Blood stains are inevitable for every household. If you have children, then your run the risk of bloody noses and knee scabs. If you have pets, than you inevitably deal with a cat or dog that brings in traces of blood, dust, and dirt.
When cleaning blood stains there is no replacement for a professional cleaning service, but there are many treatments until a permanent solution is available. Blood results in one of the most unattractive stains of all, and we know how important of an investment your carpet is. For this reason it is essential to know how to spot treat a blood stain, to minimize its damage until John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County can give it the permanent solution it deserves.
Liberally Apply Cold Water
When dealing with blood stains it is important to always use cold water. While, many stains (vomit, dirt, etc.) require the application of luke warm water, it is very important not to use this method when dealing with blood. As a first step, get rid of any blood clots that are rooted in your carpet’s fibers. Second, take a cleaning cloth and soak it in cold water. Finally, apply the cloth to the stained area. Some older stains may require that you repeat the cold water treatment.
You may find that the blood still won’t budge after the first treatment. If this is the case apply a minor amount of hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the damaged area of your carpet. Eventually the hydrogen peroxide will produce a “bubbling effect.” After this happens, allow it to sit for a few minute and soak up the moisture with a dry rag.
Use Laundry Detergent
As a last resort, spray on laundry detergent. Massage the detergent into the stain with your finger. Make sure you don’t scrub the stain with another cleaning tool (like a sponge or rag), this may worsen the stain. After applying the detergent repeat the cold water treatment until all of the detergent and stain are gone.
Even after all of these steps it is possible that the stain may still remain. Don’t be afraid to call John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County, we know the ins and outs of carpet cleaning and no stain is too stubborn for us.
Call us today for expert spot and stain removal: (360)734-3551.