How to Clean Vomit from Your Carpet


Vomit is the very last thing you want to see on your precious carpet. But hey, if your child or pet has failed to stop puke from bemiring your wool or synthetic carpet, all you can do is to clean it out as fast as possible.

For one thing, vomit (comprising undigested food) stains and produces an unpleasant odor when allowed to sit on the carpet for prolonged periods. Secondly, it can become a cozy habitation for germs when not cleaned out properly. But there’s no need to panic. Before you call on the services of a professional carpet cleaner you may want to try some of our tips. The tips below clearly explain how to clean vomit from your carpet – stain, and odor all at once.

You’ll Need:

  1. A flat-edged spatula
  2. Rubber gloves
  3. A plastic trash bag
  4. Paper towels
  5. Vinegar
  6. Coldwater
  7. A spray bottle
  8. A soft brush
  9. Baking soda


To clean vomit out of your carpet, start by putting on your protective gloves to prevent puke from making contact with your hands. Also, ensure that your kids and pets are not around the vomit so that they do not spread it on other areas of your carpet.

  1. Clean out the Vomit

First things first. You need to clean out the solid mass of vomit to be able to reach the carpet efficiently.

Use a flat-edged spatula to scrape the vomit from the carpet, ensuring that its edge moves swiftly across the rug. Do not scrub or press the spatula onto the carpet. Also, make sure that the side of the spatula touching the carpet is always clean. You don’t want to deepen the stain at this point.

Scoop as much solid mass as you can into the plastic bag until very little or no vomit remains on the carpet.

Next, use the paper towel to pick tiny vomit remnants from the carpet briskly. Change the paper towel as soon as it gets damp because this step also serves to remove excess vomit moisture from the carpet.

  • Blot out the Stain

To blot out the vomit stain, mix equal amounts of cold water and vinegar into a portable spray bottle. Shake the solution properly, and then spray it on the stain.

Let the solution seep into the stained area for about 20 minutes, then use paper towels or a white microfiber cloth to soak up the vinegar. Remember not to scrub but to dab lightly on the area.

After soaking up the first vinegar spray, respray the area, but use a soft brush on the stain this time. Scrub out the residual stain by brushing the carpet in an outward manner.

Afterward, dry out the vinegar mixture, and then spray some cold water to the area to rinse out properly.

  • Get Rid of the Odor

Sometimes, vomit can leave an unpleasant odor behind, even after a thorough cleaning. To eliminate odor, pour a generous amount of baking soda on the area, and allow it to sit through the night. The baking soda would have soaked up excess moisture (and odor) from the carpet by morning.

  • Dry the carpet

Once the vomit stain and odor have been cleaned out from your carpet, dry it out by running your vacuum cleaner through it. You can also clean out the baking soda by using a stiff brush to scrub out the powder.

There you go!

Vomit won’t stop your carpet from being as clean as you want it all the time. The steps above are not only straightforward; they do not require far-fetched items to be completed. Everything you need for this process is eco-friendly and is most likely lying in your kitchen cabinet.

You can also get the help of professional carpet cleaners if your schedule won’t afford you the time to go on all fours, cleaning your carpet. Reach out to us, and we’ll rid your carpet of vomit stains in the most professional and eco-friendly way possible.

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Saul Jones

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