area, leaving it to bubble and fizz until settles. Blot the area with paper towels and watch the stain disappear.

How to remove blood from carpet with salt 

Salt does wonders on bloodstains, breaking down the proteins and removing it from your carpet.

You’ll need:

  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cotton rag

Create a thick paste using the salt and water before applying it directly to the bloodstained area. Leave it on for as long as you can – anywhere upwards of an hour should do but for best results leave it to work overnight.

Blot at the stain and salt until the blood has been removed. Let the salt dry and and vacuum the excess.

How to remove blood stains from carpet with baking powder

This method is the same as the above – just substitute the salt for baking powder! Baking powder is also a good odour neutraliser, so it can help remove any nasty smells if sprinkled over a dry carpet and vacuumed up afterwards.

Blood stains on carpet can be a real hassle if you don’t know how to remove them. Keep our tips in mind the next time an accident happens so that you can take action before it has chance to escalate. You can also try these tips on how to remove blood stains from clothes if it’s not just your carpets and floors that are affected.

  • Place a soft rag over the blood stain to gently absorb any blood that hasn’t soaked in yet.
  • Use cold water to blot the area – never hot water as this will set the stain.
  • Repeat the cleaning process until all the stain has been removed
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