For Pet Owners —
What To Do About
Pet Puke on your Carpets
Removing pet vomit from carpet is one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks. You're not given much warning if your pet has an upset stomach and vomits on your beautiful carpet.
It's vital that you remove vomit as quickly as possible before it gets absorbed deeper into the carpet fibers. Pet messes will settle down into the carpet fibers if they are allowed to remain, making the cleaning process more and more difficult as time goes by.
It's also important to take care of the issue
For a Fresh Vomit Incident
on your Carpets
The good news is that cleaning dog vomit from carpet can be effectively accomplished with the use of common household items and ingredients that you can easily find. (And if you prepared in advance like we recommend on the main pets and carpets page, you know exactly where these items are.)
Things You Need:
- Dishwashing Gloves
- Distilled White Vinegar or 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- Spray Bottle
- Spoon, Old Spatula, (or some type of scraper)
- Spotless White Towel or Rag (paper or cloth)
- Small Plastic Trash Bags
Will Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach Carpet?
Possibly — hydrogen peroxide may bleach your carpet if it is stronger than 3%. Make sure you read the label on the bottle thoroughly.
Carry out a spot test BEFORE following through.
You could do this in advance before you're in an emergency situation! Find a small hidden patch of carpet, and test for colorfastness. Let it stand for 30 minutes.
Step by Step
1. Put on your gloves. You probably won't want to get pet vomit on your hands.
2. Use your spoon, old spatula, or scraping tool to remove as much of the vomit as possible from the areas, and put it in the plastic bag. (Scrape from the outside towards the middle so you won't widen the affected area.)
3. Grab your white towels and wet it slightly with cool water.
4. Blot — don't scrub — the stained area with the white towels until there is no more transfer of the "stuff" onto the towels.
5. Here, you can use either distilled white vinegar OR 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Note: Do NOT mix the vinegar with the hydrogen peroxide.
Vinegar Solution: Make a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water. Apply the white vinegar solution to a white towel and blot — or spray onto spot.
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% Solution: Simply use 3% hydrogen peroxide. (Have you tested the solution on a hidden patch of carpet yet?) Spray the solution onto the carpet, and blot the affected area gently with a wet rag. Let it sit for at about 30 minutes. Then blot the damp area using a dry paper towel.
6. Finally, rinse thoroughly by spraying with clean water, then blot dry with dry towels.
For heavily soiled carpet, or stubborn stains and odors — that’s what My Pro Cleaner™ is here for. Please feel free to call us right away, and we'd be happy to discuss your situation and your best options.
If you have any questions about this article, or anything related to cleaning carpet, upholstery, tile and grout, and maintaining a healthy home, please feel free to give me a call, and let's talk!