How To Handle Blood Spills on Carpet

How To Handle Blood Spills on Carpet

Many people do light cleaning at home every day and a deep clean on the weekends when there’s more time. In fact, according to research done by the American Cleaning Institute, Americans spend nearly six hours cleaning every week. From sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming to dusting, wiping down surfaces, and scrubbing toilets, there’s so much to do to keep your home sparkly clean. 

While you likely know how to (and have the proper supplies to) wipe a surface and vacuum a floor efficiently, when faced with a much more intense job you may find that you are lost for the best techniques and products. When it comes to biohazardous waste like bodily fluids and blood, it’s important that you handle these situations with care and get professional help when you need it.

Tackle the spill quickly and with the right products

For minor blood stains in carpet, it’s best to clean the area as quickly as possible. Good Housekeeping Suggests a few tips and tricks to getting the stain out including detergent, hydrogen peroxide and OxiClean. Each of these cleaning tips comes with specific steps to follow from testing how it reacts with the carpet (so it doesn’t stain or change the color of the carpet), mixing with or dissolving in water, and length of time to saturate the stain. Since carpet is a porous material, blood tends to seep into the fibers which is why speed is important to remove the stain effectively.

While some of these products are great for minor stains and small accidents, if you are faced with a large spill and/or a wide area splattered with blood to clean you’ll want to involve a professional biohazard cleanup company. 

When to hire a biohazard cleanup company

When a serious accident or crime scene occurs inside your home, you may be surprised to learn that law enforcement is not responsible for cleaning and sanitizing any spaces that were contaminated. In fact, the responsibility falls on the homeowner after it has been processed by police and it can be extremely overwhelming on top of the trauma of what occurred. Rather than picking up a cleaning rag and solution yourself, it’s important to hire professionals who can come in and return your home to safety.

One of the main dangers of cleaning blood yourself is that there may be bloodborne pathogens which are naked to the human eye and can be extremely dangerous. OSHA states that bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and can be incredibly dangerous when one becomes exposed to them. Most crime scenes or scenes of serious accidents will have blood stains or spills and these need to be cleaned and decontaminated properly.  

Our team at Xtreme Cleaners is trained in handling sensitive situations and contaminated environments with care. We have the knowledge, equipment, PPE and the tools needed to safely handle biohazards including blood, so you can have peace of mind that you are safe to return when we are done. For more information and to learn how we can help, give us a call today at 1-800-524-9591.