How do you remove dried blood?

  1. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can remove dried blood from carpet? DH had a profuse nose bleed, which required a trip to the ER and now that we're home I'm faced with the task of trying to get it out of the carpet. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   CEN35
    my first thought was bleach............but i guess not for! :d
  4. by   Rileycat
    cold water usually gets blood stains out. dab some cold water on the carpet....and roll a tampon over it. that should soak it up. just kidding! seriously though, cold water, blot with a towel, and keep repeating. if this doesn't work....try oxy-clean. the commercials say it gets out everything (but i have never tried it), just make sure to do a test spot first. good luck!
  5. by   Rileycat
    originally posted by cen35
    my first thought was bleach............but i guess not for! :d
    there are plenty of women that use bleach on their carpets. just ask kewl...he probably has seen many of them in the movies he rents. lol! :d
  6. by   prmenrs
    club soda--my mom swears by it! Pour, blot, pour, etc.

    Of course, you COULD call Stanley Steamer, or rent a Rug Doctor machine?
  7. by   Zee_RN
    Hydrogen peroxide--carefully--it can bleach things too; do the "test in an inconspicuous spot" thing first. But you've seen how it bubbles up around blood on a wound--does same thing. I've used it on clothes; never tried it on carpet. G'luck.

    Two of my girls get those awful, blood drenching nosebleeds too...did you know a little piece (I'M SERIOUS HERE!) of bacon will help stop the bleeding--in the nose, that is, don't eat it . The salt helps to shrink up the blood vessel and the greasiness keeps the bacon from sticking and causing more damage when pulled out. Yes, I tried it once on my daughter (she was horribly offended) and it worked. Learned that in nursing school.
  8. by   duckie
    Thanks so much for the tips on removing blood. Also on the bacon for stopping nose bleeds, which really makes sense if you think about it as salt can be very healing. I'll keep that in mind if it happens again, which I hope it doesn't. I've used bacon for a sore throat before. Just fry up a piece and roll it up and suck on it, the salt soothes the throat and decreases coughing spells. Thanks again!!!!
  9. by   prmenrs
    My son used to get some doozies; his ENT told me to get a small pea-sized blob of Neosporin (or any similar topical ointment) on the end of a Q-Tip, and put it in his nose. It worked!
  10. by   duckie
    I'll be doing the Neosporin tonight after we remove the packing. Poor guy, he's been in a mell of a hess since they packed his nose. Eating is so hard and he has been sneezing his head off. The doc seemed to think the air he's breathing is too dry and said he'd recommend using either Bacitracin or Neosporin BID even after it's healed to prevent it again. Oh and learn. Thanks everyone!!!
  11. by   imaRN
    well i have never heard of the bacon trick/tip i will have to always keep bacon in the freezer!

    long time ago at a picnic we did use a tampon to pack a nose that was bleeding.......he had big nares and it worked quite well.

    zee_rn anymore good tips from nursing school???
    you should start that thread!!!.....imarn
  12. by   katrina hays
    H2o2 will get out the blood but will tend to bleach out any dark colors. I've used it many times in fact just yesterday on a pair of black scrub pants and if you rinse with cold water pretty quick you avoid the whole bleaching thing. And its REALLY cheap!!!!!

    For nosebleeds especially after removing packing with bleeding that won't stop try Afrin it will shrink the blood vessels and stop bleeding PDQ. Worked well when we removed packing from my sons nose and he thought he was going to bleed to death (HaHa). I had to actually call the plastics doc at 0200 and get him to tell my son to use Afrin because you know mom's don't know anything.

    Good luck.
  13. by   misti_z
    Actually used 'color safe bleach' on my carpet once for an awful garbage can spill. I did try it in a corner first. And had no discoloring. There is also a wonderful stain remover called 'Zout' that I use on everything that works great.

    H2O2 is good too.

    DISCLAIMER: Not responsible for any discoloring that you may experience!!!!
  14. by   alwaysthere I'm NOT kidding