An accident could occur in your home and it could lead to blood stains on your couch. It may be your kid who has a nosebleed that leaves any stain on your couch. Or your son jumps on your couch with a recent bloodied knee and before you realize it, there's a stain on your couch.
Fortunately, blood stains can be removed. To successfully remove stains from your couch they are three main sets of processes to undertake for a complete clean of your couch.
First, we would look at the first set of things you'd have to do, which is pre-treating the stain, and then once we're done with the procedures, we would then focus on cleaning the stain and finally ways to maintain your couch.
Now let’s look at the first process.
Pre-treating the stain
Check the label
Some couches come with different materials, while some can easily be cleaned easily with little water, others would require certain cleaning solutions. You can find about the tag of your couch by taking a glance at the tag on your couch to check to if you'd see the alphabet code, S, SW, X or S.
• For SW, S, and W, it means you can clean the couch with solvent- or water-based cleaners.
• X labeled couch means you can‘t clean with solvents or water-based solvents, so you'd need to take it to a professional at this stage.
Test your cleaners
Before you utilize any cleaner on your couch, it’s advisable you test in a hidden area on your couch to ensure the cleaner won’t fade the fabric, or otherwise destroy the material. Allow the cleaner to sit on the hidden area for about 24 hours and then if you find out that it doesn’t fade any part, only then can you apply the cleaner on the stain.
Listed below are the following list of cleaners that can be used:
• Upholstery cleaner
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Water and soap mixtures
• And finally rubbing alcohol
Remove all excess blood with a brush
You can make use of a soft-bristled toothbrush to slowly scrub the stained area and loosen any dried blood still on the surface of your fabric. This makes the stain much easier to clean. After brushing, clean the area with a dry cloth to remove slices of dried blood.
Soak up the stained area with water and alcohol (isopropyl)
Soak up a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol or water. Squeeze out the cloth to remove excess liquid. Then use the cloth to dab the stain until it saturates the area with the liquid.
• Ensure the cloth you use is white, else the dye from the cloth washout on the fabric due to the presence of alcohol.
• Use only cold water when blotting the area, because using hot water can cause the stain to set
• If your couch is marked with SW and W letter codes, then you can use water. If it is marked with SW and S codes you can use alcohol.
Dry the stained area
You can use a clean fresh cloth to soak up the wet area and remove excess blood and liquid on the couch. When doing this task, do not rub the stained area only soak up/dab the area. Because rubbing tends to push the stain deeper into the couch, hence, making the stain harder to clean. Just continue soaking up until the cloth itself dries.
Cleaning the stain
Pick a cleaning solution
At this phase, the stain is saturated and what you would need is to clean the stain. Now there are several cleaning solutions you can use to remove the stain from the couch.
Listed below are some of the widely known couch cleaners.
• Fresh lemon juice with a mixture of salt (a pinch)
• 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed with 1 gallon of water.
• Hydrogen peroxide
• 1 cup of cold water with 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid
• Rubbing alcohol
Soak up the area with the cleaner
First, get the solution and mix in a bowl. Then dip the clean cloth in the solution, and dab out the excess liquid therein. Then soak up/dab the stained area with the cloth so the stain can be saturated. Remember not to rub the stain, if not it could spread the stain while rubbing.
• If you notice foams while dabbing don’t fret, it means it’s killing the bacteria
Blot the area with a clean cloth
Take out a fresh, dry cloth and use to blot the area and soak up excess moistened blood with the solution. At this stage, you just want to continue dabbing with a fresh area of the cloth until the cloth is completely dried
Continue until the stain goes
Keep alternating between dampening the area with the solution and soaking up dry, until no blood stains the dry cloth, and at this stage, the stain is gone
Use upholstery cleaner for tougher stains
For tough stains, you may want to try upholstery cleaner. Simply dampen a clean cloth with the cleaner and blot out the stain with a dry cloth. Then, after that, blot the stained area with a dry cloth.
• Use an enzyme-based solution that's ideal for couches. They are made specifically for protein-bases stains, like blood
Rinse and dry the stained area
To rinse out the excess cleaner from the couch, try soaking the cloth with cold water. Once the area gets saturated with water, use a dry cloth to remove as much water and excess solution as you can. You can also use a fan aiming at the spot so it dries quickly.
• If your couch is S-code, you can avoid rinsing with water so you prevent any damage on the couch, simply soak up the solution with a dry cloth
Maintaining your couch
Spot any stain and spill immediately
If food spills, you can pick up the chunks with a spoon. Soak the cloth with alcohol or cold water and damp the area with the solution (especially for S-code). Then dab with a cloth until the stain vanishes.
• When the spills are cleaned right away, the stains won’t be able to dry and set, and this means they are easier to clean
Clean your couch frequently
Maintaining your couch can be rewarding, that’s if you clean frequently. You can use a soft brush to clean the dirt and oil from the upholstery. You can even vacuum the couch with the upholstery attachment.
To get results, clean your couch every two weeks
Spray the couch with spray protector (upholstery)
You can use a commercial fabric spay protector on your couches and other fabrics. They protect the surface from stains which makes the cleaning process easier. To use the spray protector, do the following:
• Shake the can vigorously
• Make sure the can is 6 inches away from the couch
• Then spray the whole surface of the couch
• Allow the spray to dry
• Then repeat.
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