How to clean vomit off your couch

February 11, 2020

How to clean vomit off your couch

So, dad may have bounced your little one a little too much, or maybe your new puppy actually shouldn’t have eaten way or another, you’ve ended up with a nice splash of vome´ (pronounced Vom - ay) on your flawless fabric couch. Now, the trick is to remove it from your fabric couch, without creating watermarks, or damaging your upholstery.

The best way of removing the smell of vomit from your upholstery is to clean it as soon as the incident occurs - this will also prevent the acid in the vomit from eating away at the fabric. The first step is to blot the area with a paper towel and remove any solids. Before moving on to step 2, it’s important to note that not all fabric reacts well to traditional cleaning methods, therefore, before you try any of the below methods, make sure you check the care tag on your couch.

W - Safe to use water-based cleaners

S - Use a dry cleaning solvent

W/S - Both water-based cleaners and cleaning solvents are safe to use

X - Vacuuming and brushing the couch is safe but it must be dry-cleaned

Remove any excess liquids

It is important to lightly dab the affected area and absorb any excess liquids with a paper towel or old cloth. Try not to rub the area too much as excessive rubbing may be too abrasive on the fabric and cause the area to wear. Repeat this until all the surplus liquid is removed and the area is dry.

Use Carbonated Water 

If you happen to have any carbonated water, this works like magic! Soda Water or even aQuelle´ will do the trick.
Lightly spray the area and allow the effervescent to the area and allow it to loosen any remnants. It’s important to take your time and blot away any remaining “foreign artifacts” as if rushed, it could only lead to fabric stains and unwanted odours on your upholstered couch.

Apply Baking Soda

After further blotting away any unwanted matter, sprinkle baking soda on the affected area. Press the powder into the upholstery with a paper towel and allow it to absorb the vomit for approximately 15 minutes.

Mix Homemade solvent

Next, using a dry-cleaning solvent is the best option, however, this may not be something you keep handy. Instead, you can use a combination of 750ml of cool water, 125ml of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of any mild dish-washing liquid. Mix these ingredients and apply the solvent to the area with a clean non-abrasive sponge and blot the area once again.

Drying the area

Once the solvent is added and any excess liquid has been removed by blotting the area, its important to apply cool water to rinse the area. Be careful not to use too much water as its imperative to avoid water stains or mildew. However, drying this area thoroughly is even more important. If you have a portable steam cleaner, use this on the area to avoid unnecessary remaining water on your fabric couch. 

Alternatively, allow it to air dry until completely dry, and Wa-Lah - good as new!

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