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How to Remove Blood Stains from Wool Carpet

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By robert

My Laundry Question

After a bad nosebleed my wool carpet has quite a few drops of my blood on it. How do I remove these?

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Bad nosebleed resulted in scattered drops of blood on carpet before I could get it under control, also blood from my forehead and right elbow as I tripped on a paving stone in the street outside my home with no handkerchief to staunch the flow as I was leaking in three separate places. This resulted in blood drops on my wool carpet

Lessons Learned

  • Cold water, but it just dilutes and spreads a paler and larger stain

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

wool carpet

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Oh, my! I'm so sorry you've had so many problems. It does pour when it rains!

You are headed in the right direction with the cold water; but you need to use the correct techniques. This will take patience but it works. Working with one blood stain at a time, spray the stain with cold water. Use a white cotton towel and blot away the water. Turn your cloth to a clean area each time you blot. DO NOT rub the stain or you will cause it to spread and push the blood deeper into the fibers. Keep blotting until no more color is transferred to the white cloth. Allow the area to dry and move to the next stain.

If you feel that area is too wet, place several layers of paper toweling over the stain and stand on the towels to weight them down. This will help absorb moisture deep in the fibers.

If there is color remaining after cleaning, mix one part white distilled vinegar and two parts water. Spray on the stain and repeat the blotting steps. Do not use bleach or ammonia as they will damage the wool fibers.

Good luck and stay safe!

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