Blood Stain Removal

Drops of blood on a floor
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-20

If you have ever gotten a paper cut or your child has ever had a nose-bleed, you probably realize that can be difficult.

Step 1 - Try Initial Cleaning Techniques

The first rule of thumb is to treat a blood stain as soon as possible, before it has time to dry. If the blood hasn’t dried, cold water should remove the stain.

If a blood stain has dried, it will require more work to remove the stain. First, gently scrape off the excess dried blood. Then place a clean, dry cloth underneath the blood stain and blot with warm water or liquid laundry detergent. Continue to blot using a clean area of the dry cloth.

Do not rub the stain as you do not want the stain to spread or become embedded. If the blood stain is still present, do not allow the area to dry. Continue to treat with wet products until the stain is completely removed. This may require soaking the stain for a number of hours.

Step 2 - Try Household Products

Depending on the type of fabric, laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid mixed with water may remove the blood stain. Ammonia applied with a cotton swab may also remove the stain, but do not use ammonia on silk or wool. Other household products used for blood stain removal include hairspray and hydrogen peroxide.