A vomit stain is painful to look at and smell. And you most likely do anything possible to keep your house free of vomit stains. But if you have kids or pets and if you yourself have a habit of throwing up, there is a great chance that you have to deal with vomit stains more than most people do. Fortunately, there are effective ways to get rid of vomit. Here are a few of them.
- Carpet. Sadly, throwing up happens on the carpet most of the time. Whether it is of a luxurious type or a hand-me-down, carpet should be immediately cleaned of vomit stains. Do this by first vacuuming off any solid vomit debris from the carpet. Then, begin to wipe the stained area using a damp sponge. Remember to do this lightly, as you don’t want to push the stain further down the fabric. Then, dip the same sponge into a mixture of mild detergent/dish soap and water. Wring out the excess liquid, then gently pat down the stained area. Repeatedly do the dip-wring-pat process until the stain disappears. Then, rinse the area with a damp cloth. After which, blot the area using a paper towel until it becomes dry. To eliminate odor, sprinkle baking soda over the area. Leave it for 30 minutes to a whole day. And finally, vacuum the baking soda off.
- Fabric. If the vomit stain is on your clothing, table cloth, or any type of fabric, cleaning is normally done based on the type of material. Generally, though, you can follow basic washing instructions. First, you need to scrape off as much vomit debris as possible. Then, rinse the whole fabric in a tub of cold water. Fill the same tub with new water and put a tablespoon of detergent and ¼ cup of ammonia. Dip a soft-bristled brush into the tub, and begin scrubbing the fabric from the front side to the back. Then, soak the fabric in the soapy water and leave for around 30 minutes to one hour. If, however, the stain doesn’t disappear within that timeframe, put stain remover and set aside for five minutes. If the stain is finally gone, you can proceed to rinsing the fabric with water. Hang it dry.
- Hard surface. Vomit can also happen in any hard surface made of different materials such as aluminum, bronze, tile, copper, glass, iron, linoleum, porcelain, and vinyl. To remove vomit stains from these materials, you need to first scrape off the vomit solids. You can scoop them out using a plastic spoon or lift them off using a cardboard. Then, in a small bucket, mix one tablespoon of detergent or dish soap and around three cups of water. Dip a soft cloth into the bucket and use it to wipe the stain off. When the stain is completely removed, rinse it with a damp cloth. Then, pat it dry with a paper towel.
Vomit should be immediately removed, because it will be much harder to get rid of it if it has hardened up and the stain has penetrated the stained material. Especially if you have pets, which have a habit of vomiting in the most unlikely and unnoticed places, you need to regularly check your house for vomit.