You hope it won’t happen, but an indoor pet is highly likely to vomit inside your house. And the bigger problem happens when it decides to do it on your carpet. Pet vomit not only marks a messy stain, it also leaves a nasty smell. This is why it is important to clean the mess as soon as possible. Here’s what you can do.
- Remove the vomit. First things first, get rid of the vomit. Do this by using two pieces of cardboard to lift off the solid pieces of vomit. Be careful, though, because you don’t want to mash the vomit and push it further down the carpet. Wear rubber gloves when doing this to avoid getting inflicted with germs and bacteria. If the vomit is quite old and has hardened up, vacuum the solid pieces.
- Put baking soda. First, dampen the stain by pouring a small amount of warm water over the stained area. Then put baking soda. Baking soda will break down the vomit stain and prevent odor. Let it sit for a few hours until it dries. You can also cover it with a damp cloth or paper towel to help absorption. If baking soda is unavailable, you can use salt. Salt also works as effectively against vomit stain and odor.
- Clean off baking soda. Begin vacuuming when the baking soda has dried. But if it has matted down, consider scrubbing it off with a damp brush or sponge. Be gentle when scrubbing, making sure to remove the baking soda and residual stain without settling them down the carpet fiber.
- Use cleaning solution. You can use a carpet cleaner for this. Spray a generous amount of carpet cleaner onto the stain. Then blot the area using a paper towel or cloth. Do not scrub or rub. Instead, gently pat down the paper towel or cloth with some pressure. Repeatedly spray and blot until the carpet comes clean. Always spot test a cleaning solution before using it on your carpet. Spray it on an unnoticeable area, and see how it reacts to the carpet. If discoloration or any surface damage occurs, do not use the cleaning solution. Also, avoid using bleach on your carpet to avoid discoloration. If you prefer, you can use natural products to remove the stain in place of a commercial cleaning solution. Lemon juice and white vinegar produce exceptional results.
- Bring to a carpet professional. Doing the steps above should easily remove vomit stain from your carpet. But if for some reason, the stain persists, consider bringing your carpet to a professional cleaner. Further removing the stain on your own can cause more harm than good. If your carpet is also somewhat expensive and made from special materials, immediately bring it to a cleaner and don’t deal with the stain by yourself.
Just a reminder: If your dog or cat vomits too often, you may want to consult a veterinarian. Although healthy pets vomit for some.