Upholstery Cleaning Tips – 4 Steps to Get Blood Stains out of Fabric

4 steps to clean blood stains out of upholstery and other fabrics

Need to clean a blood stain out of upholstery or other fabric? First, all stains are best dealt with quickly for the happiest outcome, so the sooner you get to it, the more likely a stain will be removed completely.

The most important rule to remember for cleaning blood is to use only COLD water. Hot water will only set the stain and make it difficult if not impossible to remove completely.

Step 1: Get some COLD water and a clean cloth.

How to Clean Blood Stains on Fabric

Step 2: SATURATE the stained area, blotting gently with the cloth.

4 Steps to Clean Blood Stains on Fabric

Step 3: Let the stain SOAK under the wet cloth for 15-20 minutes.

How to Clean Blood Stains on Fabric

Step 4: Once the stain is mostly lifted out of the fabric by the cold water, TREAT the area with a laundry stain remover (if applicable). This step may not be appropriate for some fabrics or upholstery. If used on upholstery, test the spot remover on a small hidden area first.

How to Clean Blood Stains on Fabric

TIP: Instead of cold water, place an ice-cube over the stain and let it melt – then Treat.

4 Steps to Clean Blood Stains on Fabric

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CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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