You've just bought a pale colored carpet or rug and your cat brings in a dead mouse trailing blood across the carpet. Don't panic your carpet isn't ruined, it is possible to remove a blood stain without a trace. There are many great stain removal products out there on the market but if you don't have time to get to the shops you can also fight the stain with something simple that you probably have in your kitchen cabinet, salt.

Things You Will Need

Cold water
White cloths

Step 1

Try not to let the stain dry. It's not impossible to remove a dry blood stain but it is much easier to do before it dries.

Step 2

Take a small bowl and fill with cold water. You are going to use this to make a saturated salt solution. How much you need really depends on how big the stain is that you are trying to remove. Add salt to the water and continue to add until you have what is almost a thin paste.

Step 3

Pour some of the salt paste over the stain. Leave it to sit there for a few minutes.

Step 4

Using a white cloth start to blot the stain with a clean white cloth. Cotton cloths are best. Try not to use paper towels as they can shed bits. Start from the center of the blood stain and work your way out. Press hard but do not rub. Use a clean part of the cloth for each time you blot.

Step 5

Keep repeating steps 3 and 4. It might take several rounds of blotting before the stain is gone. Be patient and do not rush the process.

Once the blood stain is gone and the rug has dried you may find there is a salt residue on the carpet. Remove this by vacuuming.

Tips & Warnings

Don't forget to thoroughly wash any of the cloths you used if you want to keep them.