Susan asked, “How do you remove blood stains from a brick in a fireplace?”
Brick is a very porous stone, which allows it to stain easily. Red bricks might be able to hide a fruit punch stain, but they are probably no match for blood stains. Thankfully, there is a cleaner designed for this exact purpose, as well as some home remedies you can try. Follow the steps below.
You Will Need:
- A cleaning solution (choose one):
- Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Cleaner
- Saliva and soap
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- Meat tenderizer
- A sponge
- A towel
Steps to Remove the Blood Stain:
- Enzyme pet cleaners can work well on blood stains. These cleaners can be found in the pet aisle of most supermarkets or at pet stores. The Hard Floor Cleaner by Nature’s Miracle is specifically made to work on brick, so that would be the best choice, however any enzyme cleaner should work.
- If the blood is yours, you can use the natural enzymes in your saliva to remove the stain. Simply spit on the stain, let the saliva soak for a minute, then rub in some soap and scrub the area with a scrub brush. Rinse the area with cold water to finish. If the stain is indoors, sponge with water to rinse then pat the area dry with a towel. This process can be repeated as many times as needed and may work even if the blood isn’t yours.
- Another home remedy that can work is hydrogen peroxide. Pour some peroxide on the stain and let it soak for several minutes. If the stain is on a vertical surface, soak a paper towel with the peroxide and press it against the stain for several minutes to let it soak. After soaking, use a scrub brush to scrub the stain away and rinse with water. If the stain is indoors, sponge the area with water to rinse, then pat dry.
- Other household products that can work to remove blood stains are baking soda and meat tenderizer. To use one of these, mix a small amount of water with the powder to make a thick paste that is about the consistency of peanut butter. Spread the paste on the stain and wait an hour before wiping it off or simply let it dry and then brush/vacuum it up.
- Regular cleaning methods for bricks, such as trisodium phosphate, may also work to remove the stains. See the guide How to Clean Brick or How to Clean a Brick Fireplace for more information.
- Always test a cleaning solution on a small hidden area first to look for any adverse reaction.