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Eight easy steps to rid your carpet of stain and odor

Fevers and chills, sickness, overindulgence, reaction to medication, emotional stress… all these things and more cause vomiting. We throw up without warning. Chunks of carrots (why always carrots?) in a pile of foul-smelling gloop, and often on the carpet. If you don’t know how to clean vomit from your carpet, you’ll be left with a stain and smell that that is enough to make you want to… well… vomit.

Have the right equipment ready for use

Whether you’re getting nail polish out of carpet, removing mold from carpet, or any manner of other stains, it’s essential to have the right equipment and cleaning solutions. I’ve learned from experience that being prepared to clean vomit off carpet saves a lot of fuss and bother. So, make sure that you always have baking soda and an enzyme-based cleaner (such as Kids ‘N’ Pets) in your cupboard – just in case.

The other items you’ll need to remove all signs of vomit from your carpet are:

  • Dustpan
  • Spoon
  • Old rags or paper towels
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Vacuum

Eight steps to a carpet free from vomit

To make the job of cleaning vomit from your carpet easier, get to work as soon as possible. The longer you leave vomit, the worse the stain and odor will be; and the harder it will be to clean.

  1. Start by using the dustpan and spoon to remove as much vomit as you can, and then blot the vomit that remains with paper towels to remove moisture.
  2. Cover the remaining vomit with baking soda and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. This will absorb any wet vomit that the paper towels have left behind.
  3. Vacuum the baking soda.
  4. Now use the enzyme-based cleaner as per the manufacturer’s directions. This will remove the stain, and absorb that foul odor.
  5. Blot with paper towels.
  6. Repeat as you need to.
  7. Allow to dry, and then vacuum.
  8. Job done!

That’s it. Nothing to it really, when you know how to clean vomit from carpet. Of course, not all carpet cleaning jobs are this easy. For those stains and carpet repairs that need the professional touch, contact Porter's.

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