Saturday, 4 October 2014

How to clean a carpet - how to remove sick/vomit

High end short term let apartment - the management agent was told wine was split on the carpet - strange for someone to drink whine while in bed? Yea right - because the wine was not from the glass but from them being sick on the carpet - we could not remove the stain totally due to the stomach acid set the stain - beat advice to neutralize the acid with a strong bicarbonate soda/water mix then call a professional cleaner.

However, often sick stain removal can be accomplished with some help, usually with everyday items that can be found around the house.

Steps to Clean the Carpet:
1. Start by removing as much of the vomit as possible. Use a dust pan or other scraper to remove as much as possible. For smaller messes, a spoon will work.
2. Next, blot the area with old rags or paper towels to absorb the moisture.
3. Cover the area with baking soda or corn starch. Either of these products will soak up the excess moisture.
4. Allow it to set on the area for 10-15 minutes.
5. Vacuum away the baking soda or corn starch with a vacuum.
6. Next, you will treat the area for the odor and/or stains that may be present.
7. Apply an enzyme-based cleaner. These are readily available in the cleaning aisle or with the pet supplies. These cleaners break down the odor-causing proteins so they can be removed completely. They are effective in removing stains as well.
8. Apply a liberal amount of cleaner to the area.
9. Blot it with a clean cloth or paper towels to remove the cleaner and the stain.
10. Repeat as necessary.
11. Once the area is clean, allow it to air dry completely.
12. Vacuum the dry surface to restore the texture.
Additional Tips and Advice
 For best results, clean the carpet immediately. The longer the vomit sits, the further it will soak into the carpet and underlay and will be more difficult to remove.

 After vacuuming the area, dispose of the contents and replace the bag. This will help prevent odors and bacteria growth inside the vacuum cleaner.

 If a wet vac or carpet shampooer is available, it will make the cleaning task faster easier and more effective.

For more severe vomit stains contact Art of Clean, we are a professional cleaning company who specialise in carpet, rug, hard wood floor and stone floor cleaning.  For more information about our services contact the team on 01223 863632 or at to find out more.