How To Get Blood Out of Carpet or Rugs: 2 Methods Tested

This isn’t a topic that most people want to read about. If you’ve got blood in your rug or carpet, you don’t want to mess around. I wish I didn’t get to test this, but such is life with cats who like to bring dead gifts inside. 🤮

I tested two methods to see which one worked better and faster. I’ll share both methods along with the photographic evidence.

cleaning blood out of carpet

The first method used Oxyclean White Revive (which is color-safe) and the second method used hydrogen peroxide. If you just want the answer, I would choose hydrogen peroxide, but if you want to see a video comparison, keep reading. Both work if you’re in a pinch.

Supplies Needed to Get Blood Out of Carpet

You can use either method I discuss below. Both of them worked, but one worked faster.

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How to Remove Blood From Carpet

Whichever method you choose to use, it’s better to start the closer to the event when the blood is still wet. Although I tried these methods on a blood spot that has been on a rug for several months and it still worked.

  1. If you’re using Oxyclean, add water to it to make a nice liquid mixture. If you’re using hydrogen peroxide, pour some into a bowl.
  2. Use a clean rag and dip it into your cleaning solution (oxy or hydrogen peroxide). Blot the stain and keep blotting it with cleaning liquid until it’s gone.
  1. Use a dry cloth to blot out as much moisture as possible.
  2. If you’re using a wet vacuum you can suck the water out with that. This didn’t really help to remove the stain but it help the rug to dry out more quickly.
  3. Let dry.
  4. If you still see a little bit of a shadow of a stain, repeat the process the next day.

The hydrogen peroxide worked much faster on the stain with far less blotting.

blood on carpet

Will Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach My Rug?

My rug is not white, but neither of these options had any effect on the color of the rug. If you are worried, I suggest testing the cleaning solution on a small spot. You can do something that’s under a piece of furniture just in case.

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