Cleaning vomit out of a rug is never fun. Best case scenario, you catch your pet in the act and manage to get it all cleaned while it’s still fresh. Other times, you don’t find it until later when it’s had time to soak into your carpet, and much harder to get out. A lot of pet owners, myself included, try to avoid using chemical store bought cleaners to get rid of the stains for the sake of their furry friends. The good news is that it really isn’t hard to clean vomit without commercial cleaners, and most of what you need is probably already lying around the house. Let’s take a look at how to clean dried vomit from carpet, especially those soaked in stains.
Caught In The Act
If you’re lucky, you’ll catch you pet in the act, hearing that tell tale noise that precedes your pet vomiting on your carpet. This is the best case scenario, as the vomit won’t have time to soak deep into the carpet fibers or even the backing of the carpet. For fresh vomit, here is what you’ll need to have handy.
-Distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide
-Spoon or silicone spatula
The first thing you’ll want to do is grab the garbage bag and your spoon or spatula. Holding the bag open, scrape as much of the vomit in as you can, and then tie the bag shut to prevent any from spilling back out. Once that’s done, fill a spray bottle with water and mix in some vinegar OR hydrogen peroxide.
Note: Do NOT use both. Only use one or the other. Mixing hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a closed container will make peracetal acid, which is not only highly corrosive, but the fumes can cause occupational asthma along with other health problems.
Once you have your spray bottle, spray the affected area until it is damp. Then blot at it with the towel, changing towels as needed. Repeat these last two steps until the affected area is completely free of vomit residue. Either throw the towels in the wash, or just toss them in the trash if you’re just using old rags, and give your carpet a good cleaning based on the manufacturer instructions.
Missed a Spot
Sometimes you don’t always get all the vomit on the first go. Either some of it splattered a little farther away, or your pet decided they didn’t want to stay put and trailed some vomit elsewhere. Don’t worry, cleaning small bits of dried vomit isn’t much more difficult than the previous steps, and really only adds one more step before repeating the process listed above. All you need to do is make sure to wet the area with water first, that way you don’t damage your carpet when scraping any larger chunks into the trash bag. Simple as that.
Vomit Left For Later
Life can be busy, and for whatever reason sometimes you can’t get to cleaning up your pet’s mess right away. While it takes a little more time and effort, it isn’t impossible to get dried vomit out that has had time to soak into the carpet fibers. You’ll need a few more things in order to prepare the area that aren’t used in the earlier methods. These things are:
The first step is to cover the affected area with a hefty amount of baking soda, then cover it with a towel. Make sure your pet can’t get to the part of the rug you are cleaning, and let the baking soda sit for a good 15-20 minutes. Once that’s done, toss the towel in the wash and vacuum up the baking soda. If you’d rather not use your vacuum, a broom and dustpan work fine in a pinch. Once that’s done, simply repeat the steps from the first method and you’re all set. When it comes to vomit that has had time to soak, it is highly recommended to give your carpet a good cleaning after to remove any residual odors.