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Dealing with vomit on your fabulous carpet is one of the nastiest experiences any homeowner could ever come across. And whether it’s a dog or a human being’s vomit, cleaning the messy goo is never a pleasant adventure.
So, how do you clean vomit off your woolen carpets?
You just have to ensure that you’ve taken away all the solid food particles off the carpet first. Afterward, you’ve got to prevent the vomited fluid from seeping down into the carpet pile before you finally clean it.
What do I mean? Well, read on and find out!
Things You Will Need
Before you start cleaning this undesirable mess from your carpet, you should first make sure that you have these things at your disposal:
- A spoon
- Warm water
- Disposable gloves
- Cleaning overalls/apron
- Face mask
- Clean towels
- Baking soda
- Liquid/Detergent dish soap
How to Clean Vomit from Wool Carpets
It may seem difficult (and icky), but cleaning out vomit from wool carpets is relatively easy. All you need to do is follow these steps:
1. Put on protective gear. You must protect your body and clothes from any accidental spills when you’re removing vomit from your woolen carpet. Wear some clean disposable gloves on both your hands, a face mask, and a cleaning apron over your clothes. This will protect you from the bad smells and bacteria-filled fluids.
2. Scrape off the top vomit. You’ll need to use a spoon to scoop up all the solid food wastes and dump them into a separate plastic bag. I’d suggest using a disposable plastic spoon for this task. If you don’t have one, you should make a point of disinfecting the one you’ll use after finishing cleaning the puke.
3. Absorb any excess vomit. Take a fresh towel and place it on top of the soiled area. Dab it onto the vomit and allow it to absorb all that filthy stuff up. To be safe, you’d rather use some paper towels that you can just throw away after you’re done wiping. Otherwise, you must wash and disinfect the towels you use here too just to be cautious.
4. Apply warm water over the vomit. Warm water helps to break the puke’s stickiness (and dry puke) to give you an easier time cleaning. Don’t oversaturate the carpet and ensure that you absorb off as much as you can using a towel. Avoid rubbing the carpet when applying the water also as it’ll only damage your carpet’s fibers.
5. Spread some baking soda. Baking soda helps to remove excess moisture and throw-up from your woolen carpet. Allow it to sit for 5 – 10 minutes and you’ll see dry clumps starting to form on top. When that happens, clean the stained area using a vacuum and move on to the next step.
6. Spray your cleaning solution. You can buy or prepare your DIY cleaning solution using ½ cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, and 1 cup of water. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and use it to clean the stained spot. You may use a microfiber cloth as it’s gentle and won’t damage your carpet’s fibers. Repeat this until the stain disappears.
7. Remove the vomit odor. It’s normal to have some smell still lingering after you’ve dealt with the stain. You should mix a stronger solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray it on the cleaned surface. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes before you blot-rinse the carpet using warm water again.
8. Dry the carpet. If you’re satisfied that the carpet’s clean and there is no smell hovering around, then you should take out the carpet and hang it outside to dry. Before putting it back, vacuum the cleaned area to remove any wrinkles or dust that may have settled on the carpet while it was drying.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you prevent vomit stains on your carpet?
The best way to prevent stains from appearing from vomits is to act quickly and clean the carpet as soon as you see the mess.
If you let your pet’s or child’s vomit sit on the carpet for too long without taking care of it, then you stand a high risk of getting stains on your carpet.
Make sure that you wipe all the undigested bits and then absorb as much of the liquid vomit as you can before you start cleaning. You can use baking soda as I have highlighted in the article and it’ll help to absorb all that dirty moisture off your carpet’s fibers.
How do you remove dry vomit stains from your carpet?
Before you start cleaning dry vomit stains, you should first apply some warm water to the affected patch. Warm water will add moisture and break the vomit from a solid into a more fluid mess that can be later absorbed for easier cleaning. Once that’s done, you should just follow the steps highlighted above and you’ll have the same sparkling results.