How to get vomit out of carpet? My dog puked on our new rug.
Andrea Kinsey, San Rafael
I’m so sorry you have this problem! Let’s go over how to get vomit out of a carpet. I’m assuming that by now the stain has dried, but I’ll touch on how to deal with fresh vomit, too.
We can begin with a recipe to get blood out of carpet (blood and vomit are a very similar type of carpet stain). Round up a cup of warm water, a teaspoon each of dish soap and baking soda, plus a tablespoon of white vinegar. Mix this in a spray bottle.
Spray it on the stain. If you have an old toothbrush handy, use that to work the mixture into the fibers, but don’t scrub too vigorously to avoid damaging the carpet. Wait half an hour, then blot up the spot with paper towels.
You can also use this solution for removing slime from carpet if your little ones accidentally dropped some on the rug. Scrape off the excess and follow the above directions to eliminate this type of stain, too.
When you have a fresh vomit spot to clean, whether it is on a rug in the house or you have to clean vomit from a car, blot it immediately with paper towels. Remove as much as you can, then sprinkle either cornstarch or baking soda on it. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes for the powder to absorb the liquid, then vacuum. Now try the recipe I mentioned above to remove any residue.
You can also remove other dried stains on the carpet with vinegar and dish detergent. Combine half a tablespoon each of white vinegar and dish soap in two cups of warm water. Wet a clean cloth in the solution and dab at the stain. It may take a while, but keep working on it. On the other hand, you can also use a commercial stain remover for rugs.
Since you have a pet, you might be interested in viewing the article I referenced. It describes how to clean car carpet and remove bloodstains from rugs. Fortunately, you can clean almost any kind of stain with the right recipe using natural ingredients that you have at home and a little perseverance.