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How to Clean Puke Out of Carpet

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How to Clean Puke Out of Carpet
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No one likes the smell of vomit. If you find yourself dealing with this nasty problem, though, you’ll want to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible to avoid any lingering odors and to protect the health of your family members. And in cases of puke that has seeped deep into the carpet, you’ll likely want to save yourself some money by trying to clean it up on your own before you call in the professionals. Keep reading for three easy steps on how to clean puke out of carpet in your home or apartment today.

How to Clean Puke Out of Carpet in Three Easy Steps

Tips for Removing Puke from Carpet

1. Start with a Baking Soda Soak:

Before you go scrubbing, take some time to prep your carpet and give it a chance to soak up as much of that vomit as possible. Create a mixture using one cup of baking soda, one cup of white vinegar, and four cups of water. Soak up all that liquid by dabbing it onto your carpet (use gloves). Then leave it for an hour or so to dry completely.

2. Apply Hydrogen Peroxide:

Once you’re sure your carpet is good and dry, apply straight hydrogen peroxide not shampoo to your puke stain. Let it sit for five minutes before blotting away any excess fluid with a clean cloth.

3. Spray on Some Vinegar:

Now comes the fun part: scrubbing. Use a stiff-bristled brush to rub away at any remaining stains and allow them to sit overnight if they don’t come out right away.

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Method 1: Neutralizing Odor with Vinegar

Mix equal parts vinegar and water, and apply liberally to the puked-on carpet. Allow time for the moisture to dry out and rinse away with cold tap water. Vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer, which means you’ll have less work on your hands when it comes time to clean it off your carpet.

Killing Germs with Peroxide: When dealing with bodily fluids like puke, you don’t want just any old cleaner on your hands it could further contribute to spreading germs around your home. Mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with three parts water and gently scrub over affected areas of your carpet.

Method 2: Blotting with Paper Towels

You may have heard that you should not try to clean up vomit with paper towels. Why is that? The absorbent material will pull moisture from the liquid, thereby spreading it further across your carpet. Instead, roll some paper towels into balls and use them to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Never press hard enough to push vomit deeper into your carpet or under furniture. That’s not just gross it can cause permanent staining. You’ll probably need more than one round of blotting before you feel like you have it all.

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Method 3: Blotting with Washcloths

To blot up as much liquid as possible, use a stack of towels or several washcloths. Dampen them with warm water and wring them out slightly. Start at one end of the stain and blot continuously until you have covered all of it. Re-wet and wring out your clothes until you’ve blotted up all that can be removed from both sides of carpet fibers. If desired, go over it again using soap and hot water

If a lot of color remains, it may still be possible to get some color out using Method 4: Sunlight or Urine Stripping, depending on how old or permanent a stain is.

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