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We've all been there: That sinking feeling when you realize there's blood on your carpet. Whether it's an older dried stain or fresh blood, it's totally normal to feel a bit panicky over how you're going to get it out. The reality is that accidents happen. Stains happen. Thankfully, there are methods you can use at home to get blood out of carpet, and you don't need any special tools or skills for them to work.

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1. Blot, don't rub

Just like any other stain, the faster you treat blood, the more likely it is to come out of the carpet. However, if you're cleaning a fresh bloodstain, some extra steps and care must be taken, so it doesn't spread. Use a clean, light-colored cloth and blot at the stain, pressing down firmly and then lifting up quickly. You're aiming for a straight up-and-down motion. Work from the edges inward and avoid rubbing the stain at all.

A person blotting a dark wet stain on carpet pinstock / Getty Images
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