How to Clean Dried Vomit from Carpets

Dried vomit is one of the toughest stains to remove. It has 3 components that you need to remove to be able to say that you have successfully won your battle against this nasty enemy of ours.

First is the gross stain, the stain differs on what we have eaten the night before, you should consider yourself lucky if it is clear in color.

Next up is the smell, the smell of your vomit is the combination of a lot of things inside your stomach and that’s why it has that nasty rotten smell, some of it is food that our stomach hasn’t actually digested yet.

Last but the most difficult to take out is the stomach enzymes. Because it came from your body and had some of your salivate, it will have some stomach enzymes that’ll attach to your carpets and is starting to feed on bacteria that is in your carpet.

Now you might think just to throw away your ruined carpet or rugs, but there is some legitimate way you can clean your carpet thoroughly. Let’s look at some steps on how to clean dried vomit from your carpet.

Steps To Take

1. Try to scrape up as much vomit as you can. Since the vomit has been dried, working with a spatula or some sort of scraper should do the trick (a dustpan will work well too!). By removing this excess vomit will help you later on.

2. Moisten the dried vomit. All stains that are fresh and wet are easier to clean, just blot the area with old damp rags or some ever reliable paper towels or anything that you could throw away after, nobody wants to reuse something with vomit stains on it. Always blot, never scrub it as it can make the stain worse.

3. Grab an Enzyme Cleaner like this one here. An Enzyme Cleaner is the perfect cleaner for getting vomit and other bodily fluids out of carpets and household items. What you want to do is this: Apply a generous amount of the enzyme cleaner to the affected area. Let it sit for a while and blot it again with a clean damp towel.

4. Repeat if necessary. Sometimes multiple applications of an enzyme cleaner might be necessary depending on how bad the vomit stain is.

5. If the smell and stain had been removed completely, then let it air dry.

6. Once it has been air dried, vacuum the spot to let your carpet regain it’s fluffy and soft texture.

Why Enzyme Cleaner?

Enzyme Cleaners are the biggest help in cleaning any home from most organic stains. If you have a family and kids or even pets, you would encounter a lot of different kinds of stain like vomit and urine. Enzyme cleaners are the perfect solution to use on these stains, even works on drool too.

Always check an inconspicuous spot before using any type of cleaner to make sure it won’t damage or color transfer your carpets. 

What About Baking Soda or Vinegar?

I’m not a fan of using baking soda or vinegar to clean things with. When mixing them it’s not a great cleaner, in fact, all it does is make salty water.

I’ve seen baking soda mixed with vomit stains bleach carpets or ruin them before. I guess it has something to do with the vomit and what people eat? Just like with any cleaner it’s best to test it out in a small hidden spot to make sure it doesn’t hurt your carpets.

Plus, if the vomit is dry the baking soda will not help much at all.

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