How To Clean Vomit out of Carpet

With the cold and flu season in full swing and family members likely to overindulge in holiday treats, you may want to learn a few cleaning tricks!

Cleaning vomit from your carpet is an unpleasant experience that most people have to go through at some point.

The next time your toddler has an upset stomach, your dog eats something gross, or a party gets out of hand, Lakeshore Cleaning and Restoration is here to help.

The easiest time to clean the carpets is immediately after it happens. This reduces the chances of the acid and enzymes in vomit damaging your carpet, and prevents smells from taking hold.

Grab some disposable gloves and a dust or surgical mask to help prevent accidental brushes with icky substances and to lessen the stench factor while cleaning vomit:

Clean Quickly

You can use a dustpan, spatula, or spoon to make it easier. Just be sure you disinfect it thoroughly afterwards. You can disinfect cutlery or utensils by putting them in the dishwasher or let them sit in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Soak Up the Smell

Blot vomit on carpet with rags or paper towels, absorbing as much of the moisture as possible to prevent lingering odors. If you have a commercial carpet stain cleaner, now is the time to use it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always spot test before using it on a large or visible area. If you don’t have any commercial cleaner to hand, you can make your own by diluting white vinegar OR hydrogen peroxide (don’t mix together) with equal parts tap water and spraying it onto the stain.

Dry It Out

Once the stain is cleaned, let it air dry, or cover it with a thin layer of baking soda then let it sit for 15 minutes to absorb the excess moisture. Baking soda is a weak alkali which can help neutralize the acidity of vomit.

Remove It

Once the soda or starch has dried to a powder, vacuum it up to remove the last traces of vomit. Just don’t forget to change the vacuum cleaner bag or clean out the canister thoroughly afterward.


Apply a pet stain product or enzyme-based cleaner to kill any lingering odors. These detergents better breakdown odor-causing proteins so they can be completely removed. If you don’t have these on hand, a vinegar and dish soap solution can also be used.

Apply a liberal amount to clean vomit and remove completely. Blot it dry again with clean rags or paper towels and allow to air dry. Repeat if smells remain.

Dried-on vomit can be difficult to remove, but it isn’t always possible to find or clean a stain right away, especially if you have pets or young children. Although trickier to remove than fresh throw up, you can still clean a carpet that has dried vomit on it.

Can’t stomach the never-ending house cleaning duties life throws your way?

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