How to Get Blood Out of Car Upholstery

by Louise Balle

If you are a car lover who likes to keep your interior spotless, you know how hard it can be to get stains and spots out of your seats. One of the hardest fluids to get out of cloth surfaces is blood. It seeps in and penetrates the surface quickly. Blood not only makes your interior surfaces look bad, it is also unsanitary. A simple household item can help to eliminate that pesky blood stain from your upholstery---even if it's been there for a couple of days or longer.

Step 1

Drizzle hydrogen peroxide over the blood stain, but do not over saturate the spot. Work the peroxide in with your fingers as it sizzles on top of the stain. Allow it to sit for a few moments.

Step 2

Blot the stain with a dry cloth or paper towel, using your fingers to focus on the exact blood spot (if a small stain). If you have a larger blood stain, you should get a Sham Wow, or other large, absorbent cloth to take care of the stain. Press deep into the blood in your upholstery so that it will transfer into your cloth.

Step 3

Repeat the process until the blood stain is completely removed from the upholstery. You may even have to allow the hydrogen peroxide to set in a bit longer on future applications to remove the stain fully.

Spray your upholstery with a carpet cleaning product (like Resolve). Take your car to a car wash and do an interior shampoo on the seats to remove any leftover residue from the blood and hydrogen peroxide. Spray the entire area with Lysol to kill germs on the seat when finished.


  • The quicker you treat the blood stain, the better your chances of getting the stain out completely. A saline solution (like in eye drops) can also help to get out a tough blood stain. If the blood stain is still present on your upholstery, even after this treatment, and you're really bothered by the stain, consider purchasing a seat cover to place over the upholstery. Some people swear by Folex spot remover to get rid of blood and other impossible stains from upholstery.


  • Hydrogen peroxide may damage some types of fabrics. Before you use it on a visible or large area in your car, test it on another less visible part of your upholstered seats.

Items you will need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Resolve
  • Lysol
  • Dry cloth

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