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If you’re anything like me, your four-legged companion is your best friend, secret keeper, and comrade in all things dangerous. Therefore, when they feel bad… You feel bad. Though I loathe when people call their pets their “babies,” that is what Motley is to me. He is like my child.
So when he vomited four times in four different places on my new living room carpet, I was upset and concerned. This happened about 45 minutes before leaving for work. I was stressed and running late, and the last thing I needed was to clean up dog puke. I believe despair was the exact emotion I felt at the time.
I had no Woolite pet stain remover, which is a great carpet cleaner for pet messes, so I was at a total loss on how to clean this carpet. Then I remembered everybody’s favorite household cleaner… BAKING SODA!
If you’re in a bind, this is what you can do to make sure your carpet looks (and smells) like it never even happened.
Remove as much vomit from the carpet as possible. Use whatever you have to – old rags, paper towels, etc. You want to get all the chunks up.
If the vomit is wet, you’re in for a good time. Try to soak up as much liquid as you can with paper towels. This is where the baking soda comes in. Sprinkle the baking soda onto the leftovers. I put it on heavy because I wanted nothing left behind. This will dry it all up.
Wait until dry. This is the hardest part. You have to give the baking soda time to soak in. I was in a hurry, so I went ahead and vacuumed it up. If you can help it… DON’T DO WHAT I DID. Leave it for at least 30 minutes. If you vacuum it up too soon, you will have wet soda clogging up your vacuum, which is irritating to clean out later.
If you waited the appropriate amount of time, go ahead and vacuum up the baking soda. You may find that the carpet is still a little wet. That’s okay. Just throw on more baking soda and repeat the earlier steps. I tried to brush the soda deeper into the carpet roots to make sure I got ALL the nasty dried up.
I don’t know if step 5 is necessary, but I did it anyway. I put a teensy bit of Dawn dishwashing liquid (not the kind with bleach) into some hot water and scrubbed the vomit areas after I vacuumed over them for the second time. It made me feel better about the germs. Rinse the area thoroughly.
Once the area is dry, vacuum one more time to make sure no remaining ickiness is left. I also took an old, dry rag and scrubbed into the carpet one more time to break free some crusty baking soda in the roots. There will be some down in there if you have shaggier carpet. I’m pretty sure I got it all up.
This should remove all the odors and make your carpet look good as new. Some of the areas looked a little more frayed after all the scrubbing, but you can’t tell if you’re not looking for it. There is no carpet discoloration and no bad smell. I wish there had been some Woolite carpet cleaner in the house, but alas, you take what you can get. I can say that this method works, though it can be a hassle and time-consuming.
NOTE: I wasn’t able to complete all of these steps before I went to work, though I was able to do most of them.
Let me know if you ever try it. I’d love to hear if it worked for you as well as it did for me!