It happens. The dog will cut their foot and run across the carpet or you might have a little mishap with a pairing knife. No matter how it happened, you now have blood on your carpet and you want it out. Be careful, because how you treat this spot now will determine whether you will be able to get it out or whether you will have a permanent reminder of your mishap. Here are some tips to dealing with blood stains without setting them in.
Removing Blood Stains
When cleaning blood stains yourself, you should try to avoid using heat. Heat will tend to set stains if you do not know what you are doing. So, your first stem when trying to spot clean blood stains on carpet is to get a sponge or clean white towel and soak it with plain cold water. Dab the spot, working from the outside to the center to avoid spreading the stain. After dabbing the spot with cold water, dab it with a clean and dry white towel. Repeat this process until no more blood transfers to the towel.
If plain water failed to remove the stain, you can move on to a mild detergent solution. Mix a few drops of a mild dish detergent in a bowl with some cold water. Dab a plain white towel in the solution and then on the blood spot, once again working from the outside towards the center. Keep dabbing the spot until no more blood transfers to the towel. Be careful not to over wet the blood stain by alternately dabbing the spot with a dry towel. Once no more blood transfers to your towel, dab the spot a few times with some plain water to remove the soapy residue.
If the above techniques fail to remove the blood stain from your carpet, it is time to consult a professional. Your spot is not necessarily permanent but you need the skills, equipment and the specialty chemicals that a professional has access to. So, at this point, it is best to stop further efforts to spot clean the spot which could cause it to become permanent. The cost of a carpet cleaner is far cheaper than the cost of carpet replacement.