11 Tips for removing Blood From Carpets and Furnishings…..

We get asked many questions from time to time on how to remove certain stains from carpets and upholstery and today we where asked to remove blood from a wool carpet.

First thing to know is that Blood is considered a biohazard because of Bloodborne Pathogen’s which may include Hepatitis B or C and even HIV, having the right equipment  to remove is essential.

For small cuts at home have a First aid Kit containing the Basics , Bandages , Band aids , Disposable gloves and disenfection swabs.

For Bigger and much larger stained area’s you will need a more Professional outlook.

PPE Equipement such as a Hazmat suite incuding mask , respirator , Goggles and Gloves as used in Crime Scene Cleaning.

How ever there a few things you can do as a home owner to help reduce the Damage……

 

1. WORK QUICKLY… As Bodily Fluids and Blood can set quickly on carpet making it very dificult to remove.

2. USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS …. Some products such as Bleach and some disefectants will Damage Carpet and furnishings so Please make sure that you read the  ChemicalMaufactors instructions before using. Make sure you select a product with some anti-microbial properties to help sanitize the area as thoroughly as possible.

3. STEAM CLEANING ….depending on the size of the spill, it is advisable to perform a steam clean of the carpet. Steam cleanering will clean, remove debris, and sanitize carpeting more thoroughly than conventional washing. Although there is some additional cost to steam cleaning, it is the best way to protect against bloodborne pathogens.

We at Grizzley’s Cleaning Service s will always ask you to seek the advice of a Trained Professional before procceding with any Cleanup but if you are going to then do it safely, listed below is our basic proccedure for a safe removal…

1:PUT ON GLOVES (DISPOSABLE): No matter what type of surface you’re cleaning.

2:CONTAIN THE SPILL: It is important to keep it as contained to avoid allowing the affected area  to spread. Create a barrier around the spill with an absorbent material such as a Towel.

3:DISINFECT: Once the area is contained, spray the affected area with an appropriate carpet detergent to help kill some of the surviving pathogens. Allow up to 15 minutes for the disinfectant to work.

4:BLOT UP EXCESS: Use disposable towels or rags to blot as much excess fluid as you can and then carefully dispose of the soiled rags in a sealable bag.

5:ABSORB FLUIDS: The carpet will absorb some of the fluid so removing them will be your next step. Use a wet- dry vacuum to thoroughly wet and remove any fluids. Repeat the process of wetting and suctioning over several times. While wetting the affected area be sure to prevent any water from spreading beyond the initial Area.

6:RE-DISINFECT: After vacuuming, thoroughly re-saturate the area with an appropriate disinfectant. Follow your carpet manufacturer’s recommendations since certain products can damage carpet fibers and dyes.

7:WAIT AND LET SIT: After completely disinfecting the area, allow the disinfectant to set and work for up to 30 minutes to make sure it has the full effect.

8:THIRD DISINFECT: Repeat the previous two steps of disinfecting and then allowing to sit for a further 30 minutes.

9:RINSE: Once the final treatment of disinfecting is complete, rinse the area one last time to remove any remaing soluton.

10:DRY: Next, dry the area thoroughly with rags to draw out any remaining moisture and then place fans near the area to Help dry it completely.

11:CLEANUP: After the area is clean, properly dispose of all rags and safety equipment contaminated by the spill.

WE HOPE THIS SERVES YOU AS A GUIDE AND THANKYOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ

Article / Blog written by Steven McQuie Owner of Grizzleys Cleaning Services

Langwarrin Australia