Cleaning up vomit is one of the most unpleasant tasks. Today’s article will teach you how to clean vomit from carpet like a real pro and enjoy a vomit-free carpet in record time.
With the right tools, you will clean those icky stains effectively and efficiently. Like other stains, it’s best to tackle the mess as soon as possible. That being said, let’s get to work.
How to Clean Vomit From Carpet?
There’s a bunch of messes that no one wants to tackle. However, one stands out and that’s vomit on the carpet. Let’s learn how to clean vomit from carpet quickly and successfully.
Spoiler alert: Check the manufacturer’s instructions for your carpeting. Additionally, always make a spot test when cleaning area rugs and carpets to determine if it’s damaging or not.
Step 1: Remove the Excess Vomit Using Any of the Following Methods
Put on Disposable or Latex Gloves
Cover your hands to protect yourself from the mess. The gloves not only keep your hands away from the mess but also protects you from bacteria and germs.
Scrape off as Much Mess as Possible
As soon as the unpleasant substance hits the carpet, get a scraper or something flat-sided. Scrape off as much mess as possible and put the thick pieces into a plastic bag or dustpan.
Pick up the Mess With Paper Towels or a Regular Towel
Pick up the mess with a bunch of paper towels or a regular towel. After collecting all the vomit you can into the towel, put it into the washer. If you use paper towels, throw them in the trash.
Use Cardboard Pieces to Scoop up the Mess
Use old soda or cereal boxes or the back of a notebook as a scoop. Place the cardboard piece under the thickest parts. Then, throw them into the trash. You can create 2 pieces, one to push the mess onto the other like a makeshift, disposable dustpan, and a broom for better results.
Obtain a Plastic Bag
If you don’t have cardboard on hand, turn a plastic bag inside out on your hand. Use this “glove” to pick up the vomit. Then, turn the plastic bag right side out and tie the handles.
Throw the DIY glove into the trash can. Make sure that the plastic bag isn’t ripped anywhere. Otherwise, you will end up with vomit on yourself. Or worse, you can spill the mess everywhere.
Use a Spatula
You can also pick up the vomit with a spatula. Just slide the flat side under the mess. Then, lift it off the carpet. Use a spoon to scoop it up. Avoid spatulas with slits. Otherwise, the vomit will fall through. Once you’re done, don’t forget to wash and disinfect the spatula or spoon.
Cover the Place With Sand
Immediately after you or someone else spills their guts on the carpet, cover the area in sand. It will mix and clump with the vomit. Then, utilize a brush and dustpan to sweep it up.
Don’t Rub the Mess Into the Carpet
Despite which product you will use, avoid rubbing it on the surface. Pushing down when removing the excess vomit can push it into the fibers.
Step 2: Dry the Excess Moisture
Cover the Place With Baking Soda
Baking soda and vinegar cleaning recipes can do wonders for your home. Baking soda especially if ideal for vomit stains. It dries up the excess moisture, resulting in clumps.
Put a small amount over the vomit stain. Let it on for 10-15 minutes, or until the clumps have started to dry. Then, utilize a household vacuum cleaner to remove all the clumps.
If there aren’t dense chunks to start with, spread baking soda all over the place and leave it overnight. It will soak into the vomit and turn it into clumps that you can vacuum.
Utilize Cornstarch to Dry the Moisture
Another manner to dry up the remaining moisture is to apply cornstarch over the place. Cover the place completely and let the product dry for 10-15 minutes before you vacuum.
Remove the Remaining Vomit
Utilize warm water and a clean rag to remove the remaining vomit. Pour or spray warm water onto the place. Utilizing a clean rag, begin blotting out the excess moisture.
Avoid scrubbing because it could press the debris into the surface. When the towel gets too dirty, repeat the process with a clean one. Put some force and press down hard but don’t scrub.
Utilize white towels so you don’t pass any dyes or patterns to your carpet. Also, if you don’t have a clean rag on hand, use paper towels as a replacement and get the job done.
Step 3: Remove the Stain
Utilize Club Soda
Pour club soda directly onto the spot or fill a spray bottle with club soda and spray the stain. Press paper towels or a clean rag to the stain, blotting up the excess moisture until the stain has vanished. Add more club soda if necessary and utilize a dry, clean rag or paper towels as needed.
Try a Dry Cleaning Solvent
Apply Dryel onto a clean rag. It’s a dry cleaning agent. Then, blot the place with the rag until the agent has been settled in.
Mix equal parts of cold water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the place with the solution and give it 15 minutes to act. Then, utilize a dry cloth to dab the stain, absorbing the vinegar.
After you have absorbed most of the solution, utilize a stiff brush to rub off the vomit stain until it starts to loosen. Adding 6 drops of purification essential oil will neutralize the unpleasant odor while 8 drops of thieves essential oil will kill 99% of germs. Don’t overspray or scrub with the cloth.
Mix 1 part water or dish soap with 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Apply the mixture over the stain and give it 30 minutes to act. Then, rub the place with a rug, causing a lather to create. Blot up the excess moisture with a dry towel. Apply water over the stain afterward to remove the soap foam.
Homemade Vomit Cleaner
Make a vomit cleaner by mixing 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 cups of warm water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish detergent, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. Spread the mixture over the stain with a sponge. Blot the area with a dry towel until the moisture has been removed.
Once you’re done, rinse the affected area. Cover it in water, then blot up with a dry, clean towel. Repeat the process a couple of times until you’re sure that your carpet is 100% clean.
Use Fabric or Carpet Cleaner
Opt for car upholstery cleaners or enzyme-based stain removers for pets. They’re the most effective and provide excellent results. Please, follow the instructions on the label for safe application.
Carpet Cleaning Machine
As a teen, I was working at a hotel as a housekeeper and I remember utilizing a carpet cleaning machine for stubborn stains. You can also use a vapor steam cleaner. If you don’t have one, you can either buy or rent one at the closest supermarket.
Ammonia Will Help
Mix 1 cup of water with a tablespoon of ammonia. Pour or spray the solution over the stain and utilize a towel or sponge to dab it over it. Then, rinse with cold water and blot with paper towels or regular ones. Avoid ammonia if you have pets. Otherwise, your old stain will become their new urinating spot.
Remove the Stain With a Regular Iron
Spray the stain with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water. Place a damp white towel over the spot and use your steam iron.
Iron over the stain for 30 seconds and repeat if necessary. The stain will transfer from the carpet to the clean towel. Slide the iron back and forth instead of holding it in one place.
Otherwise, you will burn or scorch the towel. NEVER iron your carpet directly. Always place something between the iron and the carpet.
What Kills the Smell of Vomit?
I don’t have to tell you that vomit smells bad even after you clean it from your carpet. The terrible odor will linger in the air if you don’t take further precautions such as the following.
Apply Baking Soda
Once you’re done cleaning the vomit, it’s time to neutralize the unpleasant smell by sprinkling a certain amount of baking soda on the affected area. Let it sit overnight and vacuum in the morning.
Spray With Vinegar
If baking soda won’t help or you don’t have it at home, vinegar will do the trick. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar. Pour or spray the mixture onto the spot. It will help remove or lessen the smell.
Mix equal parts of baking soda and borax. Apply the mixture over the affected place. Leave it for about 60 minutes before vacuuming.
Do you know cheap vodka is a great cleaning solution? Just spray a small amount of the cheapest vodka on the market onto your carpet. Leave it on for 15 minutes before you blot up any excess moisture with paper towels. Let it air-dry. Or apply some baking soda on top, then vacuum up.
Use a Deodorizer
Invest in a high-quality carpet deodorizer to neutralize the odor if these ingredients don’t deliver. Avoid air fresheners as they can mix with the vomit smell and make it worse. A good spray will help neutralize the unpleasant smell over time.
7 Extra Tips and Tricks
As you have probably concluded from the cleaning steps so far, cleaning vomit needs a lot of work and a strong stomach. The following 10 tips and tricks can speed up and ease the process.
- For a dry vomit stain, use a scraper instead of a spoon to pick it up in just one go!
- Distract your nose. Everyone takes smells differently, but you will probably agree that vomit is one of the worst. Thus, when cleaning vomit, protect your nose. Otherwise, you may contribute to the mess by making another mess. Apply some essential oil, perfume, minty toothpaste, or a fragranced lotion under your nose.
- The sooner you clean the vomit, the better. Letting it sit can intensify the smell, make the stain a lot worse, and promote bacteria growth.
- Once you’re done cleaning the spot, dispose of all the leftovers. Also, clean the carpet vacuum cleaner and take the trash out. Otherwise, the smell will spread around your home. It’s smart to use old clothes and rags for cleaning, so you don’t hesitate to throw them away or not.
- If you can still sense the smell of vomit near the spot, take a medium-sized bowl and add coffee grounds, white vinegar, or baking soda. Let the bowl sit near the site for 60 minutes. It will soak up the unpleasant smell.
- If you can’t remove the unpleasant smell or just don’t want to deal with the whole process, take your beloved carpet to a professional cleaning service. They will clean and sanitize the carpet for you. You won’t save money but you will at least save time.
- You can sanitize the carpet at home with borax, baking soda, and cornmeal. Mix the ingredients and sprinkle the mixture across the carpet. Utilize a dry cloth to rub it in. Let it sit overnight and vacuum in the morning. Then, in a steam cleaner’s tank, place a mix of water and vinegar. Then, steam the entire carpet and let it dry.
Gloves on, Vomit Off
Cleaning vomit from any surface isn’t something pleasant to do! Hopefully, this guide can help you learn how to clean vomit from carpet successfully.
I have tried all of the methods that I mentioned in this article. Some worked for me and my situation and some didn’t. Try different methods to find what works for you.
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