Removing Dried Blood Stains From Upholstery
To remove dried blood stains from upholstery, you will need:
- water (cool and warm)
- powder oxygen leach
- clean, dry white cloths
Dried blood stains on upholstery may be impossible to remove. However, the instructions below may remove stains from upholstery fabrics that are safe for cleaning with oxygen bleach.
To remove dried blood stains from upholstery:
- Scrape any solid dried blood from the upholstery.
- Check the care instructions to determine if bleach can/can't be used. If bleach can't be used, do not proceed further since upholstery finishes can be discolored or destroyed by oxygen bleach. If the upholstery can tolerate bleach, proceed with step 3.
- Dissolve 1 cup of oxygen bleach per 2 gallons of warm water in a bucket. Allow the solution to cool before using.
- Dampen a clean, dry white cloth in the oxygen bleach solution.
- Gently press the dampened cloth onto the stain, taking care not to soak the fabric.
- Blot with a dry cloth to pull up the dried blood stain. If the dried blood stain has been removed to your satisfaction, proceed to step 8. Otherwise, proceed with step 7.
- Repeat steps 4, 5, 6, 7 until the stain is removed.
- Rinse the treated area by dampening a dry cloth in clean, cool water, then gently blot the treated area.
- Blot dry with a dry white cloth.
Removing dried blood stains from upholstery items is often a matter of good timing. The longer a stain sets on fabric, the more likely it is to stain permanently. Work fast to remove these stains to increase your chances of getting them out completely, and remember to never expose a blood stain of any type to a dryer or clothing iron until the stain is removed, otherwise you risk setting the stain permanently.