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How to Clean Up Vomit (Without Puking)

Sick dog, sick kid, sick employee – it doesn’t matter who’s sick, someone needs to clean it up! Learn how to clean up vomit and what removes vomit smells.

We’ve all been there. Whether you had a crazy night out (hello, St. Patrick’s Day!) or a crazy night in (your kids came home with a bug), we have everything you need to clean up vomit without puking yourself. If you’re reading this without an immediate need– good for you! Set up a barf box in your bathroom so you can be prepared.

If you've come to this blog out of necessity, our condolences. Keep reading to learn how to clean up vomit and what removes vomit smell from various surfaces.

How to Clean Up Vomit Around the House

Cleaning up vomit is never pleasant, but this blog will make your job a little easier. You should try different methods depending on the material you’re working with.

Read on for:

  • How to clean up vomit from hard surfaces (floors, tabletops, counters, etc.)
  • How to clean up vomit from carpet or furniture
  • How to clean up vomit from clothes

*Before using any of the methods listed below, please test in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it will not stain or fade your flooring, clothing, or furniture.

How to Clean up Vomit From Hard Surfaces

  1. Use a paper towel to clean up any solid chunks.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. The powder should absorb the liquid. Then you can clean it up with paper towels.

You can also try mixing one tablespoon of vinegar and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray this solution on the vomit stain and wipe up with paper towels. Make sure to properly dispose of any paper towels you may use in this process by sealing them in a plastic bag before throwing them away.

How to Clean up Vomit From Carpet or Furniture

  1. Dampen the stain with lukewarm water.
  2. Remove any solid chunks.
  3. Blot up the stain with a paper towel.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and let sit until dry.
  5. Vacuum up the baking soda. This should get rid of most of the stain.
  6. If needed, treat the surface with a reputable carpet cleaning solution.
  7. Blot the area with this solution then blot with lukewarm water.

How to Clean up Vomit From Clothes

  1. Dampen the stain with warm water.
  2. Sprinkle it with baking soda.
  3. Pour white vinegar over the stain. It will sizzle with the baking soda.
  4. Scrub the stain with a toothbrush.
  5. Rinse with warm water.
  6. Throw the affected clothes in the washing machine – on their own and wash with standard laundry detergent.
  7. Allow to air-dry.

What Removes Vomit Smell?

Cleaning up vomit is a lot easier when you’re not inhaling that smell. Below we have some tips on what removes the odor from your home.

  1. First, throw away any towels, rags, or paper towels you’ve used to clean up the mess.
  2. Create a homemade vomit-smell-removal solution: two cups of hydrogen peroxide, two teaspoons of baking soda, and two drops of liquid dish soap.
  3. OR you can purchase a vomit-smell-removal solution.
  4. Spray the solution over the affected area and let dry.

Say Goodbye to Lingering Odors and Stains for Good

No one likes cleaning up vomit, but it’s just a fact of life. Once you’ve done the hard job of cleaning the initial mess, it’s important to make sure your house is really clean. Trust our experts to deep clean your upholstery and carpeting, making your disasters disappear. Our stain removal and odor removal services will make your home look and smell like new. Give us a call today at (855) 724-6269 or request an appointment online to get started.

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