When kids get carsick, it’s inevitable that they would throw up and vomit all over the upholstery of the vehicle. This makes the smell inside unbearable and this might even make other people lose their own lunch. The stain that this “accident” leaves behind is very unsightly, and the scent might stick to the car’s interiors, so such a problem needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.
To deal with vomit in your car, follow these tips.
- Before doing anything drastic to the surface, scoop out any of the debris that you can still recover from the car. Wear gloves as protection as you retrieve the gloppy mess left behind by the vomit. Don’t try to squeeze it out of the fabric; simply sweep it away by hand unto a rag or a small container. Whatever that gets left behind is best pulled up through vacuum cleaning. This ensures that none of the stain seeps through the fabric.
- Baking soda works wonders getting rid of these odors. Buy a couple of boxes and leave them open inside your car. All the bad smells should be absorbed by the powder after an overnight’s exposure.
- To get rid of the actual stain, you may try using the following concoction: ¼ cup of ammonia, and one cup of warm water in a warm basin or bowl. With damp cloth, apply this to the stained area. This should weaken the grip of the vomit and make it easier to remove. After dabbing it and applying the solution over the stain, scrub the stained spot. You should be able to see the stain dissipate before your very eyes.
- After this, you have to rinse the stained area. Dip a sponge in clean water and place it on top of the stain. The water from the sponge should flush out the remaining residue of the vomit on your car’s interior. If you do not get all of the stain out in one go, you can try repeating this step. Multiple washings and rinsing should take care of the job. Keeping the cleaning solution on the surface of the stain can also make the stain lose its affinity to the surface of your car.
- Once you’ve gotten rid of the stain, let the surface of your car rest and air dry. Using a blower or dryer can warp the surface of the fabric and also change the color of the finish so just be patient with the drying process.
The best thing to do, of course, is to avoid this incident at all cost. If you foresee someone getting carsick, you can bring anti-nausea medications with you so that your passengers will not feel sick while onboard. There are also special sprays and fabric treatments that allow you to protect the surface of your car. This makes the surfaces easier to clean in case of any emergencies.If you can’t commit the time to do this yourself, keep in mind that there are professional auto detailing shops who will be more than willing to this for you for a small fee.