There are inevitably always accidents when kids are around – bloody noses, scratches, cuts and more and your couch lands up the victim. Here are some hacks to get blood stains off your beloved furniture so they won’t stain forever.

Steps to Remove Blood Stains from Upholstery

The success for removing blood stains from fabric upholstery relies upon taking removal steps as soon as possible. If the upholstery stain removal cannot be addressed immediately, take preventative steps to keep the stain from setting.

Do This as Soon as the Blood Gets on the Upholstery

  1. Use paper towels to gently absorb any excess blood from the area. Be careful to blot gently so that you do not press the blood into the upholstery or fabric. Do not rub or smear the blood, which will create a larger and harder to remove stain.

  1. Dampen a white towel with cold water and place over the stained area to prevent the stain from drying and setting into the upholstery.

The wet towel will help keep the stain from drying for several hours. When you are able to fully treat the blood stain, these simple, quick steps will help in making upholstery stain removal faster and easier.

  1. Mix one tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid with two cups of cold water.

  2. Dip a clean, white cloth or rag into the detergent solution.

  3. Gently sponge the stain with the solution.

  4. Blot with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the excess liquid.

  5. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.

  6. Dampen a clean cloth in cold water and use to rinse the area of detergent.

  7. Finish by blotting dry with a dry cloth.

And here’s another technique to try:

  1. Take a cool, damp sponge or cloth and gently blot the blood stain. Try to avoid scrubbing, as that can push the blood further into the upholstery. Begin on the outside of the stain, and gradually work inward (dried blood stain removal from upholstery, use a toothbrush to scrape off any residue before you begin blotting.)

  2. Mix a cup of cold water with a bit of club soda, and pour it onto the affected area. Using a sponge, continue to gently blot the stain.

  3. Repeat step 2 as the stain lightens. You can stop blotting with the sponge when it stops pulling blood from the affected surface.

  4. Mix 80% water, 10% glycerin, and 10% laundry detergent in a cup or bowl. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and shake well until it’s blended.

  5. Spray two to three times directly onto the blood stain. Scrub with a sponge in a circular motion to gradually lighten the stain.

  6. Once the stain is removed, pour cold water onto the area, and pat dry with a towel. You can keep the mixture of glycerin, water, and detergent and store it for future blood stain removal from couch.

Let us know what your stain removal tricks are in the comments below.


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  • great article


  • Great tips. Like with wine stains, diluting with cold water, then pour salt or bicarb over it for absorbtion and spoon off, repeat.


  • GREAT tips thanks for this informative article


  • Have a leather lounge and you won’t need to know. But I do agree that saliva does seem to do the trick with small blood stains.


  • Old sewing trick (from all the pricked fingers) – spit on the blood stain. Your saliva does something to the blood and almost dissolves it.


  • Is it wrong that I found it funny to see this just before Christmas and family get together s?


  • I’m hoping not to need to use this but it’s good to know if I ever do.


  • Thanks you never know when you need to know this! Luckily not so far!


  • Good to know! We have light grey lounges so it is probably only a matter of time before we will need this info! Thanks!


  • Some good suggestions thank you.


  • Very helpful, successfully removed the stains using the above techniques. Please keep such helpful tips.


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