We’ve seen our fair share of blood stains on carpet and mattresses at All Aces, but the one thing we cannot emphasise enough when it comes to blood stain removal is to avoid DIY using carpet cleaning and stain removal products from the supermarket.
Why blood stain removal is risky when you use supermarket products
The problem with cleaning blood from carpet or mattresses using supermarket stain removers is that they aren’t designed for all types of carpets and fibres. If a supermarket product is used on the wrong type of fabric or fibre, it can react with the stain, making it worse and tougher to remove.
What professional blood removers know that you don’t
Professional stain removers like All Aces don’t just know how to clean blood stains from a mattress or carpet or have the right equipment and products; they are also experienced fibre identifiers. They can determine whether your carpet fibre is a wool blend, wool, polyester, polypropylene, nylon or other synthetic materials. From this identification, they know exactly what type of treatment to use. Working with a mattress is even more difficult, but an experienced stain removalist will know exactly what material it is made from before they clean blood out of a mattress.
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Successful removal of blood stains on mattress and carpet fibres
A recent client from Camp Hill is the perfect example of how to effectively remove blood from a mattress and carpet. The client called us as soon as he could, very distressed after his mum had had an accident, leaving blood on the mattress and the carpet. Of course, he was stressed about his mother being in hospital, but he wanted to do what he could to get the mattress and carpet fixed up before his mother returned home; the last thing he wanted was to buy a new mattress and have new carpet fitted.
Why is this the perfect example? Firstly, the client didn’t try doing the stain removal himself using domestic grade cleaning products. Because of this, it meant that there was nothing to hinder how our products worked. Secondly, he got one of our technicians as soon as possible to deal with the stains, a technician trained and qualified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. It took a couple of hours because the blood stains were considerable, but in the end, they were 100% removed; a new mattress and carpet were not needed and the client was relieved. Take a look at the photos below for the before and after.
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How to avoid the blood stain setting before the professionals come out
As discussed, we advise against using any supermarket products to remove a blood stain from a mattress or carpet but we do suggest you follow some of these tips to ensure the stain doesn’t set before a technician can attend.
• Don’t use home remedies like baking soda, salt or detergent because they can also react with the stain.
• If you have to do some clean-up, use a paper town or clean white cloth and place pressure on the stain. Don’t wipe the blood stain as it will spread.
• Avoid using hot water on a blood stain as this will ‘set’ the blood. Use cold water only, a little at a time so to not spread the blood. Use the paper towel, cloth or sponge to blot up the blood.
Unless you’re an expert on how to remove blood stains from a mattress or carpet, it’s always best not to risk more damage by trying to DIY blood stain removal with inferior products and not understanding the carpet fibres or mattress material. Save the potential outlay for a new mattress or carpet repairs and use a fully equipped and trained professional.