Food, beverage and dirt stains are commonplace on carpets and tend to be easily removed. Blood stains, however, are often a bit more vexing for homeowners and can be a bit more stubborn during the removal process.
Here are some tips to help you more effectively remove blood stains during carpet or rug cleaning in Newport, OR.
Collect your cleaning supplies
Here’s a list of cleaning tools and supplies you might find useful when removing blood stains from a carpet:
- Vacuum cleaner: A wet/dry vacuum is ideal whenever you are removing any kind of stain. But if your vacuum is only designed for dry carpet, you should refrain from vacuuming the area until your removal procedure is complete.
- Towels: You can use paper towels as an alternative, but standard clean towels are the best option for their sturdiness.
- Fluids: You’ll use clean warm water to rinse the area after cleaning. Club soda works well to break up the stain, will not leave a residue and will not damage the carpet backing. A dry cleaning solvent, citrus solvent or hydrogen peroxide solution will also work to break up the stain, as will ammonia or vinegar. Rubbing alcohol will help clean the area and make it sanitary.
Here are the steps you’ll need to follow when cleaning the stain:
- Use a spoon to scrape and scoop up excess blood, beginning at the edge of the area.
- Vacuum or blot up any remaining excess blood you cannot get with the spoon.
- Apply club soda or warm water, but not in excess. Then blot or gently stroke the carpet, and vacuum or blot up the excess.
- If the stain was not removed, you can then apply rubbing alcohol, citrus solvent or dry cleaning solvent, once again vacuuming or blotting up the excess.
- If the stain still was not removed, apply detergent water to the area and let it stand for five minutes before blotting or stroking the carpet, then rinsing with warm water and blotting up the excess.
- If the stain still was not removed, apply a hydrogen peroxide mixture and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Make sure to cover the stain with a thick towel so light does not penetrate the mixture. Rinse the carpet with warm water, and vacuum or blot up the excess.
- If the stain is still present, apply an ammonia mix to the area, then blot or gently stroke the pile. Next, apply a vinegar mixture to the stained area, and rinse with warm water. Vacuum or blot up any excess.
- Once the area is completely dry, vacuum the carpet to reset the carpet pile in the previously stained area.
If the above tips do not work for you or if you have any questions not answered here about cleaning blood stains out of your carpet, contact the experts at Paradise Carpet Cleaners Inc. for carpet cleaning in Newport, OR today. We look forward to assisting you!
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