HOW TO CLEAN UP VOMIT
Whether you're the person throwing up or the one cleaning up afterwards (worst case scenario: you're both), getting sick is no fun for anyone. But the longer you wait to tackle a vomit stain, the more it's going to set, and the more you're going to get grossed out by it.
Vomit is a protein stain. Protein-based stains are left by animal-based products or secretions like egg, milk, blood and other bodily fluids. These can coagulate and set into fabric fibers at relatively low temperatures, so it's important that you never clean them with hot water. Another thing you want to avoid when dealing with a protein stain is chlorine bleach because it will chemically react and leave the spot looking yellow and feeling stiff. Similarly, hydrogen peroxide can cause discoloration even on white fabrics and carpet.
Baking soda is a particularly popular cleaning method used to clean vomit from carpet. While this is widely known as nature's deodorizer, its small particles can cause permanent damage to both your carpet and your vacuum cleaner. Since the powder is so fine, remnants of it can sink through the carpet and padding and remain on top of the floor underneath. The fine particles can also clog the pores of your vacuum's bag or HEPA filter, which can drastically reduce suction power. On top of all this, baking soda dust can potentially seep through your vacuum's filtration system and get sucked into the motor.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a cleaner and degreaser that powers out stains on washable surfaces like fabric and carpet. As an added bonus, it deodorizes while it cleans, removing unpleasant odors and leaving behind a sassafras, lemon or lavender scent.
We recommend you wear gloves to protect yourself from germs.
For dry-clean-only garments, follow step 1 above. Then blot the stain gently with a clean, white cloth dampened with cold water. Follow up with a dry cloth and take the garment to your dry cleaner as soon as possible.
The trick to getting vomit stains out of carpet is to work from the outer edges toward the center of the stain to prevent it from spreading.
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