When a child is woken in the night with a stomach ache they may not be able to make it to a toilet to vomit. This is a stain and mess that no one wants the task of cleaning up. Most of the time when someone vomits, the mess is not cleaned immediately and is usually second to tending the child, person or pet that has gotten sick. As with any stain or spill the longer it sits on the carpet the harder the stain is to remove.
Vomit has a two part process when it comes to cleaning it and Carpet Care 2000 has prepared a guide on what those are and how to clean it up.
Cleaning Unknown Stains from Carpet, Upholstery & Mattresses: When it comes to cleaning vomit you are up against an unknown substance. You know it is vomit, but each time it the contents could be something else. Whatever the person has had in their stomach is now what is on the carpet. It could be red juice or any type of food that could be very acidic and cause some damage to the carpet fibers. The first part of vomit is that it is a stain that usually has sat for a small amount of time. This is bad for just about any kind of stain including vomit. The second part of the cleanup process is the odor that comes with vomit.
Removing Vomit from Carpet, Upholstery & Mattresses: Here is what you can do to help treat the vomit from your carpet or fabric surface. The worst part is that you need to clear up any excess vomit that is laying on the carpet. This means that you will need to use something like a dust pan to pick up what you can. After you have removed the excess vomit off the ground you can start to treat the actual spot. The best way to start is to take a pile of rags or towels that are old and you can blot the area. Do not scrub at the area because you want to be sure you are not pushing the stain deeper. You should then start with the treatment of the odor. You can do this by adding a coat of baking soda or cornstarch. This will remove any excess liquid that is being soaked into the fibers and padding. It is best to let the area sit for 10 – 15 minutes to allow it to work all the way. After the allotted time you can run the vacuum over the area to remove the excess cornstarch or baking soda. You should then start to clean the actual stain with whatever kind of cleaner you use normally.