Rumpelstiltskin asked, “How do I clean vomit off a mattress and what can I use to get rid of the smell? Don’t want to buy a new mattress.”
Vomit is one of the more disgusting messes to clean up, and notorious for leaving a long-lasting odor. However, you can have your mattress restored shortly by following the steps below.
You Will Need:
- An organic powder (select one):
- A spoon
- A Ziploc bag
- A dustpan
- Club soda
- An enzyme-digester
- Baking soda
Steps to Remove the Vomit:
- For particularly liquid vomit, pour an organic powder over the vomit to help absorb the liquid.¹
- Use a spoon or spatula to scoop the vomit into a Ziploc bag² or dustpan³.
- Use carbonated water on paper towels or a sponge to wipe away as much of the remaining residue as possible.⁴ The carbonated water helps to lift the stain.⁵
- Thoroughly spray the area with an enzyme-digestant cleaner of your choice, such as Simple Solutions Stain and Odor Remover⁴ or Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover.
- Follow the directions on the bottle of your selected cleaner. The usual process for enzyme-digesters is to allow the area to soak in the cleaner and air dry. The enzyme-digester will continue to eat all of the organic material until it is gone.⁴
- Sponge water or club soda onto the area and blot away the liquid to remove the residue from the cleaner.
- If any smell remains, sprinkle the area with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to sit for several hours, then sweep away the baking soda.²
- Instead of using baking soda, you can spray the area with a diluted vinegar solution to remove the smell.⁶
Additional Tips and Advice
- If using the enzyme-digester near children, be sure to select one that is non-toxic.
- Do not treat the vomit with any harsh chemicals prior to using the enzyme-digester, or the enzyme-digester will likely become less effective.⁴
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