How to remove vomit from your carpets, rugs and sofas?

November 5, 2021

Vomit stains are one of the most difficult stains to remove from your carpet. Along with the obnoxious stain, there’s a foul odour that pervades the room. If at all feasible, wipe up vomit as soon as possible, before the stench settles in and becomes more difficult to remove. Most individuals will have to deal with cleaning vomit from their carpet at some time in their lives. But how can you get rid of puke, stains, and lingering odours? We’ve analysed the most popular advice to give you the facts on what actually works. So the next time your child has a stomach ache, your dog eats something nasty or a party gets out of control, Magic Carpet Cleaning UK is here to assist you.

Using chemicals and stain removers:

Vomit smells and stains may be removed using a number of home items and treatments, ranging from dish soap to ammonia to industrial spot removers. Synthetic fabrics will be treated differently than natural fibres such as wool and cotton because no two materials are alike. At the same time, no two stains are alike – especially vomit stains. Despite the fact that we rely on the internet for the majority of our inquiries at Magic Carpet Cleaning UK, we recommend that you avoid using any chemicals since they may damage the upholstery fibres.
If you want to use a stain remover to remove your stain, Magic Carpet Cleaning UK highly advises you to test it first on an overlooked spot of the carpet, such as a corner of the room or a spare fabric you may have left over e.g. a tester sample. This ensures that you are aware of any reactions that may occur inside the carpet fibres before applying it to remove the stain. Start on the perimeter rather than the centre when applying it to the stain to ensure that the stain does not spread from its midpoint. When using chemicals, use them in a well ventilated space. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

When working with sensitive fabrics like velvet or swede, we strongly advise deferring to a specialist. These can only be cleaned with a dry cleaning procedure (see Magic Carpet Cleaning’s dry cleaning method here), since any liquids that come into contact with such materials will leave an undesirable residue.

Before you start:

Remove as much of the vomit solids as possible with a spoon. This may sound horrible, but you want to remove as much of the stuff as possible without damaging the carpet or press. The methods for removing an old stain are the same as for removing a new stain, but you’ll probably have to repeat the process several times to ensure it’s completely removed. The best time to clean vomit from carpets is as soon as possible when it occurs. Vomit’s acid and enzymes are less likely to damage your carpet, and odours are less likely to develop.

So, whichever method you choose, be sure to cover your hands – especially if you want to use chemicals . Rubber or latex gloves will keep your hands clean. You may use a shopping bag as a makeshift glove if you do not have gloves (make sure there are no holes in them)

  • Pour one-and-a-half times the size of the stain in club soda or cold water onto the carpet. Allow 30 seconds for the water to settle.
  • Blot the stain with a clean dry cloth or paper towel, absorbing the water and stain and replacing the cloth as it becomes wet. Repeat until there is no more stain on the cloth.
  • Use a dabbing method as rubbing could push the vomit into the rug further. Useful tip: try applying moderate pressure and short dabs to help the vomit stain out.
  • Continue dabbing until the stain is completely absorbed by the towel. Do not use the same towel for an extended period of time to avoid the damp towel staining the carpeting. If too much has been absorbed, switch to another.
  • Leave to air dry.
  • Vacuum the carpet as usual to lift and soften the fibres of your upholstery.

Can’t seem to get it out?

Don’t give up if this strategy hasn’t worked for you. This just signifies that your carpet, rug or sofa may need to be handled by one of our well-trained experts. Don’t panic! Everything will be taken care of by Magic Carpet Cleaning UK. The upholstery will be fresh and immaculate once our team of skilled carpet cleaners and technicians has finished with your stain. We are pleased to provide more than just physical assistance, we’re happy to offer free advice or walk you through the process of removing your stain over the phone. Simply dial 02089302650 to reach us.