Blood stains can present a tough challenge to even the most effective soap solutions if they are not attended to on an urgent basis. They need immediate action or you run the risk of spoiling your upholstery and sporting some really unsightly interiors!
Like the rest of us, you don’t want that!
Professional detailing service is what you need in such cases, but what can you do when you don’t have immediate access to one?
Blood stains are not only hard to remove; they bring health concerns along with them. Some liquids such as, blood tends to hold on to mud and other grime present in the environment; making the blood spots even more apparent across the upholstery. Blood also carries a load of allergens.
Tending to blood stains, therefore, requires a clinical approach towards car detailing. As a rule of thumb, you should never scrub a blood stain. Instead you blot it to minimize the spread. If you do it otherwise, you spread the stain and thus affect a bigger area. This translates into a larger surface area to work upon and diluted blood to soak up. Although not undoable with modern technology as interior steam cleaning, it’s better to avoid such conditions. As they say ‘limit the damage.’
Had the world invented a washing machine that could rinse and spin a car, life could have been a lot easier.
But that isn’t the case!
Why do we bring up a washing machine in here is because removing blood stains on fabrics that can be immediately transferred to a washing machine is way simpler than working on fabric that cannot be removed. And as with the cars upholstery, you cannot remove it as freely or quickly. This leaves you with other alternatives to try. That is what we discuss next. If they don’t work, your only option is professional auto detailing.
But first let’s consider a few common and annoying stains.
A common challenge that the aforementioned stains with the exception of mud and grime have with blood stains is the need to act immediately and the need to visit detail shops for worst cases.
Below we discuss a few techniques that you can try when rushing to a detail shop is not possible due to shortage of time or long distance. What you would need are the following:
The moment you see there is a blood spot, blot the area and soak up as much as you can. Your car might have a tissue bag so burst it open and use the tissues to soak the blood up. Do not press hard since it would push the blood down, instead work very slowly on the spot and try to remove as much blood as possible from the area. A smart way is to start from the edges and work your way towards the center.
Sprinkle parts of cold water and club soda on the affected area. Do not apply hot water as that would dilute the blood and it might seep deep. For blood stains that are dry, you need to mix laundry detergent, cold water and glycerin to form a solution, 80% of which should be water. Glycerin and detergent should be used in equal proportion. Spray this solution on the blood stain and sponge it. Once the spot is removed, spray cold water to remove the solution.
Alternatively try the following tricks:
In case there is still a brownish spot left, consider visiting car detailers that specialize in steam cleaning. With the high pressure and temperatures that steam cleaning operates at, no matter how tough the stain is, steam cleaning breaks down the grime agents and dry cleans the surface quickly.
So no matter whether your car has a blood stain or a grease mark, with steam cleaning you can kick out just about any kind of stains. Do try it if conventional ways fail to help you with blood stains. Contact DetailXperts and we will be sure to help you with any challenging situations that may arise.