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    Cleaning up [Gross Stuff] Off Carpet

    So, the kid finally puked all over his room, onto the carpet. How a 17-month old can upchuck that much stuff is beyond me, but it's up to daddy to clean it up while the baby laughs uncontrollably at what he just did.

    I Googled my heart out, but I couldn't find anything solid on what to do to clean up puke from carpet. I found solutions from the simple (e.g. flood with water, coat in baking soda, vacuum up), to the complex (e.g. make a 12-step cleaning solution using common household chemicals I have never even heard of, flood a billion times, dry, etc).

    I have yet to find two resources that suggest even similar things, and the comments for all the the solutions I found say they don't work.

    So, what does FOO suggest I do to finish cleaning the stuff up?

    So far I removed the chunks, dabbed a solution of 1/3-water + 1/3-rubbing alcohol + 1/3-vinegar on the carpet, covered in baking soda, and vacuumed it up. It worked fairly well, but not completely. Every now and then we get a waft of puke smell coming from the room, but for a few moments here and there we can't smell anything.

    The other problem is that it's been three days now since the puking occured (although I did the cleaning the same night it happened).

    Any ideas? I figure if any group of people know about puke, it's FOO people!

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    3 days later. Ugh. Fabreeze may help. Our mastiff got the squirts last night. Yup, on the carpet. After mopping up most of it, I set to with a rag and a bucket of hot water with laundry detergent and Oxyclean. It worked really well. The staining is gone and the smell too. At least, so far.
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    Rent a steam cleaner.

    I feel for you. Once upon a time when my youngest was about 7, he picked out some purple ketchup at the store (yes, they make it, yes, it's gross). After getting loaded up with hot dogs, the kids went to bed. Lo about 11PM...he didn't make it to the bathroom. Did I mention it was in a house I was caretaking at the time? Did I mention the white berber carpet? Yeah, I dug everything I could find out of the cupboards and got it up...mostly. My son still hates whenever you mention the purple ketchup incident to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Rent a steam cleaner.
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    woolite oxy deep carpet cleaner works great and is also a great pretreater for a carpet cleaner. CC is the only way to get it out. AND boil the water before you dump it in the tank. works much better than plain tap water.

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    Spray n Wash with Resolve might work. I had to clean blood spots from my carpet last night after the dog walked around with a cut on her paw (she's fine after a vet trip this morning). Hit up the spots with a few spritzes of Spray n Wash w/ Resolve (only thing I could think of to use on the carpet w/o damaging it) and voila! Spots are gone. It also doesn't smell half bad, so in your case it may help to alleviate some of that stale baby puke stink.
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    This is the best stuff for carpets that I have found.

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    It's just the nature of carpets, carpets are gross.

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    You have carpet in your house?

    ok - what Siu said.
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    get new carpeting. or get a new kid. either way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    This is the best stuff for carpets that I have found.

    +1 that's what i used when my dog pukes. works rather well.

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    Years ago at a home show I bought this stuff called White Wizard that does a really good job of cleaning cat puke out of carpets. I'd think it would do equally well on kid puke.

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    just get puke coloured carpets. solves most of my problems.
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    Steam cleaner with good quality cleaning solution and HOT!!!! water. Let it dry very well, then Febreeze if there is still any odor.

    Also, Lysol can now be used on soft surfaces. If you cleaned it well the night of, you could try that as well.
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    I use a shop-vac to suck up the majority of the mess. Then just sponge and warm-water for the rest. Steam-clean after that.

    The biggest help in getting rid of remaining smells is Nature's Miracle. An enzyme-based solution available at pet stores. Spray liberal amounts on and it digests the remaining organic compounds rather than just masking their smell. Great for pet accidents as well.

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    Go to the pet store, get a gallon of "Nature's Miracle". It's an enzymatic solution designed to dissolve biological stuff: blood, urine, feces, vomit. Works great for dogs, cats and kids!
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    Enzymes are best. Most carpet cleaning solutions are 90+ % distilled water. Distilled water works well. Laundry detergent is a serious no-no. Laundry detergent is full of optical brighteners that can actually change the color of the carpet.
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    If you ignore it long enough the smell will go away and the color will fade to match the rest of the carpet
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    Having been there several times.....I can say....sometimes the smell will just never leave. It's the stomach acid/bile that does it. The best thing you can do is use an enzyme cleaner. I worked in a large vet clinic for several years and highly recommend a product called Urine Off. It's somewhat expensive. About $20 for a spray bottle. It was actually developed for nursing homes to clean urine/feces/vomit (nice...I know ). IT WORKS! You can probably find it at a vet clinic. Best thing I've ever found for neutralizing pet or human bodily fluids. Sometimes though....you just have to get rid of the carpet because the stain itself won't come out. We've went to all hard floors and never looked back.
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