Removing Blood Stains from Upholstery

Removing blood stains from upholstery is not as difficult as most people think. Blood stains can happen on both furniture and vehicle upholstery. By following the steps in this guide you'll be able to clean the stain from your favorite items with ease.

Removing Blood Stains from Upholstery

Steps to Remove Blood Stains from Upholstery

The success for removing blood stains from fabric upholstery relies upon taking removal steps as soon as possible. If the stain cannot be addressed immediately, take preventative steps to keep the stain from setting. 

Do This As Soon as the Blood Gets on the Upholstery

  1. Use paper towels to gently absorb any excess blood from the area. Be careful to blot gently so that you do not press the blood into the upholstery or fabric. Do not rub or smear the blood, which will create a larger and harder to remove stain. 
  2. Dampen a white towel with cold water and place over the stained area to prevent the stain from drying and setting into the upholstery.

The wet towel will help keep the stain from drying for several hours. When you are able to fully treat the blood stain, these simple, quick steps will help in making removal faster and easier. 

  1. Mix one tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid with two cups of cold water.
  2. Dip a clean, white cloth or rag into the detergent solution.
  3. Gently sponge the stain with the solution.
  4. Blot with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the excess liquid.
  5. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.
  6. Dampen a clean cloth in cold water and use to rinse the area of detergent.
  7. Finish by blotting dry with a dry cloth.

The ability to quickly treat blood stains is usually delayed by dealing with an injury. However, blood stains require immediate treatment to insure removal from fabric. If you are not able to quickly treat a blood stain, take steps to prevent it from drying it. This will keep the stain fresher and easier to remove. If the stain does dry out, you may need to use stronger products in order to remove the stain.