How to Get Vomit out of Carpet, Rugs, and Upholstery

Being a parent or a dog or cat owner means you are going to have to clean up vomit from your floor at some point, probably more than once. When the crime has been committed on a carpeted area, it’s usually possible to restore the scene to its original condition. Here are some tips on how to clean vomit, remove the stains, and get rid of lingering odors caused by the unavoidable accident of an animal or child.

Note: Old stains and stains that have been set by heat are in the “difficult, if not impossible” category. That’s why it is so important to act quickly after the accident occurs.

1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the carpet (or rug or upholstery ) without spreading the mess.

2. Always sponge the stains promptly with cool water.

3. Sponge the stain in a solution made by adding half a cup of salt to two quarts of water. Rinse with plain water. This simple treatment will remove most of the stain. Or soak with cool water for 30 minutes or more.

4. After sponging or soaking, work undiluted liquid detergent into the stain and rinse.

5. How to clean vomit on nonwashable materials: sponge the stain with cool water or put a sponge over it and squirt cool water through the cloth with a small syringe or medicine dropper. If this does not remove the stain, work liquid detergent into it and rinse. A final sponging with alcohol helps to remove the detergent, and the fabric dries faster.

6. Keep blotting with clean rag or sponge. Rinse rag or sponge frequently.

NOTE: Some products like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, bleach or alcohol can actually bleach or change the color in some fabrics, so be sure to test fabric in an area that is not visible. When using any chemical or liquid on fabric you should PROCEED WITH CAUTION. If you are unsure as to how your carpet or upholstery might be affected you should call a professional cleaning technician in your area.

Additional Methods for How to Get Vomit out of Carpet, Rugs, and Upholstery:

Recommended Steps:

1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the carpet without spreading the mess.

2. Pour dry cleaning fluid over the stain.

3. Blot the stain with a dry, white cloth.

4. Apply a small amount of mild liquid detergent to the stain.

5. Blot again with the cloth.

6. Flood the stain with water.

7. Blot again with the cloth.

8. Pour a small amount of ammonia over the stain.

9. Blot again.

10. Apply a little more detergent to the stain.

11. Blot again.

12. Flood the area with water.

13. Blot one last time.

Additional Tips for How to Get Vomit out of Carpet, Rugs, and Upholstery:

1. Always test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous part of the carpet before using them on a large area.

2. Use a white cloth rather than a colored one to prevent any dyes from coming off on the carpet.

3. As you blot, keep turning the cloth so that you are using a clean, dry section to pick up the stain and the cleaning fluids from the carpet. Don’t rub.

4. If using a brush to help clean the stain, always brush from the outer edges of the spill inward to prevent the stain from spreading.

One last tip: In a spray bottle, make a solution of 1/3 alcohol, 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 cool water. Use this solution as the cleaning agent. It generally works very well and negates the use of chemical cleaning agents. Just spray it on, wait a few minutes and use a clean damp cloth to wipe the area. You may have to repeat a few times, but it usually works.Being the doting owner of two cats, I always keep this solution on hand — and use it often.

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