Pet vomit will stain quickly so clean it up as soon as you notice it. It is not a pleasant subject, but no matter how careful you are, pets do get sick or eat something they should not. The favorite spot to get rid of it always seems to be the carpet. When this happens, try to take care of it as soon as possible.
Pet Vomit – What to Do
Gently scrape up as much as possible using a dust pan or something with a dull edge. Using something sharp could damage your carpet. If small bits are stuck to the carpet, add a little bit of water to loosen them and scoop them up as well.
Once you have the solid mess picked up, try to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Do not rub it, just keep blotting it with a clean paper towel or white cloth until nothing else comes up.
Now cover the remaining pet vomit with backing soda and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The baking soda will absorb more of the surface liquid. Vacuum up the baking soda and repeat the process if needed.
If you just can’t get it clean then call in the professionals here in Northern Virginia.
If your dog or cat vomits often be sure to consult your vet.
Pet Vomit – What Not to Do
Do not use force when blotting or scraping the mess up. You could damage the carpet fibers.
Some people recommend using Oxy products to clean vomit stains. We do not as it can actually bleach the carpet and does not help with the odors.
Do not use vinegar. There is a lot of talk about the wonders of vinegar and it certainly deserves it. However, do not use vinegar on a fresh stain. Vinegar can set the stain in the carpet, similar to how it sets the dye on Easter eggs.
Using a wet vacuum may remove liquid from the surface, but not deep down. Wetting the carpet will make it spread even more.
We do suggest using baking soda but it will only absorb what is on the surface, a larger percentage of the liquid is down in the carpet and possibly the padding. It is still good to use to absorb the top layer.
Call a professional carpet cleaner in Northern Virginia to get your carpet thoroughly cleaned.