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Furniture Tips: 3 Ways To Remove Blood Stains From Your Upholstery

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Getting a blood stain out of your upholstery may seem like a hard task, but that doesn't make it impossible. There are a few tips that may helpful. The following are 3 suggestions that may help remove blood stains from your upholstery safely.

Try Steam & Vodka to Remove Your Stain

Follow the steps below to remove the stain naturally:

  1. Use your steam cleaner to weaken the bond of the blood.
  2. Blot the stain using a damp cloth, which should remove some of the blood. 
  3. Add a little vinegar or flavorless vodka to your cloth, and use that to blot the stain. Both of these ingredients are astringent and should help reverse the coagulating properties of blood. 
  4. You can repeat the process a few more times for tough or old stains if you were not able to act quickly. 

‚ÄčIf the approach above does not work, try the next suggestion.

Give Baking Soda A Shot

Baking soda is naturally astringent and should help remove the stain. Remember that baking soda also has an almost-neutral pH value, which can help neutralize any smells. 

Use the following steps to use the baking soda method:

  • Mix 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water in a normal bowl.
  • Dip a clean, dry cloth in this mixture.
  • Blot the stain with the cloth, and let it sit for 30 minutes. 
  • Dip another clean cloth in cold water. Use this cloth to blot and clean the blood stain.

If this natural method did not work either, you might need to use the last suggestion.

Try Using A Stain Remover

Check if your upholstery can be cleaned with solvents. You can do this by reading the label, which should tell you what kind of solutions are safe to use. Or, you can just ask your furniture specialist to help you figure out what is safe to use.

You can purchase a stain remover that is compatible with your upholstery, but you need to have this on hand to act quickly when dealing with blood. Blood has coagulating properties, which can quickly set on your upholstery. You can purchase an upholstery stain remover online or in your local grocery store. Try to follow the directions on the label, although they usually include the following:

  • Use a clean and damp cloth to blot the stain. 
  • Spray the cleaner, and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Blot the spot using the damp cloth you were using earlier, and the stain should come off.

Remember, do not to let the solution sit too long because some stain removing solutions can discolor your fabric, even if the label states it was safe to use. So be careful if you are going to use this option. 

Remember that these steps are only meant to deal with surface stains. For more information, you may need to visit a professional furniture store in your area and talk to an upholstery specialist if the stain has penetrated deeply. He or she might be able to clean it for you.