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Whether it’s the result of a paper cut, or nosebleed, discovering blood on your new set of fabric couch is heartbreaking since it’s a real hassle removing the stain. Fabric is porous, and blood easily seeps through, making it very difficult to clean. Blood components also allow for clotting, which binds the blood to the fabric.

However, this should not be a cause of alarm as there are excellent tips to help get blood out of the fabric couch. The questions you need to ask yourself is how the bloodstain got to the couch and how long it has been there. Once you get answers to these questions, then you can embark on getting the blood out of the fabric. Here is how.

Determine the Type of Stain and Cleaning Solution to Use

There are two types of stains, which include fresh stain and an old stain. Put on a pair of gloves to be safe, even if you know the bloodstain's source. To determine a fresh stain, place a paper towel on the stain, and if it soaks, you are sure it’s a fresh stain. If it's old and has dried up on the fabric, use a toothbrush with soft bristles to scrape off the surface's stain.

Check the couch care label to determine the type of solution to use for cleaning. Care labels marked with W means it's okay to clean the stain with a water-based solution. For an ‘S’ label, be sure to use a solvent-based reagent. For the couches market with ‘SW’ you can use either solution to get the blood off. However, there are couches labeled with ‘X,’ which are only supposed to undergo a dry clean done only by a professional.

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Pre-treat the Blood Stain

For couches with an ‘SW’ mark on the care label, use a wet white cloth and dab it on the couch to make the stained area damp. As you dab to wet the stained area, pour some isopropyl alcohol to keep on blotting the stain and saturate it. Be sure, however, to use cold water as hot water can easily set the stain. You use a white cloth to damp and clean the couch since the dye from colored cloths could stain the couch.

Dry the Area

Use dry paper towels to blot the stained area and remove excess liquid and blood from the couch. Do not rub but rather a dab as rubbing could spread the blood making your work harder. Keep dabbing on the couch until the fabric is dry.

Clean the Stain

Choose the Right Cleaning Solution

Once you have saturated the stain, you need to choose the right cleaning solution to use. Be sure to spot test the cleaner you choose to get blood out of fabric couch . This is meant to ensure that the cleaning solution does not bleach your couch fabric. You can choose between;

  • Fresh lemon juice with a little salt added
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hairspray
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Alcohol {for couch care labels marked ‘S’ only)

Wet the Stained Area with Your Cleaning Solution

Carefully mix the cleaning solution you choose in a bowl. Soak a cloth with the solution and use it to blot the stained surface. Let the solution seep into the stain for at least 30 minutes before you start cleaning.

Your cleaning solution should moisten the blood and make it easy to clean. Use a dry cloth to dab the stained fabric to absorb the moistened blood and the excess cleaning solutions. Keep doing this until the fabric is clean and dry.

Repeat Dampening and Blotting

It would be best if you exercised patients when trying to get blood out of fabric couch. There is a high probability that the stain will not come out with the first cleaning attempt. For this reason, keep alternating between dampening the stained surfacing and blotting It dry with a clean, dry cloth. Do this until all the stain has been washed off. Once all the stain has been cleaned, use a dry cloth to absorb all the excess cleaning solution on the couch fabric.

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There are different types of fabric used on couches, and the cleaning technicality differs as well. The best way is to avoid staining your couch with blood or act immediately you spot a stain.

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