How to Remove Pet Vomit Stains & Odors from Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Vomit accidents with your pet are bound to occur sometime during its life. Pets, especially dogs, like to eat and chew on items that can upset their tummies. Even hungry pets can throw up yellow bile that upsets an empty stomach. Vomit and yellow bile are acidic and leave stains and odours quickly on a carpet. Remove the stain as soon as you are aware of it; otherwise, the odour and stain may linger longer than you wish.

Scoop the pet vomit up with paper towels. Dab the carpet with a wet rag to loosen pieces stuck in the threads of the carpet and remove them.

Sprinkle the area generously with baking soda. Baking soda dries the leftover vomit and neutralises the odour. Allow the baking soda to dry the area for one to two hours.

Vacuum the baking soda from the carpet after it has dried. The vacuum picks up any pieces the baking soda has dried and loosened.

Apply club soda to the area if a stain has developed from the pet vomit. Pour the club soda onto the vomit stain and dab with a clean rag. Do not rub on the carpet, as you risk pushing the stain deeper into the carpet fibres. Keep blotting the area with the rag, turning it as you remove the stain from the carpet.

Spray a carpet stain remover on any leftover stain. Allow the product to remain on the stain for 15 to 30 minutes, then blot with a damp rag.

Spray a disinfectant onto the area if the odour still emanates from the carpet. Blot the area dry with paper towels approximately 10 minutes after spraying. This gives the disinfectant time to penetrate the carpet fibres.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Wet rags
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Club soda
  • Clean, dry rags
  • Carpet stain remover
  • Disinfectant spray
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