Written by Lisa Truesdale. Reviewed by cleaning expert Sean Busch..
From vegetable dicing gone wrong in the kitchen, to a child’s bloody nose in the middle of the night, scarlet red blood stains are a fact of life. They’re easy to come by, but they have quite a reputation for being tough to clean.
If you’re dealing with blood stains on your prized upholstery, your (previously) clean carpet, or your favorite white T-shirt or pillowcase, we’ve got step-by-step methods for making sure you’re back to stain-free in no time.
The Best Stain Remover for Eliminating Blood Stains
Blood is a very complex bodily fluid, containing proteins that are made up of long chains of amino acids. To thoroughly remove a blood stain, you need a product that gets deep into the stain and breaks it down. A natural, enzyme-based cleaner will do the trick because the plant-based enzymes in these formulas are microscopic molecules that keep breaking the stain down into tinier and tinier particles until it’s completely gone.
The specific enzyme that removes protein-based stains is called protease. So if you’re trying to clean a blood stain, then make sure you select a stain remover that contains this important enzyme.
Although there are a number of enzyme-based cleaners on the market, only one contains all six available plant-based enzymes, including protease: Puracy Natural Stain Remover. (Our closest competitor uses only three!) This makes our stain remover the ideal solution for all of your laundry stains, not just those from blood.
To learn more about how enzymes work, check out our related post: Enzyme Cleaners 101: How to Quickly Eliminate Odors & Stains.
How to Get a Blood Stain Out of Clothes and Other Fabrics
The fabrics in your home and on your body are typically the first casualties in a blood stain incident, whether you’re dealing with a blood stain on your shirt sleeve from a cut or a blood stain on your bedsheets.
Sean Busch, Puracy’s co-founder and resident cleaning expert, offers this step-by-step method for removing blood stains from washable fabrics:
- Fully saturate the stain with Puracy Natural Stain Remover.
- Use a soft brush to really work the formula deep into the fabric. If you don’t have a brush, you can agitate the stained area by vigorously rubbing the fabric together with two hands.
- Set the fabric aside for at least 15 minutes, although longer is better, because the plant-based enzymes need time to do their important work. For stubborn blood stains, you can let the pretreated fabric sit overnight, or even for several days. (If the fabric is linen or wool, though, do not exceed 1 hour of waiting time.)
- Machine-wash the fabric using Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent. Be sure to opt for an extra rinse cycle to ensure everything is completely rinsed from the fabric. Like our stain remover, our laundry detergent is made with plant-based enzymes that get deep down into the fabric. Most importantly, it also contains protease, which will help eliminate blood stains.
- When the washing cycle is finished, remove the fabric from the washer and check to see if the stain is gone. If it’s not, then repeat the pretreating steps above using Puracy Natural Stain Remover. As noted above, blood is complex and sometimes takes a second treatment to remove every last remnant. DO NOT put the fabric in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.
How to Get Blood Stains Out of Upholstery and Carpet
From couches to carpets, removing blood stains from upholstery and flooring can be a bit tricky — but again, an enzyme-based cleaner is the answer to the question of how you’re going to get those blood stains out.
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To determine whether the fabric on your couch can be cleaned using this method, read our related post: The Best & Easiest Way to Clean a Couch.
Follow this step-by-step method for getting blood stains out of carpet and washable upholstery:
- If the stain is still fresh, dilute it with warm water.
- Blot the stain firmly with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Continue blotting until the cloth isn’t picking up any more color. You may need to switch to a clean cloth during the process.
- Spray the stain thoroughly with Puracy Natural Stain Remover and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Saturate a clean microfiber cloth in a bowl filled with warm water and gently wring it out. Press the wet cloth into the stain with a gentle back and forth motion. As the cloth becomes soapy, rinse it in your bowl, wring, and repeat. Repeat this process until the stain and the stain remover are completely rinsed away.
- If you can still see the stain, retreat with stain remover, agitate it, and leave it on longer before rinsing it away.
Expert Tip: I highly recommend purchasing a carpet cleaning machine like the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe if you have pets, children, or an accident-prone spouse. For $100, it’s a great investment versus paying a pro to do it. Pair it with Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo and follow the directions on the bottle to tackle stubborn carpet stains.
How to Remove Blood Stains from a Mattress
If you don’t have your mattress covered with a waterproof protector, it’s possible that blood stains have made their way to the surface of the mattress.
The procedure for removing blood stains from your mattress is similar to the carpet/upholstery cleaning method above, but there are a few mattress-specific things to remember. Read our related post, How to Clean a Mattress + Sleep More Soundly, to discover how to get yours clean. You’ll also find advice on how to disinfect your mattress, as well as simple tips to help you lengthen its usable lifespan.
How to Remove Set-In Blood Stains from Clothing
You know that sinking feeling you get when you find a really old blood stain, like on that soccer jersey that’s been scrunched up at the back of the closet since last season? Set-in blood stains would definitely be a big headache — if you didn’t have an enzyme-based formula containing protease, like Puracy Natural Stain Remover. The six plant-based enzymes can break down hundreds of types of stains, no matter how long they’ve been sitting there.
The steps for removing set-in blood stains from clothes are the same as those we mentioned for clothing above. Spray with stain remover, then agitate the affected area by using a soft brush or by rubbing the fabric together vigorously. Doing so will help the stain remover fully penetrate the set-in stain, making it much easier to remove. Next, make sure you leave the stain remover on the stain for as long as possible, ideally several hours or even a few days, then machine wash the fabric using an extra rinse cycle.
While you probably used to look at blood stains with a feeling of dread and hopelessness, you now know that they’re just as easy to remove as other types of stains, thanks to the stain-busting enzymes in Puracy Natural Stain Remover. You might even want to share your newfound knowledge with other parents at the playground or on the soccer field.
Expert Tip: Keep a 4-ounce bottle of Puracy Natural Stain Remover in your gym bag, in the bag you take to soccer games — anywhere you might encounter a blood stain. Spray the blood stain immediately and let it sit until you’re ready to wash it.