Mandy said, “Could you please advise me how to remove dog vomit stains from alfresco paving, we have scrubbed and jet washed but this hasn’t removed it Thanks.”
While it seems like it would be better to have a dog vomit outdoors rather than inside the house, vomit can stain virtually any surface, including stone. Thankfully, the steps below can help you to remove the vomit stains from your indoor or outdoor paving. However, remember to always test a cleaning solution on a small hidden area of a surface first to look for any adverse reaction.
Removing the Stains
You Will Need:
- Enzyme digester
- Rubbing alcohol
- Methylated spirits
- Mineral spirits
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A cloth
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- Get a pet enzyme cleaner that is safe for hard surfaces, such as Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Cleaner. Follow the instructions on the label of your selected cleaner to remove the stain. It may take several applications for the stain to be fully removed.
- If the stain is a bright color, such as red, it may be from the dyes in some commercial pet foods. If that is the case, pour some rubbing alcohol¹, paint thinner², methylated spirits³, or hydrogen peroxide⁴ on a cloth. Wipe the cleaner onto the the stain, let it sit for a minute, then use a cloth damp with plain water to wipe the area clean. Continue wiping on the cleaner, waiting a minute, then wiping the cleaner and dye away until the stain is gone.¹
- Rinse the area with water once the stain is gone to remove any residue from the cleaning solutions.¹
Additional Tips and Advice
- Enzyme cleaners work best when they are used prior to any chemicals, as the chemicals can stop the enzymes from working.
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