The Unexpected Perks of Cleaning Vomit: How to Clean Vomit Stains from Carpet

Jun 13, 2022
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A lot of people have to deal with vomit stains at some point in their lives, whether they’re cleaning up after friends or family members, or cleaning up after their children. Regardless of who’s responsible, it’s never fun to spend your time and energy trying to get rid of vomit stains that could otherwise be put to good use on something else more important – like more sleep! But with the right knowledge and skillset, you can get rid of these vomit stains faster than you might think. Follow the tips in this article to learn how to clean vomit from the carpet.

This Is Why You Need To Be Careful

Whether you have children or not, it’s inevitable that at some point you will have an accident. Cleaning vomit and cleaning puke stains are unfortunately something many people have to do. However, instead of following your first instinct and throwing up your hands in horror, take a deep breath and relax. You can get those stains out, I promise! But remember; act quickly. If there is still a smell of sick coming from your carpet after 6 hours, call in a professional cleaning company because you may need more than what one can handle with home remedies.

Remove the Soiled Area from the Carpet

When dealing with vomit, it’s important to get as much of it up and out of your carpet as possible. This prevents stains from setting in, which will make them even harder (and more expensive) to remove later on. So scrape, blot, or vacuum up any vomitus that may have gotten on your carpet. Then use a clean rag and cold water (or vinegar if you’re concerned about color) to dab at any remaining wet spots. A good rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t disappear when you rub with a dry rag, you haven’t removed enough moisture yet. Repeat until no visible liquid remains on your carpet. At this point, try not to let new liquid seep into those areas—this could set stains! If someone in your home becomes ill again, keep an eye on him/her so they don’t re-soil your carpet. And remember to keep pets away from affected areas until they’ve been cleaned; they’ll likely walk through whatever mess has been left behind and track it around your house. Gross!

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Spot Treat With OxiClean Max Force Foam Stain Remover

Spot cleaning vomit is a lot easier than you think. A little bit of OxiClean Max Force Foam Stain Remover on your regular cleaner works wonders. Just spray it on, scrub a little and leave it alone for five minutes. When you come back, most of it will be gone. If any remains, just give it another spray or two. The great thing about stain removers like Max Force is that they don’t simply cover up stains; they remove them entirely so you can clean vomit from carpet with ease! And once you’re done cleaning, let everything dry completely before putting anything back on your floor. That includes pets!

Remember that vomiting itself isn’t toxic (unless it’s due to some kind of illness), but it still leaves behind an odor that no one wants lingering in their home. So clean vomit stains from the carpet as soon as possible, and you’ll never have to worry about how sick people make your house smell again!

Pre-Treat with Odor Neutralizer

Removing vomit stains can be tricky, but it’s important to get that sour smell out of your carpet. One common trick is to apply an odor neutralizer before attempting to clean puke stains. Before applying any cleaning solution, blot up as much of the spill as possible and spray/sprinkle an odor neutralizer like Febreze onto your carpet. It will absorb some of that nasty smell and make it easier for you to remove those puke stains once you get started cleaning!

Sponge Away with Warm Water and Soap

First, blot up as much vomit as you can with a dry towel or paper towels. Next, pour warm water onto it—warm water helps open up the pores in vomit so that stains can be removed better. Finally, use a cleaning solution of soap and water to clean puke stains off your carpet. Make sure you rinse well with warm water once you’re done cleaning. Don’t leave any residue!

Rinse Again to be Certain All of the Stain is Gone

Even if you feel confident that you’ve removed all traces of vomit from your carpet, it’s important to rinse a second time. When you puke on your carpet, bile and stomach acid are also splattered around with your partially digested food. Rinsing again is a way to get rid of these leftovers so they don’t smell up your home or attract insects. In general, use cool water for rinsing because hot water can set stains; however, to effectively rinse vomit out of the carpet (and most anything else), hot water is best.

Just be careful not to use too much soap! Hot water will allow soap to better emulsify grease and other organic material—but overuse will leave residue behind. Be sure to thoroughly rinse away any residue as well. This is where vinegar comes in handy again: Not only does it neutralize odors, but it helps remove soap residue as well. Make sure to let everything dry completely before walking on it—you’ll want new shoes anyway since yours will smell like sick forever now. If there isn’t a chance you’ll wear those shoes outside (or they’re really old), throw them away!

Disinfect With Hydrogen Peroxide

If you can’t make it through a bout of food poisoning unscathed, don’t worry. There are many things you can do to restore order to your little corner of chaos. But if one thing above all else is important while you’re sick, it’s disinfecting any surfaces that have come into contact with your bodily fluids. This means cleaning up vomit as quickly as possible so that your room or car doesn’t start smelling like sick. The best way? Hydrogen peroxide. It’s antiseptic in a liquid form, which means it kills germs on contact—even tough ones like salmonella and E-coli. Just be sure to use 3% hydrogen peroxide (the kind used for cleaning wounds) and not hair bleach. And remember, there are only two times when you should use hydrogen peroxide on the carpet: When cleaning blood stains (it’s pretty good at that) and when disinfecting vomit stains. That said, before applying anything to your carpet, test it out first in an inconspicuous area just to be safe.

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Repeat if Necessary

If your carpet is still stained, try mixing 2 teaspoons of ammonia with 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl. Pour some on your stain and rub it in. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum it up. If that doesn’t work, mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and apply to stain with a sponge or rag. Let it sit for 20 minutes before scrubbing. (Be sure not to use straight vinegar—it will cause discoloration.) Then soak up any excess moisture with paper towels. Rinse well with warm water after you blot dry—and remember to always test cleaners on an inconspicuous part of your carpet first! The smell of sickness may have lingered on your carpet but hopefully, now it’s gone forever. Happy cleaning!

Deodorize With Vinegar And Baking Soda

First, remove as much solid material as possible by gently blotting with paper towels. Then use equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to loosen stains and mask odors. Finally, sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain and let sit for several hours before vacuuming. Repeat until no odor is left behind.

Bottom Line

You don’t need to live with smells that make you nauseous and grossed out. You can stop your house from smelling like someone threw up by using an everyday cleaning tool, and you can do it without even touching a drop of sick. It’s easier than you think because all you need is baking soda! The first step in getting rid of the vomit smell is figuring out how long it’s been there. Baking soda has powerful deodorizing properties, but once it comes into contact with other substances (like vomit), those properties disappear fast.

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