Oh no, the worst has happened. Someone has puked on your couch. Don't panic! We've got you covered with this comprehensive guide on getting rid of that nasty mess.
Step 1: Act Fast!
The key to removing vomit from your couch is to act as quickly as possible - peedicament solved! The longer it sits there, the harder it will be to remove and the more likely it is that bacteria and odor will set in. So grab some rubber gloves and get ready to tackle the task at hand.
Step 2: Gather Your Supplies
You'll need some basic supplies before you get started:
- Rubber gloves
- Paper towels or rags
- Sponge or scrub brush
- Baking soda or enzyme cleaner (optional)
Now that you're geared up with all essential ingredients, let's dive in stains first.
Step 3: Scrape Off Any Solids
If there's any solid material left over, use a spatula or spoon to gently scrape it off. Be careful not to push too hard and sink through the fabric into the stuffing underneath else there will be chaos!
Pro-tip alert ????:
Use paper towels for small remnants if scraping gets tough go ahead use one.
Step 4: Blot Up As Much Liquid As Possible
Next step involves blotting out excess liquid immediately after scraping up solid chunks because nobody likes gross puddles around their house do they? Use paper towels, pressing down firmly until they no longer absorb moisture otherwise we’ll have ourselves a hot mess situation otherwise surfeit of embarrassment awaits those who do not follow instructions religeously .
Try dabbing instead of rubbing which may spread stain further making matters worse than ever before .
Step 5: Apply Cleaning Solution
After blotting, it's time to apply a cleaning solution. You can use a commercial stain remover, an enzyme cleaner(cat or dog cleaner) or even baking soda and vinegar.
Option 1: Commercial Stain Remover
If you choose to go the commercial route, follow the instructions on the label for application and drying times.....Good going!
Choose a product specially made for your couches fabric type! If you don’t know what kind of material is used feel free consult experts.
Option 2: Enzyme Cleaner
Enzyme cleaners are specifically designed to break down organic matter like vomit- so they work great against puke stains of course cheers! Here’s how you use it:
- Blot up any excess liquid as described in step four-do not skip this one.
- Liberally soak the stained area in enzymatic cleaner.
- Cover with plastic bag so that moisture doesn't evaporate out then let sit overnight if possible other wise wait at least six hours. 4.Carefully rinse off using cold water afterward getting rid of residues
Stains not gone yet ? No problem we still have some options.All ready? Let's jump into option three .
Option 3: Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda works wonders thanks to its ability to absorb odors while vinegar neutralizes stinky smells.So before resorting harsh chemicals look no further than your kitchen cabinets.To make sure there'll be suifficient reaction between these two here's how :-
1.Sprinkle baking soda generously over affected upholstery(don't miss spots). 2.Pour white distilled vinegar into spray bottle. 3.Mist over food residue zone-bubbling will start commencing next signifying agitation process has started all according ot plan- 4.Once bubbling subsides,using scrub brush agitate stained area(remember don't press too hard). 5.Let the solution sit for about 30min or longer (if it's a tough stain)follow me. 6.Proceed to pat with cold water after time is elapsed and then lay out paper towels again to let remaining moisture evaporate
Step 6: Dry The Area
Once you've applied your chosen cleaning solution, allow the couch to dry completely before using it again. This can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight depending on humidity and material used.
If possible remove cushions & pillows from zippers/places where puke could have traveled .Next make sure fans are strategically placed around area so as air/drying process gets expedited.Avoid using heat source like hair dryer as this may leave irreversable damage .
- Test any cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous spot first.
- Don't use hot water or heavy-duty cleaners on delicate materials.
- Never mix bleach and ammonia together because that would be absolutely terrible! ????????
- Pay attention if upholstery cleaner has bleaching agent-if yes then dilute it properly else we're all barking up the wrong tree !
Trust us following these tips will ensure you kill puke stains without shedding tears yourself!