How Can I Remove Blood Stains From Upholstery?

Remove blood stains from upholstery by blotting the blood stain with a cloth soaked in dish detergent solution. Begin the cleaning process as soon after the stain was created as possible. Older blood stains are more difficult to remove than newer stains.

  1. Remove any dried blood

    Check if the blood has dried. If so, use an appropriate brush (such as an old toothbrush, old paintbrush or cleaning brush) to firmly brush the stained surface to remove as much dried blood as possible.

  2. Mix together the cleaning solution

    Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and 2 cups cold water in a plastic container. Cold water is important to use in cleaning blood stains, because warm water further sets the stain into the fabric.

  3. Blot the stain

    Blot the stain with the detergent solution using a clean, white cloth. Continue wringing out the cloth, re-filling the cloth with detergent solution, and blotting the stained area until the stain is removed. Rinse out the cloth, fill with cold water, and blot the area where the stain was to remove the detergent solution from the upholstery. Finally, blot the wet area of upholstery with a new, dry cloth until the area is dry.