This is my complete guide on how to remove vomit from your carpet.
So, if you're looking for :
- the best way to clean vomit out of your carpet,
- have your carpet back to its first days
- eradicate this persistent smell
then you'll love the actionable methods in my guide.
Let's get started.
Method 1: Immediately Clean Out vomit out of the carpet
First advice : you should not let the vomit set on the carpet completely because it will settle deep into the carpet fibers.
The end result is that the vomit stain 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
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.
Method 2: clean out surprise vomit
I am pertaining to a surprise vomit that came fresh out of the mouth. Gross, I know.
But I am 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 on method 1, but you just have to add a few additional steps.
What You Need
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
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 to remove all of the baking soda.
Follow the same steps from method one.
Method 4: clean out vomit that left an odor
So now, you have cleaned your carpet and the vomit.
But as you were packing up your cleaning materials, a foul stench wafted in the air.
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
Once you cleaned out everything and and everything is dry, you can 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 the 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.
and what if there is still smell left?
Let's say that you followed method 4 but still the smell remains. This time, you have to use some chemicals(1) that directly attacks the odor.
What You Need
There are 2 ways to do this and you can choose between using a carpet cleaner or dish soap mixed with water. I suggest going with the former as that is definitely stronger.
Put the carpet cleaner directly on the area where the vomit was.
Leave it like that until it completely dries.
Check if there is still a smell.
Step 7If there is, apply ammonia on the area and blot it again using towels. Repeat steps three to five. Let it dry.
General Cleaning Guidelines
Yes, this is not ideal, but the longer that the vomit(3) 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.
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.
I 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.
If you are working with cleaning powders that can help clean out the vomit, 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 stain remover.
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Now I Would Like To Hear From You...
Now you know all bout removing vomit from your carpet.
- So...have you been in this situation ?
- Have you applied one of my methods ?
- If so which one ?
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