Published on March 18th, 2019
Let me paint a picture of my Saturday night. It’s 2am, and in one corner there’s a screaming baby, in the other, a husband wearing spew-stained pyjamas. Oh, and there’s also a huge mess on the nursery carpet.
I switched on crisis mode and started Google searching. How on earth was I going to get this carpet clean without leaving a permanent stain and smell? And with whatever supplies I already had in my cupboards?
This is what I found.
With both of these methods, you’ll first need to remove any bigger clumps (gross, I know) with a spatula or similar instrument without pressing into the carpet fibres.
How to remove baby vomit from carpet
Peppermint Essential Oil
There are generally two methods.
Wet Method (the one I used)
In a container, mix a couple of squirts of detergent and a tablespoon of vinegar into two cups of warm water. Make sure the water is warm, not hot – if there’s milk in the mess, the stain may curdle if the water is too hot.
Use the solution to sponge at the stain gently, not pressing too hard at the fibres. With a separate sponge, get rid of the solution by sponging it with cold water. Repeat the process a couple of times.
To absorb the moisture, fold an old towel a couple of times, place it on the carpet and press down. Standing on it will absorb a lot of the moisture too.
I discovered this method the following day while doing my research. I would’ve done this method for sure if I’d seen it at the time!
The method uses the cleaning power of Bi-Carb Soda. Sprinkle it across the stain, add a few drops of essential oil, cover it up with an old towel and let it sit overnight. I read that the next day, when you lift the towel, the vomit will be nothing but clumps of powder that can be easily removed with just a vacuum. Best of all, Bi-Carb Soda has odour-neutralising properties, so it will remove that yucky stench as well.
What are the next steps?
It definitely helps to run a fan or keep a window open for a few days afterwards to air out the stain and dry up any moisture. Bear in mind, the smell may remain because it has gone into the carpet underlay. Give E-Dry a call to chat about the stain and see how we can help. Our teams are experts at removing or minimising most stains.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER
Sign up for email promotions, tips and special offers.