Whether it be from a bloody nose, an injury, or a cut, or even some female pet problems, sometimes blood stains can happen, and when they are on your rug it can be very frustrating trying to get these stains out. Most of the process is the same as getting out any other stains from your carpet, but the use of peroxide has been added to this process to help fight the blood stains.
The supplies you will need for this job are some clean towels or rags, white vinegar, some non-bleach laundry detergent, and some latex or rubber gloves, and a spray bottle can also be very helpful.
To start cleaning up this type of mess you will first need to wet your towel or rag with COLD water. It is important that you use COLD water on blood stains as soon as you find the stain – cold water will help release the blood and keep it from setting in. Now take your wet towel or rag and blot the affected area semi firmly, until you start to see the spot lighten. Use a clean towel or rag if yours gets to dirty, you don’t want to spread the stain by using a dirty towel. Do this blotting until most of the stain has transferred to your towel or rag.
Now you want to mix up some non bleach, liquid laundry detergent with cold water. Take about 1 tsp. of detergent and mix into about a half of cup of COLD water. Again use cold water for this process. Now take another clean towel or rag and saturate it with the mixture, and start blotting and pressing firmly against the spot again. Continue to do this firmly, along with rubbing the affected area gently (you don’t want to rub the stain into the backing of the carpet, or into the pad). After you have done this for a couple minutes, or until the spot has lightened even more than the previous process you will need to mix a vinegar solution.
Take about 1/2 cup of vinegar and put it into 2 cups COLD water, you can use more than this is you have a larger stain, but the ratio remains the same at 1 part vinegar to 4 parts COLD water). Mix this solution up and pour directly onto blood stain.
Now take another clean towel or rag and start blotting again. Blot until the stain is pretty much gone. For this process you don’t have to continue pressing until the carpet is completely dry either, and you can just as easily find something solid and heavy to stick on top of the towel to avoid this tedious process. Leave the heavy object on the towel over the stain for 6 – 8 hours. This should clear your carpet, and if it still needs some work you can start the process all over again, or you can call a professional to clean your carpet or rugs.
Some set in stains will require special attention, or a professional to take over. And, in addition, it is always good to get in touch with a rug cleaning specialist if you have a silk, antique, or any other type of expensive rug.