Remove Blood Stains from Upholstery

Blood stains are notoriously difficult to remove from fabric. They are even more difficult to remove when you cannot put the fabric in a washing machine. Luckily, there are reliable ways of removing blood stains, whether they are fresh or have been sitting for weeks.

Blood stains in Upholstery

Remove Blood Stains from Upholstery

These easy-to-follow steps will teach you how to remove bloodstains from upholstery. Blot the blood gently with a sponge. You want to lift the stain out, so do not scrub or press hard, because this will push the blood farther down, which, in turn, makes it more difficult to remove.

Start along the edges of the stain and work your way to the center to avoid spreading it. If the blood has already dried, move on to the next step. Pour a mixture of equal parts cold water and club soda on the blood stain.

Never use hot water, because this can actually make the stain harder to remove. Continue blotting the stain with the sponge. Repeat this step until you no longer pick blood up with the sponge.

Stains that have been sitting for a long time may require a more heavy-duty cleaning agent. Mix cold water, laundry detergent and glycerin together. Water should make up 80 percent of the mix, and the amount of detergent and glycerin should be equal.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake vigorously to ensure it is mixed well. Spray two to three sprays on the stain, and scrub with a sponge in a circular motion.

Once the blood stain is removed, pour cold water on the previously stained spot to remove the sprayed mixture. You can store the mixture for later use.

Remove Stubborn Blood Stains

Removing fresh blood stains from clothing, carpet, and upholstery is fairly simple, but removing dried blood is a bit harder. Be patient and repeat the steps if necessary.

Always check the care labels on clothing and upholstery before treating and test for colorfastness by applying your stain removers on an inconspicuous spot. Rinse the clothing under cold running water.

Never soak blood in hot water as it cooks the protein in blood, causing it to adhere to the fabric fibers. Rub the stain with your fingers. Apply 1/8 cup of heavy duty liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain.

Rub the fabric together to push the detergent into the fibers. Fill a sink or bucket with cold water. Add 1/2 cup oxygenated stain remover, which contains hydrogen peroxide.

Soak your clothing for 30 minutes to one hour. If the clothing is white, add 1/4 cup chlorine bleach instead of oxygenated stain remover, but soak for only fifteen minutes.

Remove the item, wring it out, and wash in a regular wash, using warm water. Repeat this process if necessary. Blot up as much of the blood as you can with a clean, white cloth only if the stubborn blood stain is fresh.

Mix 1/4 tablespoon. gentle dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of cool water. Apply the soap mixture to upholstery that has the care label W and synthetic or wool carpet.

Blot up the soap mixture by pressing your hand on the clean cloth until all the moisture is absorbed. If the stain remains, mix 1/8 cup oxygenated stain remover with 2 cups cool water and reapply as you did in step 1. Blot up again.

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