There is nothing worse than getting blood on clothes, upholstered furniture, or even the carpet. Why? Because blood is one of the most stubborn stains to tackle. This is because there are so many myths on how to deal with stains. How to get blood stains out of upholstery relies upon taking removal steps as soon as possible. If the upholstery stain removal cannot be addressed immediately, take preventative steps to keep the stain from setting in the fabric.


Types of Upholstery

Before we start the cleaning process, you might want to get acquainted with the different types of upholstery. You always need to be properly informed before attempting to treat your upholstery. You don’t want to end up doing any more damage to your furniture.

  • Acrylic – very durable, colourfast, easy to clean.
  • Olefin – very durable, colourfast, easy to clean.
  • Polyester – durable, easy to clean, low-moderate abrasion resistance.
  • Nylon – durable, high abrasion resistance, easy to clean.
  • Rayon – not very durable, low-moisture cleaning.
  • Leather – easiest to clean, wipe as soon as you notice stains.
  • Wool – less stain-resistant, difficult to clean.
  • Cotton – not fade-resistant, tricky to clean.

We would always recommend using professional upholstery cleaners like RH Carpet Cleaning. But, if you need to lift the stain as quickly as possible, here are a few tips on how to get blood stains out of upholstery.

How to Get Blood Stains out of Upholstery


  1. In the case that the stain has dried before you get to it, get an old toothbrush and brush away any of the dried residue before carrying on with the next steps.
  2. If possible, take the cover off your upholstered furniture (pillow cushions, seat cushion covers, etc.). If you can, take it off and rinse it with cold water. Rinse out as much of the blood as you can.
  3. If not possible, get an absorbent cloth or sponge, soaked with cold water. Start gently blotting the area from the outside of the stain in. Rinse the sponge or cloth as you go along. Carry on until you get as much of the stain out.
  4. Now mix a cup of cold water with a bit of soda water and pour it onto the area. Use a sponge and continue gently blotting the stain.
  5. Repeat step 4 as the stain starts to lift. When the sponge stops lifting any of the blood, that’s the time to stop.
  6. Mix 80% water with 10% glycerine and 10% washing detergent with a very small bit of fairy liquid into a spray bottle and shake well before use.
  7. Spray 2 or 3 times on the stain.
  8. Scrub with a sponge using circular motions until the stain gradually starts to lighten further.
  9. If needed repeat step 8 a few times.
  10. Once the stain is lifted, get a bowl of clean cool water and rinse away any of the mixture and suds with a clean cloth.

Need Professional Upholstery Cleaners?


Still having trouble removing the stain? Call us today for professional help! Whether you are looking for upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning. RH Carpet Cleaning Dublin  is here to meet your needs.

We have built a loyal customer base by treating them and their belongings respectfully, and we’ve worked hard to make sure we get the job done better than anyone else can. If you are looking for professional carpet or upholstery cleaning , call us today on 087 6089310 We are sure you will be thrilled with your fantastic, clean furniture.

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