Stains can be stressful. It takes patience and a little bit of science to get the best results. Blood stains can be especially difficult to remove because of the hemoglobin in the blood, which adheres with the fibers in your carpet when it hits the air and binds. As with any stain removal technique, you will want to try a test application on a small, inconspicuous spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet. The most effective way to remove a blood stain from your carpet is by using a microbial chemical cleaner.
If you happen to be at a pets mart look for the cleaning section, you will see a product called “Natures Miracle”, a microbial cleaner and the most common cleaning chemical known to a pet owner. When massive oil spills happen in the Gulf region, microbes are used. Microbial’s are simply a bacteria that eats other bacteria. When you use a microbial, or “Natures Miracle”, pour the chemical on the stain and lay plastic or saran wrap over the stain. Microbes are a live bacteria that only works when it stays wet, therefore the longer it is wet, the better. Once it dries the chemical will not work.
“That’s easy!” you might say. Sure, but like a horror movie blood stains have a tendency to come back. If that does happen, it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last. Simply wipe the stain with a wet towel and repeat the process. If the stain still persists then spray hydrogen peroxide, let it sit and then wipe any residue left over. It’s important to remember:
Much has been said that once blood dries or sets it will be hard to remove, however that has not been my experience. If you are working with wool or silk carpets, it’s not recommended to risk even a corner. I would suggest calling a professional right away.
Your carpet fiber may feel stiff or crusty once it dries. A quick use of a vacuum or carpet brush should restore it to its original feel. Grabbing a cocktail of cleaning agents under the kitchen sink can actually set a blood stain, especially low ph or acid chemicals. It’s very important to remember that if you have wool or silk carpet, to not use this method. Those fibers are extremely reactive to these chemicals and are not worth the risk of damage. Also, if you happen to have massive blood stains it can be difficult to get out without a truck mount carpet cleaning machine, and at that point, it’s time to call a professional.
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