It wouldn’t be a proper flu season without a rousing discussion about PUKE. Right? So, let’s help Emily with our best tips for cleaning vomit from carpet:
Got any great advice for cleaning carpet after the, uh, stomach flu? I’m specifically looking for tips for dealing with large, wet spots. I’m thinking about covering them with baking soda or baby powder, then vacuuming?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Sorry for the less than pleasant topic but I bet someone knows of a clever way to deal with throw-up!
Asha’s Vomit-Carpet Cleaning Routine
Warning: it’s descriptive.
You will need:
- 2-3 old towels
- A plastic garbage bag
- Baking soda
- Carpet cleaner (I use Resolve) and cleaning cloths (only if the carpet gets stained)
- Vacuum cleaner
1. Scoop up the solid bits with a big, absorbent towel.
I use a beach towel. BIG and ABSORBENT are key because you can wrap everything up in the towel and throw it straight in the washer. If there are a lot of solids, dump what you can in the toilet — but usually the washer will take care of the worst of it. Throw towel #1 in the plastic bag.
2. With a second towel, blot the big, wet spots.
The more pressure, the more the towel will suck up moisture. Throw towel #2 in the plastic bag.
3. Only if the vomit leaves a stain, saturate the stain with carpet cleaner, and clean as directed.
It’s rare that we need to do this, but when we do we use Resolve. Throw the cleaning cloths into the plastic bag.
4. Sprinkle the wet spot with baking soda.
Use more than you think you need to, and press it into the carpet with the corner of a towel. This will neutralize any smell. I keep a big box of baking soda on hand just for cleaning purposes.
5. Throw all the dirty laundry in the washer.
You’ll be so glad you did this right away. If you don’t have a washer, you’ve got everything sealed up in a plastic bag, ready for the laundromat.
6. Let the spot dry, then vacuum.
I’ve left the baking soda overnight with no problems.
7. Polish your parenting medal.
You know, the one you were awarded the last time you did this?
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So there you have it. My throwup-cleaning routine, which may or may not be the best/easiest/most efficient.
Parenthackers: Can you improve upon my routine? How do you clean vomit out of carpet? Any product recommendations or special technique I’m missing?
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