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Blood Removal and Cleaning

It starts with fast action. The longer you wait the harder it will be to remove. If you wait too long, you risk staining. Also, the instructions below are for blood that comes from a source you know is safe. If the source is unknown and/or are not aware of potential diseases in the host you should consider calling BioResponse Restoration. There are many dangers to working with blood and/or bodily fluids. If you decide to clean blood from a potentially hazardous source, you should wear Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, a Tyvek suit, and safety glasses. Please properly discard all equipment after cleaning.

Start with a bottle of a cold club soda and a clean sponge. Drizzle the club soda onto the blood, let it sit for a couple seconds, and blot with your sponge. Always blot, never rub. Rinse your sponge between blotting. If you don’t have any club soda, use cold tap water. You may also wish to apply a little laundry or dish detergent mixed with water to the bloodstain. You can also utilize Hydrogen peroxide.

How to clean blood from fabric:

If you’ve got some blood on an article of clothing, wet or dry, you have a couple of options. If the clothing is cotton or some blend including cotton, start by immediately removing the article of clothing and running it under cold water. Don’t rub. Next, fill a sink with cold water, dump a bunch of salt (at least a cup) into it, and stir it around to get the salt to dissolve faster. Throw the clothing in and let it soak for at least an hour. If you don’t want to soak the entire thing, make a paste of either table salt and water or baking soda and water, and apply it to the stain. Let the paste sit for at least an hour, and then wash the clothing in cold water with mild detergent. Utilize a disinfectant or virucide, do not utilize the salt. Read labels of chemicals for instructions on use.

How to clean blood from carpet:

If the blood is still wet, start by grabbing some paper towels or a clean terry cloth towel and blot as much of the blood up as possible. Next (or if the stain is dry), mix 1 tablespoon of dish or laundry detergent with about a cup of cold water, drizzle the mixture on the blood, let it sit for a minute, and blot. Then mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup water, drizzle, wait, and blot. Finally, do the drizzle and blot thing with fresh clean water. Be sure to first try this method in an inconspicuous location to test for colorfastness. Utilize Hydrogen peroxide and disinfectant. If the blood stain is heavy or has sat too long you should cut out the affected area. Dispose the affected area in a biohazard red bag and dispose with a health department licensed biomedical waste disposer.

Cleaning blood from a mattress:

This is probably the most common place for bloodstains. Whatever it’s from, it’s almost always dry by the time it’s discovered. The first thing you should do is to at least try and blot some of it out. Utilize club soda or hydrogen peroxide and drizzle some on the blood, let it sit for about thirty seconds, and then blot it up. Now make a paste with salt and hydrogen peroxide, and spread it onto the stain. Let it sit there for a couple of hours and try to keep it moist. This can be accomplished by covering the whole works with a damp rag. After a couple hours have passed, use a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of the salt. Repeat until stain is complete. Just make sure the mattress is completely dry before re-sheeting. Utilize Hydrogen peroxide and disinfectant. If the blood stain is heavy or has sat too long you should cut out the affected area. Dispose the affected area in a biohazard red bag and dispose with a health department licensed biomedical waste disposer.

Cleaning blood from smooth and hard surfaces:

If the blood is wet or if the blood dry, this is pretty painless. If there’s blood on vinyl, just put some soap and water in a bucket and wipe the spot down with a sponge. Just make sure the sponge is squeezed out pretty well so bloody water doesn’t end up running and spreading the blood around. For marble, granite, concrete, linoleum, well-finished wood floors, etc., the same method applies. Soap and water is all it takes. If you’re trying to figure out how to clean blood from poorly finished hardwood floors, consider an enzymatic cleaner. * Utilize a disinfectant or virucide. Read labels of chemicals for instructions on use.*

Commercial blood cleaning products are great options maybe the best thing you can purchase is a enzymatic cleaner. These are designed to be used on organic stains like blood. These products support the growth of bacteria that will break down the bloodstain. Just make sure to read and follow the directions for use. Sometimes the directions for use can differ depending on the type of stain. We do not believe in the use of bleach because of its high toxicity. Bleach has been known to exacerbate asthma and cause resperatory issues.

BioResponse Restoration is the largest Miami crime scene cleanup company in South Florida. Working for local, state, and federal governments, as well as private businesses and individuals, to restore biohazard and affected areas to a safe non-hazardous state in a professional and discreet manner. BioResponse Restoration complies and/or exceeds regulatory specifications and has established a reputation of quality service, rapid response, and competitive pricing.

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