Accidents involving a bit of blood can happen from time-to-time, be it from a cut, bloody nose or menstrual period. Discovering blood stains on your sofa can be disheartening because they are a challenge to remove. Blood contains haemoglobin, which causes clotting when exposed to air, binding the cell to anything it comes into contact with.
Below is a list of suggestions you can consider if you need to remove blood stains on the couch.
What To Know Before Cleaning Blood Off a Sofa
Before attempting to get blood stains off the couch, first check the care label on your sofa.
- W – It’s okay to clean this material with water.
- S – Do not use water to clean this material. Use a solvent-based cleaner.
- SW – It’s okay to use water or solvent-based cleaner on this material.
- X – Only vacuum this material.
Here are important cleaning steps to take note to ensure you do not damage the upholstery when removing blood from fabric upholstery.
- The first step to take when you discover blood on your sofa is to remove as much of it as possible before the stain spreads and dries. Blot (don’t rub) the blood stains on the upholstery from the outside to the inside to prevent the stain from getting deeper into the upholstery.
- Pour some clean, cold water into a bowl. Do not use warm water, as that can make the stain set into the fabric faster. Blot the stain with cold water using a clean and dry cloth directly onto the stain to aid in removing blood from upholstery.
- If the bloodstain is old, remove dried blood from the surface of the material with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Wipe away the loosened particles with a paper towel. Then, blot the stain with cold water using a clean and dry cloth.
Removing Blood Stains on a Couch Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is an effective substance for removing blood from a sofa. It is an alkaline substance that absorbs and removes stains from delicate fabrics, couch upholstery, and bed linens.
Materials to prepare
- 1 cup of cool water
- 2 cups baking soda
- Soft cloth
Pour the water into a container and add the baking soda. Mix the two ingredients together to create a paste. After dip a clean cloth into the paste and apply it onto the stain. Let the paste sit for several minutes before blotting it with the clean cloth.
You may need to repeat this process several times to see significant result. Once the stain is gone, you can vacuum up any remaining baking soda!
Throughout the process of removing blood from upholstery, remember to always be careful to use a vertical motion so that you do not scrub the upholstery, as this can damage the individual fibers of the upholstery and leave it looking worn.
When the above steps are not able to help you achieve your preferred cleaning result, contact a professional couch cleaning service for assistance.
Cleaning service companies are equipped with professional grade stain removal cleaning products and specialized equipment to clean the stains. Not all stains can be removed totally, but the professionals will strive to help lighten the stains even if they can’t remove them totally.
De Hygienique offers a professional couch cleaning service. Schedule a no obligation consultation now if you need assistance with blood stain removal!