Tips from our Chemists on Getting Blood Out of Carpet

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We feel pretty confident in saying blood is one of the worst stains to clean up. Not only is it red, which is a tough color to eliminate from any sort of lighter fabric, but it’s blood! If you’re squeamish like us, even the mere thought of blood has us feeling lightheaded. So, when some of it gets on the carpet, we want to know the quickest and easiest way for removing blood stains from carpet so we can handle it and move on with our day like nothing ever happened.

Here at BISSELL, we have an entire team of chemists dedicated to formulating the best solutions to tackle the toughest stains people encounter in their homes. It’s a team we’re proud of, and a team we consult when we want to know the answer to questions like how to get blood out of carpet? Removing stains like blood is all about having the right chemistry on your side. Lucky for us (and you), our chemists gave us many methods to get blood out of carpet, so we took it upon ourselves to compile the ultimate guide to removing blood from carpet for you.

Find the Right Formula

Our first remedy is INSTAclean™. INSTAclean™ is every employee’s favorite because of how fast it works. Here’s the scoop: INSTAclean™ instantly and permanently removes stains, including blood, in 30 seconds. That’s how it got its name. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fresh stain or one you’ve tried to remove already; this stuff really works.

"My dog got blood on my bedroom carpet. I tried everything including home cleaners and nothing worked. I found... Instaclean... and all I can say is WOW! It removed all of the stains..."*  - Mary, 5-star review

Of course, INSTAclean™ isn’t the only BISSELL product you can turn to when trying to figure out how to remove blood stains from carpet. Our Stomp n’ Go® Pet Stain Lifting Pads offer another quick and easy way to instantly remove tough stains like blood. Just like its name says, all you have to do is place the pad on the stain, step on it to release the cleaning formula and then walk away. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes – or as long as 24 hours. You don’t have to scrub or even touch the stain! Removing stains is really as simple as a stomp.


"This is the only product that permanently removed stains on my white carpet before I listed my house for sale. Excellent stain removal with little effort."*  - Sunny, 5-star review.


Our chemists also recommend an Oxygen-based formula to get the job done. Oxy-based formulas work quickly to remove tough stains all the way to the backing of the carpet, which is important for removing the whole stain and not leaving any residue behind, even if it is unseen. Oxy Stain & Odor Remover with Febreze Freshness and OXYgen BOOST Stain Removal Formula for Carpet are two that they highly recommend.

Make the Most of Your Machine

Our carpet cleaning machines are another great option for getting blood stains out of carpet. It doesn’t matter if you have a portable carpet cleaner or an upright carpet cleaner. When either is used with the correct Oxygen-based formula, they’ll both be able to remove blood stains. And for a little extra oomph, you can use Oxy Stain & Odor Remover as a pretreat before grabbing your machine. Just make sure to first check the formula on a discreet section of your carpet for colorfastness.

If the blood stain you’re trying to remove is small, using a portable carpet cleaner like our Pet Stain Eraser™ could be your best bet, like it was in this customer’s case.

"I used this portable cleaner to get out month old blood on our light colored carpet. The blood was close to my dresser, so the big carpet cleaner couldn't get to it. This portable cleaner got it all on the first try."*  - Debra, 5-star review

Situations like these are exactly why we engineered portable carpet cleaners. We realize tough stains aren’t always a big mess, that’s why we gave you a way to quickly and effectively remove tough stains without always having to get out your full-size carpet cleaner. Because when it comes to removing tough stains like blood, time is of the essence.

If you need a little more guidance, like thorough, step-by-step directions for removing tough stains, check out our interactive stain removal guide. It has several ways to remove dozens of the toughest stains you may encounter.

*Reviews from as of 4/24/2019. Some reviewers may have received a free product in exchange for an honest review.

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