How to Get Blood Out of Car Seats

March 1, 2024

If you are not careful, a blood stain can turn your car seat into an unusable wreck. While prevention is always the best course, there are things you can do to prevent blood stains from ever happening in the first place, such as keeping a cloth or paper towel tucked under your seats for food and drink spills and using sealed cups. If a bloodstain does occur, it is important to treat it as soon as possible to minimize its effect on your car seat's upholstery. Blood stains that are allowed to set can cause the proteins in the blood to bind with the fabric fibers, making them more difficult to remove.

To begin, you will need to absorb as much of the blood stain as possible with a paper towel or clean cloth. Do not rub the stain, as this will only push it deeper into your car upholstery's fabric fibers. Instead, use a dabbing motion and change the cloth or paper towel as needed.

After blotting the stain, rinse the area with cold water to avoid heat activating the protein in the blood and setting it into your car upholstery fabric. This step is especially important if your blood stain has occurred on a leather seat, as hot water can damage and crack the upholstery's leather.

If you don't have a lot of time, you can also use commercially available enzymatic cleaners to remove blood stains from your fabric car seats. Always test your cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery before applying to your stained item.

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