How to clean vomit

February 3, 2006

Title: How to clean vomit

Author: Rita Hutner

Article:
It’s not a pleasant topic…but anyone with kids or pets will
face this seemingly daunting housekeeping task! So here’s some
good advice on how to clean vomit.

To make your life easier,here are some tips on how to clean
vomit, remove the stains and get rid oflingering odors caused by
the unavoidable accident of an animal or child.Note: Old stains
and stains that have been set by heat are in the
“difficult-if-not-impossible” category. That’s why it is so
important to act quickly after the accident occurs.

Being a parent or a dog or cat owner means you are going to have
to clean up vomit from your floor at some point, probably more
than once. When the crime has been committed on a carpeted area,
it’s usually possible to restore the scene to its original
condition. Read all the tips given and decide which one works
best for you.

1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the carpet (or
whatever area ) without spreading the mess.

2. Always sponge such stains promptly with cool water.

3. Sponge the stain in a solution made by adding half a cup of
salt to two quarts of water. Rinse with plain water. This simple
treatment will remove most of the stain. Or soak with cool water
for 30 minutes or more.

4. After sponging or soaking, work undiluted liquid detergent
into the stain and rinse.

5. How to clean vomit on nonwashable materials: sponge the stain
with cool water or put a sponge over it and squirt cool water
through the cloth with a small syringe or medicine dropper. If
this does not remove the stain, work liquid detergent into it
and rinse. A final sponging with alcohol helps to remove the
detergent, and the fabric dries faster.

6. Keep blotting with clean rag or sponge. Rinse rag or sponge
frequently.

NOTE: Some products like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, bleach or
alcohol can actually bleach or change the color in some fabrics,
so be sure to test fabric in an area that is not visible. When
using any chemical or liquid on fabric you should PROCEED WITH
CAUTION. If you are unsure as to how your carpet or upholstery
might be affected you should call a professional cleaning
technician in your area.

More simple tips on how to clean vomit:

Steps: 1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the
carpet without spreading the mess. 2. Pour dry cleaning fluid
over the stain. 3. Blot the stain with a dry, white cloth. 4.
Apply a small amount of mild liquid detergent to the stain. 5.
Blot again with the cloth. 6. Flood the stain with water. 7.
Blot again with the cloth. 8. Pour a small amount of ammonia
over the stain. 9. Blot again. 10. Apply a little more detergent
to the stain. 11. Blot again. 12. Flood the area with water. 13.
Blot one last time. Additional tips on how to clean vomit 1.
Always test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous part of
the carpet before using them on a large area. 2. Use a white
cloth rather than a colored one to prevent any dyes from coming
off on the carpet. 3. As you blot, keep turning the cloth so
that you are using a clean, dry section to pick up the stain and
the cleaning fluids from the carpet. Don’t rub. 4. If using a
brush to help clean the stain, always brush from the outer edges
of the spill inward to prevent the stain from spreading.

One last tip: In a spray bottle, make a solution of 1/3 alcohol,
1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 cool water. Use this solution as the
cleaning agent. It generally works very well and negates the use
of chemical cleaning agents. Being the doting owner of two cats,
I always keep this solution on hand — and use often.

About the author:
Rita Hutner is a copywriter for Catalogs.com. Catalogs.com is
the Internet’s leading source for print and online catalog
shopping – and a growing hub of original content and “how to”
information at www.catalogs.com

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