Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to get blood out of carpet

I've been off the grid for a few days, so I was unable to post.  But, now our kiddos are moved to college and I have internet again, so here is how to get blood out of carpet.  I hope you never need it.

Disclaimer:  There are no pictures.

I have a lethal food processor.  Well, that's not fair.  It's not the food processor that's lethal, just the blade and that sucker is SHARP!  But, for some reason, I have trouble remembering that when I drop it into soapy water.  (I'm betting you already know the rest of the story.)

Yes, I reached into soapy water and found out how really sharp that bugger is.  Now, at this point I could exaggerate and talk about things spouting or mention miracles like the one where the river becomes blood, but I'm sensitive to those of you who might be squeamish, so I'll leave it at...I cut my finger.  Not bad enough for stitches, but enough for blood.

So, I put some pressure on it and decide it has stopped bleeding and head to my bedroom for a bandage.  But, for some reason, I throw away the paper towel on my way out of the kitchen (I probably was suffering from blood loss and my mental capacities were diminished).  It immediately starts to bleed...and drips on my carpet.  My very light beige carpet....

Panic sets in...that would not be a pretty stain and blood is HARD to get out.

So, I'm bleeding, panicking, and searching the web for blood stain removal.  I end up on the COIT website and find this "recipe."  Today, I will share it with you...just in case you ever need it.

Oh, and this works if the blood is fresh, but I don't know if it would work it the stain were old and I don't have an old blood stain to try it out (thankfully).  But, if someone else wants to try it, will you let me know?


1 teaspoon dish washing liquid (I used Dawn)
2 cups cold water, do not use hot

Mix the two ingredients together.  Dip a white cloth into the mixture and blot the stain with the cloth.  Do not rub.  Continue blotting until the stain is gone.

It was easy, quick and effective!  Here's the clean spot.  If you look carefully, you can see the indention where I pressed, but no stain!

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