Vomit on your carpet can be an upsetting surprise in any home. With seasonal sniffles in full swing and family members likely to overindulge in holiday treats, you might want to learn a few cleaning tricks! If you want to know how to deal with it without losing your lunch, keep reading!
Best Way to Clean Vomit Out of Your Carpet
The best way to go about cleaning up vomit is always to move as quickly as possible. If the mess is left to sit too long, the vomit will set into your carpet’s fibers and even deeper into the padding underneath. Stressing over the mere thought of this happening? Here’s how you can clean up as quickly as possible:
- To protect your hands from bacteria and general nastiness, grab a pair of rubber cleaning gloves to wear while cleaning.
- Use a large spoon to scrape as much of the vomit as possible off of the carpet and into a trash bag. When you’re done, make sure you tie up that bag tightly and dispose of it properly.
- In a spray bottle, dilute either hydrogen peroxide OR distilled white vinegar, never mix the two together! Doing so will create a dangerous reaction. Test this diluted solution in a hidden area before using it to clean.
- Use the solution to spray the vomited-on area of your carpet and allow the solution a moment or two to work before starting to blot at the stain with a microfiber towel. Remember to switch to a fresh towel when the first becomes too saturated.
- If the stain is too stubborn, you may need to resort to a more thorough method. We’ve provided one for you below.
How to Remove Vomit Stains From Carpet
Before treating any stains, make sure as much of the vomit has been removed from the area as possible. Start by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda around the area, especially on the stain itself, and allow this to sit for about 15 minutes.
Once it has had time to work, vacuum up the baking soda from the affected area. Use your diluted hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar solution to spray the stained area and blot the mess with a clean cloth or towel. The combination of the baking soda and diluted spray will work to both lift the stain and fight any lingering odors. You can repeat the process as needed, just allow the area to dry for some time between treatments.
How to Clean Up Dried Vomit
Life happens, and you may be running out the door with no time or maybe just arriving home to find an unpleasant surprise. In any scenario, that nasty mess is likely not going to be fresh when you get to it, so here’s how to combat stale throw-up:
- Start by pouring a generous amount of baking soda directly onto and around the affected area, then lay a towel over it before leaving it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Come back to the stain and do your best to vacuum up as much of the baking soda and dried vomit as possible, then saturate the area with your chosen diluted solution from above (hydrogen peroxide OR white vinegar, never both!).
- Allow your cleaning solution to penetrate the carpet fibers and loosen any remaining vomit before blotting the area like the methods above.
- Continue to spray and blot until the stain has fully lifted, then vacuum the area once more to finish the process. You can repeat this method if you need to.
How to Get Vomit Smell Out of Carpet
Once the vomit has been cleaned up, you may think you’re in the clear. Unfortunately, you may be being lulled into a false sense of security until the odor decides to come back and haunt you. Yes, even after cleaning up the mess itself, the smell of it can still be trapped in the carpet fibers. Here’s what to do when your nose is under attack:
- Start by applying warm or hot water to the area using a sponge to loosen up any residue trapped in the carpet.
- Allow the water to dry and then sprinkle a bit of baking soda around the area, using a a soft brush to work it deeper into the fibers.
- Allow the baking soda to sit on the carpet for about 30 minutes, then vacuum it up as best as you can.
- If the odor is particularly strong or stubborn, you may want to opt for an enzyme-based carpet and upholstery cleaner. Be sure to read any and all instructions and warnings before using any unfamiliar products!
- After spraying the product around the area, cover it with a damp towel for a few hours. Make sure you are keeping the towel damp so that the enzymes continue to work.
Can You Get Sick From Cleaning Up Vomit?
Yes, especially if an appropriate disinfectant is not used to clean up potentially contaminated areas. Highly contagious norovirus, can make you sick. Norovirus, also known as the “stomach flu” or “winter vomiting bug,” is a leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.
The University of Minnesota Extension provides these guidelines to prevent illness while cleaning up vomit:
- Safeguard yourself by using gloves, a mask, and protective clothing.
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces.
- Maintain a two-hour restriction, preventing pets and other individuals from accessing the area after cleaning.
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