Maybe your dog just returned from the groomer with its nails cut too short. Or perhaps you unknowingly had a cut on your bare feet. You may have even nicked yourself while sewing. Whatever the cause, blood and carpeting aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, when it comes to carpet stains, blood is often one of the more problematic types of stains that homeowners have to troubleshoot on occasion. The good news?  Blood is not impossible to remove from carpeting yourself without having to call in a professional carpet cleaner, but quick, swift action is necessary for best results. Floor Coverings International Arch City offers a closer look at how to remove blood from carpet.

St. Louis Carpet Stain - Blood

Removing Blood Stains from Carpet

  1. As soon as you notice blood on the carpet, dampen a rag in cold water and blot it. Do your best to get as much of the blood off of the carpet as possible. The fresher it is, the better your initial results will be.
  2. If blood spots remain, mix together two cups of cold water with one tablespoon of hand soap, then sponge and blot the spots with a cloth until the stain is no longer noticeable. Note: If the blood stain has dried, use a brush before sponging/blotting to get as much of the dried blood out of the carpet fibers as possible.
  3. Repeat Step two until the stain has been completely removed, then continue blotting the spot until the area is completely dry.

For more stubborn stains, a little bit of extra oomph may be necessary. Here’s a look at how to tackle more difficult blood stains if the above three-step process failed to produce satisfactory results:

  1. Instead of cold water and dish soap, mix a tablespoon of ammonia with about a half cup of warm water.
  2. Sponge and blot the blood stain with the ammonia/warm water solution until the stain has been removed.
  3. Following stain removal, blot the spot with cold water until the spot is dry.


Some blood stains may have set too long to be able to successfully remove yourself (which is where a professional carpet cleaner and the use of a spotting kit may be necessary). But generally speaking, if you can address a blood stain soon after you discover it happened, you should be able to remove it without much of a hassle using some common household products as cleaning agents.

For more information on carpet flooring maintenance, give our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City a call at the number below. We proudly offer free in-home estimates to residents of the St. Louis, MO area.


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