There are many messes that might make you pull your hair out. It might be a smelly kitchen sink, dog poop on the tile floor, or even blood stains from your children’s wound. But what is so unsettling is definitely a pile of vomit on the floor or even on your carpet. This is what nightmares are made of!
But this big of a mess must have stemmed from your sick child who is suffering from the stomach flu. At the same time, it might be from your pet who ate something that upset its stomach. Most probably, it might have even come from you as you had enjoyed yourself too much last night.
No matter how you look at it, you really have to deal with this gross mess. This is why we are going to tell you the best way to clean vomit out of the carpet. But before doing so, do take note to read the manufacturer’s instructions for your carpet cleaner machine. Also remember that it is great to do a spot test first when cleaning carpets or area rugs so that in the long run, you are sure that doing a specific method will not destroy them.
With that said, let us now take a look at the different methods on how to remove vomit from your carpet. It might take a lot of time but we promise you that the results will be worth it. Read on!
Clean Vomit Out of Carpet: The Four Best Methods
Let us now take a look at the four best methods on how to clean vomit out of the carpet. You really do not have to stress too much for the things that you need as most of the methods require you to use household items that are readily available anywhere. You might be even surprised that you already have everything you need.
Method 1: Immediately Clean Out Vomit Out of the Carpet
If the title is not a dead giveaway, we do not know how to stress the urgency of taking the vomit out as soon as possible. Surely, you should not let it set on the carper completely because it will settle deep into the fibers of your carpet. The end result is that it will be harder to remove. More than that, it might even reach the padding at the bottom, and in this case, you really have to pull apart the carpet just to clean it thoroughly.
What You Need
- Dishwashing gloves
- Trash bag
- Spray bottle
- Hydrogen peroxide or distilled white vinegar
- Old dish towels or microfiber cloth
- Take out your dishwashing gloves and put them on. Would you like to risk touching the vomit with your bare hands? No? We thought so.
- You can then use the spoon in order to scrape out the vomit and dump it into the trash bag. You have to remove as much as you can. Once you are done, make sure to secure the bag tightly.
- Now it is time to make your cleaning solution. You can either use hydrogen peroxide or distilled white vinegar. You can dilute it with water and put the mixture inside a spray bottle. Remember to not mix the hydrogen peroxide and the distilled white vinegar, you only have to use one.
- Do a spot test.
- Once the spot test is successful, spray the solution over the affected area until it is damp.
- Take out your towels and blot the area. Once they are completely saturated, take another towel and continue blotting.
- Continue this process until the area is no longer that wet.
- Now, you can deep clean your carpet based on how it should be cleaned.
Method 2: Clean Out Surprise Vomit
We are not pertaining to a surprise vomit that came fresh out of the mouth. Gross, we know. But we are referring to some vomit that got left out during the entire cleaning process. This might just be a smidge or even splatters. But definitely, these are the ones that you noticed that you have left out after the fact. What is great about this is that you can do the same steps as that o method one, but you just have to add a few additional steps.
What You Need
- Same as the materials in method one
- Check how deep the dried vomit penetrated the carpet. If it did not reach the padding, then you are good to go.
- You should first dampen the area with the use of cold water before you use the spoon to scoop the dried vomit out.
- Make sure that you dampen the area starting from the outer edge so that the vomit will not scatter once it is wet again.
- Just repeat the entire cleaning process of method one.
Method 3: Clean Out Vomit that is a Few Hours or Days Old
Now, we are really getting into reality. The truth of the matter is, you cannot really outright clean up after someone immediately after they vomited. If you are dealing with a sick child, chances are you might be rushing out the door to take him or her to the hospital. This will leave the vomit to stay on the same spot for hours or even days. Do not fear, because there is still hope for the cleanliness of your carpet.
What You Need
- Clean towel
- Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner
- The same materials and tools in method one
- Before anything else, take out your baking soda and pour it over the area. Yes, you do not have to remove the vomit. Just dunk the baking soda on top of it.
- You can then put a towel on top of the baking soda and leave it there for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure that you enclose that area so that pets or children will not play with it.
- Once you are ready to deal with the stain, you can then take the towel and toss it out. Next is to vacuum the baking soda. Take note that your vacuum will contain vomit, so better dump the contents immediately after use.
- Make sure that all of the baking soda is removed.
- Follow the same steps from method one.
Method 4: Clean Out Vomit that Left an Odor
So now, you have cleaned your carpet o the vomit. But as you were packing up your cleaning materials, a foul stench wafted in the air. Yikes! Of course, when there is vomit, there is also odor. There are certain tips and tricks that you can do along with cleaning the vomit out that can deal with the foul smell.
What You Need
- Baking soda
- Distilled white vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Once everything is cleaned out and dry. You can then add baking soda to the affected area again. Baking soda is best used because it is an alkaline which can help in stopping acids in vomit. It can neutralize the smell instead of just covering it up.
- Let the baking soda sit overnight.
- Use your vacuum to take it out.
- Next step to this long process is to mix one part white distilled vinegar to two part of water and place that in a spray bottle.
- Spray that on the area in order to get rid of the smell and also disinfect the area.
- Blot with paper towels and let dry.
- You can then add a bit of baking soda again to get rid of the smell of the vinegar. Remove the baking soda with the use of a vacuum.
- Take out your favorite deodorizer and it is now time to make your carpet smelling fresh again. Spray lightly on the area and be sure to not oversaturate it. Make sure that the odor is already neutralized before doing this step because if there is still odor left, then using the deodorizer might aggravate the vomit smell.
- Let it dry.
What if there is Still Smell Left?
Let us say that you religiously followed method four but still the smell remains. No matter how you repeat all the 10 steps, the odor is still there. You might just need a little more punch to the cleaning materials that you are using. This time, you have to use some chemicals that directly attacks the odor.
What You Need
- Water or club soda
- Pet carpet cleaner or enzymatic carpet cleaner
- White clean cloths
- Clean towels
- Dish soap that is mild
- There are two ways to do this and you can choose between using a carpet cleaner or dish soap mixed with water. We suggest going with the former as that is definitely stronger.
- Put the carpet cleaner directly on the area where the vomit was.
- Take a clean towel and blot the area until no liquid appears. You might go over a lot of towels just to make sure that there will be no moisture left.
- After the area is generally dry, take another clean towel and put it on top of the area. Then, take a heavy object and put that on top of the towel.
- Leave it like that until it completely dries.
- Check if there is still a smell.
- If there is, apply ammonia on the area and blot it again using towels. Repeat steps three to five.
- Let it dry.
- You just have to make sure that if you are repeating the steps you are allowing that area to completely dry up because you do not want to trap moisture.
General Cleaning Guidelines
By this time, you already know the gist of what you should do when dealing with messes such as that of vomit. But in order to condense the information, here are the general things you should take note of if you want to do a good job in cleaning out vomit off of your carpet.
Deal with it Immediately
Yes, this is not ideal, but the longer that the vomit its on your rug or carpet, the more that it will be harder to remove. The present acids in the vomit will start to penetrate through the layers of the carpet and even through the fibers. This means that even though you deep clean, you are not assured that it will get everything out because it already clung to the fibers. This will result in you, repeating the steps over again just so you can completely remove the vomit.
Blotting is Key
Keep in mind that you are not only taking out the vomit itself, but you are also getting rid of whatever liquid is left behind. This is a bit tricky because you are working against nature since liquid can easily get into the fabric of the carpet. But you can fight this by blotting properly. You should not push hard and at the same time, you should not rub the towel in. Also, you should keep on replacing the towel that you are using when it is already damp so that you are consistently taking out liquid and not introducing more dampness to the carpet.
Do Not Forget to Do a Spot Test
We cannot stress how important this step is. It might not be listed repeatedly in the steps, but before introducing any cleaning solution to your carpet, you should always test it on an inconspicuous area. In this way, you will see if the solution will potentially destroy your carpet. At the same time, you will also see if the color will fade. Further, make sure for the spot test to dry completely because the effect changes based on the solution and the fabric of your carpet.
Let Things Set and Dry
If you are working with cleaning powders, baking soda, or any other solid powdery substance that can help clean out the vomit, you have to make sure that you will let it set for at least a couple of minutes before taking them out. This is important because without letting it set, the powder cannot completely suck out all the moisture. At the same time, it will not be able to completely break down the acids in the vomit.
In addition, you should also let the area completely dry before adding more liquid cleaning solutions. What happens if you do not let it dry is that the fabric does not have enough time to purge the moisture as well as the liquid from the cleaning solution. This might result in not completely getting rid of the acids in the vomit. Therefore, it might be time-consuming to clean it out, but you really have to wait in between cleaning solutions to dry before using another wet cleaning solution.
More Tips and Tricks
Here are more tips and tricks to aid you with this very gross mess on your carpet. Just keep in mind to always test these tips on a small part to make sure that it will not ruin your carpet. Also, exercise caution by wearing protective gear like gloves.
- Instead of using a spoon, you can use a scraper for vomit that is already dried up. In this way, you can pick it up in just one go.
- If you do not have a scraper, you can just easily cut a piece of cardboard from a box. It does not matter what box it is, it can even be a cereal box. You just need something that is firm but hard enough to fight the fibers of the carpet.
- When you do not have gloves to use, you can simply DIY it by taking a small plastic bag and wrapping your hand with it. You can also scoop the vomit directly with this and just pull the plastic bag inside out.
- When you do not have baking soda on hand, you can also substitute it with sand. You might have that if you have a sand pit at your backyard or even back up sand for your fish tank.
- You can also use cornstarch to remove moisture.
- Club soda is better than water because it contains something in it that can breakdown the acids in the vomit.
- You can also iron the stain out. Use the vinegar and water solution to act as a cleaning agent. Just make sure that you do not iron directly on the stain, use a towel in between the iron and the carpet.
Removing vomit from your carpet can really be a hassle. But there are really no shortcuts when this happens. It takes a lot of time and even more steps just to finish a whole cleaning process. But again, you do not have to worry because if you do all steps correctly, you will be let with a fresh and clean carpet again.