It's expected to panic when you spill or drip something on your carpet, but with a bit of fast thinking, and quick action it doesn't have to be a disaster. We have put together some tips on how to remove blood from carpet:
Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cold water. If the stain has dried, brush it well to remove the surface deposit.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, use a mixture of 1 cup of cool water, with 1/2 teaspoon of household ammonia, and 2 drops of mild dishwashing detergent. It is always a important: Before applying any solution to your carpet, test in an inconspicuous area, such as inside a closet. If discoloration occurs, do not use. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry.
It is always good to poor on a little cool water to rinse out any cleaning solution and blot it up too. You may wish to lay 1/2 inch of paper towels or a cotton towel folded several times on the area that you treated and put a heavy weight of about 5 to 10 pounds on it overnight. This reduces the chance of any residue resurfacing later. Putting a fan on the area can also help.
If there is some color remaining, it may be necessary to call in a professional carpet cleaner, like one of our Cleaning Specialists at Victoria Carpet Care who can use more specific and more potent products to attempt removal.
Our Victoria Carpet Care Cleaning Specialists are more than happy to answer any of your carpet care questions! Call Victoria Carpet Care at 250-474-7777 for a FREE evaluation on your cleaning needs or call our FREE 24 hour Consumer Awareness Message at 1-877-474-7577
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