If you have a bloodstain on your car seat, act fast! Blood clots fast and tend to stick to the threads of upholstery – in this case – your car seat. Asides from the fact that bloodstain could spoil the beauty of your car interior, blood attracts germs and dirt; so, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible.
How to Get Blood Out of Car Seat
1. Liquid Soaps
Liquid soaps are very effective depending on how deep the bloodstain is or the car seat in question. This is one of the most popular ways to remove stains.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap with two cups of cold water in a large bowl.
- Soak a clean white cloth or towel inside the detergent solution and carefully apply it to the affected area.
- Use a toothbrush or a soft brush to scrub the affected area. Avoid scrubbing too hard, else you risk spreading the stain to unaffected areas of the car seat.
- Blot the area with a clean, wet cloth before making a thorough final rinse.
- Dry the area with a clean cloth. For stubborn stains, re-apply this method.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very effective cleaner, especially for leather seats. If applied correctly, it will yield good results.
- Mix one part baking soda and two parts cold water in a large bowl to make the cleaning solution.
- Apply the solution to the affected area using a clean cloth. It would help if you let it sit for thirty minutes before attempting to rinse the stain.
- Rinse the stained area using a thorough cold water dampened clean cloth. Rinsing should be done with dabbing motions until you have removed as much stains as possible.
- Dry the area with a clean, dry towel to blot the remaining moisture.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide should be used as a last resort. Its bleaching properties are too powerful and can weaken the car seat’s fabric or, in some cases, discolour it. To avoid this, test a small hidden area before using this solution.
- Apply 3% hydrogen peroxide directly to the stained area and allow it to sit on the stain for about 30 seconds. If you allow the peroxide to sit for too long, it could damage the car seat fabric.
- Blot the foamy substance with a clean, dry cloth. Should any stain remain after you have blotted the area, repeat the process.
- Rinse the area thoroughly with a clean cloth moistened with cold water.
4. Cold Saltwater
Mix two teaspoons of salt with one cup of cold water. The water should not be warm or hot because it can set the blood stain permanently on your car seat. Pour the already prepared cold saltwater solution into a spray bottle.
- Blot the stained area by using a clean cloth or paper towel. This should remove excess bloodstains. Be careful not to rub the stains as this can spread the bloodstain or push it deeper into your car seat. Remember to dab the cloth on the stain and change the cloth/paper towel when needed.
- Spray the saltwater solution on the stained area and if you don’t have a spray bottle, dip a clean white cloth in the saltwater solution and blot the affected area. Changing the cloth as you blot out the stains is necessary.
- Blot the area with a dry cloth to absorb the excess solution.
- Rinse the area thoroughly with the use of a cloth dampened with cold water. Try not to scrub at the spot; dabbing will effectively draw out the excess solution.
- Dry with a clean cloth or a paper towel.
5. Ammonia/Dish-Washing Liquid Detergent
Ammonia is a strong cleaner and can break down the protein in the blood, making it hard to remove. It is, therefore, necessary to dilute it before use or instead test in a small, hidden area before use.
- Mix ½ teaspoon of ammonia in a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with cold water and mix the solution thoroughly.
- Apply (spray) the solution on the affected area and allow it to settle for about 5 minutes. This will allow the cleaning solution to work its way deep into the affected area.
- Scrub the affected area with a toothbrush. Don’t scrub too hard, else it may damage the fabric of the car seat.
- Blot the spot with a clean white cloth and repeat the blotting process until the bloodstain is no longer visible.
- Rinse the remaining solution using a cloth dampened with cold water. Try not to leave any ammonia solution behind.
- Remove the remaining moisture from the affected area by dabbing with a dry towel.
6. Cream Of Tatar
This is a white powder used in baking. Cream of tartar is most helpful in removing deep-coloured stains like blood, especially from leather.
- Thoroughly mix some cream of tartar with one-half of lemon juice in a small bowl to make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the stained area with a toothbrush. Allow the paste to settle for 10 minutes.
- Remove the paste and re-apply if necessary. This can be done using a damp rag to brush off the paste.
- Rinse the stained area with a clean damp cloth.
- Dry the affected area with a dry towel to soak up any excess moisture leftover from your rinsing.
- Allow the area to air dry.
7. Meat Tenderizer Paste
Meat tenderizer breaks down proteins found in the blood. This makes it a very effective blood removing agent.
- Thoroughly mix one tablespoon of meat tenderizer with two teaspoons of cold water in a bowl to make a paste.
- Apply the paste liberally until it covers the stain. It would help if you rubbed the paste into the fabric with your fingers without applying too much pressure. Let it settle for an hour.
- With a dry cloth, you can brush off the paste; if in excess, you should take care not to spread or re-apply the stain that has been pulled out and absorbed by the meat tenderizer.
- Rinse the stained area with a cloth wet with cold water to clear off the remaining paste. Lightly dab until you can no longer bring up any paste or stain.
- Dry the area using a dry towel. This should be applied with blotting motions.