How to Clean Blood Stains from Upholstery

Our upholstered furniture is one of the greater pride and joys in our life. On this hard path through our existence, there are few achievements that are actually long-lasting. Although it might sound silly, decorating and creating your home is one of the most soul-nurturing things we can do. However, fabric-covered furniture has a large range of enemies that line up to try and ruin its beautiful appearance. One of those staining foes is blood. Blood can be hard to get out of upholstered furniture, especially if it has dried out. That is why we have put this guide together to explain how to clean blood stains from upholstery.

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Different Upholstery Materials

Before we tell you how to clean blood stains from upholstery, it is a good idea to get acquainted with the different types of fabric that furniture is upholstered with. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it is wise to be informed before you attempt DIY cleaning. There are many, so we will list the most popular textiles in the UK.

  • Wool – not very stain-resistant, complicated cleaning process;
  • Cotton – not very resistant to fading, tricky cleaning process;
  • Nylon – long-lasting, easy to clean, high-abrasion resistance;
  • Polyester – long-lasting, easy to clean;
  • Acrylic – long-lasting, easy to clean;
  • Olefin – long-lasting, easy to clean;
  • Rayon – not very long-lasting, low-moisture cleaning.

Knowing the key traits of these fabrics will let you know whether or not to stray from certain cleaning instructions and make your own adjustments to the cleaning process. We also recommend that you check the labels for upholstery cleaning instructions, you don’t want to end up damaging your upholstery. Now, without further ado, here are our instructions on how to clean blood stains from upholstery.

How to Clean Blood Stains from Upholstery

Cleaning blood stains, no matter whether you are cleaning upholstery or not, can hold hygiene risks. There are 2 very important things we would like to note before you start the cleaning process:

  1. Always wear PPE gloves when cleaning blood. Viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Brucellosis, and many more are transmitted through blood. These viruses can last up to 7 days in blood stains, so, approach with caution.
  2. Never clean blood with hot water. Blood is a protein stain and hot water will make it set in the fabric, thus making it impossible to remove it.

How to clean blood stains from upholstery:

  1. Use a toothbrush to loosen the blood from your fabric if the blood stain has dried.
  2. If the covers are removable from your upholstered furniture, do so.
  3. Rinse the covers multiple times, flushing out as much of the blood as possible.
  4. If not, get an absorbent cloth or sponge and wet it.
  5. Dab at the area and lift as much of the stain as you can. Rinse the sponge or cloth as you go along so as to avoid spreading the stain.
  6. Get a cup of cold water and mix it with a bit of soda water.
  7. Pour this mixture onto the area and use a clean sponge to carry on blotting the stain.
  8. Repeat step 7 a few times. When you see the water that is being rinsed out of the sponge is no longer blood-tinted, that’s when you can stop with step 7.
  9. Mix 8 parts water with 1 part glycerine and 1 part laundry detergent (choose based on the best detergent that suits your upholstery type), and add a drop of fairy washing up liquid.
  10. Mix into a spray bottle.
  11. Spray 2 or 3 times onto the stain and scrub the area with a sponge.
  12. If you think it may need it, repeat step 11 a few times.
  13. Once the stain is no longer visible at all, get a bowl of clean, cool water and rinse out the fabric until there are no more suds.

Check out also: How to Clean your Wool Rug.