Cleaning Dog Vomit from Carpet
Learn five expert stain-fighting steps for cleaning dog vomit from your carpet.
Came home to a little present yesterday: a nice pile of puke on my carpet. Buzz, my dog, is usually great about knowing where to go when nature calls, but not when nausea strikes. Hard to blame him. Who really has time to think about the where when you’re about to lose it? That’s why every dog owner who has rugs or carpeting needs to know how to effectively clean up such mishaps fast, so there’s minimal staining.
I turned to The Safe Dog Handbook, by Melanie Monteiro, for clues on how best to handle sickly situations. She stresses the importance of getting to the mess as quickly as possible before stain-causing stomach acids have much time to soak in. Then, she recommends these five cleanup steps:
- Scoop up the solid stuff using a spoon or a butter knife, or try lifting it up with paper towels. Don’t wipe or scrub; you’ll just rub it into the carpet.
- Sprinkle the area with baking soda to help soak up moisture and stomach acids.
- Sweep the spot with a vacuum.
- Soak a sponge in a simple homemade solution of half a cup of salt mixed with two quarts of water. Squeeze it out until damp, and then use it to blot the spot. Rinse the sponge and repeat several times.
- Spot treat the area with a carpet spot remover, following the product’s instructions for use. Use a sponge to rinse the area with cool water and blot.
Then, wait for it to dry and, if all goes well, soon you’ll able to forget the whole thing ever happened . . . until it happens again, that is.