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Cleaning Blood Off a Rug

I hope someone can help. My dog tore off one of his claws last night and bled all over the house on the carpets. I tried a Resolve type cleaner and it hasn't helped at all. He also got some blood on my sofa and cleaning it made it worse. I live in senior housing and the rugs are only a year old. Any suggestions?


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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

If the blood has dried on your carpet you will need to brush the blood stain with a steel brush. This will loosen the stain and remove the surface deposit.

Afterwards, mix one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of cold water. Use a clean white cloth and dip it in your mixture. Afterwards, blot the stain on your rug. You will need to blot the stain repeatedly to remove the stain.

A second way to remove the blood stain if this doesnt work is to mix half a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of ammonia. Use a sponge or clean cloth to dip into your liquid and apply directly on the blood stain. Afterwards, blot the stain until the liquid is absorbed. Then dip a sponge in cold and apply it directly on the stain. Afterwards, blot dry.

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August 7, 20171 found this helpful

Mix 1/2 a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of ammonia. Using a cloth or sponge, apply the ammonia solution directly onto the blood stain. Blot the stain until the liquid is fully absorbed.

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August 7, 20171 found this helpful

Try hydrogen peroxide on an inconspicuous spot first. It is good for removing blood.

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August 8, 20171 found this helpful

Resolve stain remover has some solutions for carpets that work well. Oxiclean and hydrogen peroxide also works very well to remove blood stains. These you will have to test in an inconspicuous area because they may bleach certain fabrics. They also will need some diluting and a soft cloth to blot with. I have used both of these with success following directions, but it may depend on the carpet itself whether you can use them.

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August 9, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks to all for taking the time to answer. My rug looks better, but not back to normal yet.

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

Hopefully you have restored your rug and sofa to their original state but for future reference you may wish to keep a link of suggestions in your favorites.
One most important point is to NEVER rub - only blot a carpet or furniture stain as rubbing it will spread the stain. With a large stain always work from the outside to the middle so not to spread the stain. And - always - test an inconspicuous area before trying any solution - even water.
Most cleaning sites will state to start with plain water and remove as much blood as possible. Use a clean white cloth (terrycloth is best) and keep blotting with water until no trace of blood is seen on the cloth. If that does not work then go to the next mildest step/method.


One important step that so many people do not mention is to remove as much liquid/moisture from your carpet as possible before going to the next step/method. This can be done using clean towels/cloths and putting heavy weight on the towel over the spot. Standing on the towel usually works and keep turning the towel until most moisture is gone.

Be careful with some suggestions especially if you do not know what material your carpet is made of as some solutions can do damage quickly. Be careful with salt (has to vacuumed soon as not to cut carpet later), hydrogen peroxide and ammonia can remove color/fade (make carpet lighter in spots).

Here are some links that have different suggestions but sometimes one solution will work better for different carpets. … ains-from-Carpet


http://www.good … ve-blood-stains/

http://spotremo … od-out-of-carpet

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