Blood Stain On Your Sofa? Our Cleaning Guide Can Help

How to Remove Blood Stains from Upholstery

Having a gorgeously comfortable family-sized sofa, where everyone can gather and share memories, is something to treasure. A cozy, relaxing hug whilst you indulge in your favorite movie, or chat to friends. So, if something mars the fabric, leaves a mark on the material, you’d be really upset, wouldn’t you?

Whether it be from a nose bleed or the results of an axe wielding maniac, blood can ruin the appearance of your sofa, and even on darker colors it can still remain visible. However, stains not only ruin the look, but can harbor bacteria and other nasties. With blood being notoriously difficult to remove from fabrics, you might be worrying that your sofa is spoiled forever. But no, we have several solutions to return your couch to its former pristine condition.

Caring for your upholstered furniture as part of your weekly chores is a relatively simple job if carried out regularly, but it’s important as it can dramatically increase the longevity of your soft furnishings. But for stains, especially blood, something more is required.

The industry cleaning method

This is the best insider hack – it’s easy, effective and works on both fresh or older stains, and whilst your first thought may be to reach for the hot water faucet, there is a good reason for sticking to cold water.

You’ll need:

  • Cold water
  • Club soda
  • Glycerin
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean sponges and absorbent cloths
  1. Damp down one of the sponges, and gently dab at the stain, working from the outside in. Scrubbing will push the marks into the fabric, making them harder to fully remove, so that’s best avoided.
  2. Mix club soda with some cold water, and pour the mixture onto the stain. Using the sponge, keep dabbing. You may need to repeat this several times, but you should see the stain disappearing.
  3. Once you’ve stopped being able to lift the stain, put 80% cold water, 10% detergent and 10% glycerin in the spray bottle. Give it a good shake to blend the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Spray the mixture onto the remaining stain, making it quite wet, and start rubbing with the sponge, in a circular motion. Keep going until the stain has completely vanished.
  5. Pour cold water over the area, and soak up as much of the water as you can with a cloth or paper towels, and once it’s as dry as possible, either leave it to air dry, or use your hairdryer on a cool setting.

White vinegar method

  1. Spray white vinegar onto the stain, then dab, working from the outer edges in, to remove the mark.
  2. You may need to repeat this process several times, but once you’ve removed as much as you can, spray on some cold water and keep dabbing.
  3. Go back to the vinegar spray to remove the stain that the water has loosened.
  4. Keep repeating these steps until the stain has gone completely. Then dry the area thoroughly with a hairdryer on the cool setting.


Here are some more simple methods for removing blood stains from your soft furnishings:

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