How To Clean Vomit From A Car


Accidents happen and people and animals get sick, and when it happens in your vehicle, this can be a real pain in the butt, particularly when it comes time to clean up the vomit as the longer you leave it the more it may leave stains, germs and bad odor.

If not removed immediately, you find it disgusting to stay in your car even after cleaning it. In fact, there may be an instance in which the process of cleaning augments the problem. This is why it is important to know how to clean vomit from car, and this article is intended to teach you how to do it correctly.

What You Need To Follow This Tutorial:

    • Scrub Brush
    • Rubber Gloves
    • Spatula/Plastic Putty Knife
    • Paper Towels
    • Microfiber Towel
    • Face Mask
    • Baking Soda
    • All-Purpose Cleaner
    • Air Freshener
    • Activated Carbon

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1. Prepare Everything Before Entering the Car

Entering a car with vomit may also cause a person to get sick. The sight of vomit alone is enough to make your stomach go wild, let alone smelling the bad odor that comes from it. Before you enter the car, put on your face mask and gloves. You can put some menthol cream or any scent inside your face mask to offset the bad odor.

2. Get Your Tools to Remove Sold Materials

When you enter the car, make sure to open all the doors, so that you can easily remove all the materials in any direction as needed. Start removing solid materials by scooping them with spatula or putty knife.

Try to press the edge of the spatula to see whether some wet materials will appear from the carpet. Instead of using metal, use rubber or a vinyl spatula so it doesn’t damage the carpet.

3. Remove Moisture from the Car

After removing solid waste from the surface, the foul smell will still linger inside. This comes from the wet materials that remain on the carpet. Such moisture may also spread the odor on other surfaces. To remove the moisture, get some paper towels and press them onto the surface to absorb the moisture.

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4. Apply Baking Soda

When you’re done removing the moisture using paper towels, the area will still remain wet usually with a stain. Put some baking soda onto the area, and let it sit for two to three hours.

Sometimes, you may notice a spot on the baking soda, which means you have to add more baking soda. After 3 hours, scoop and scrape the baking soda with spatula or putty knife then, vacuum up the area.

5. Remove the Stain

Now that you have removed the vomit completely, there is no more smell lingering inside. However, there may still be a stain remaining on the surface. To remove it, apply an all-purpose cleaner on the surface.

Scrub the area with scrub brush; then, wipe the area with microfiber towel. Afterward, leave all the doors open for two to three hours more to let the air flow freely.

6. Remove the Recurring Odor

Even after completely cleaning the vomit, there will be times the bad odor recurs. To avoid this, put a bowl of activated carbon inside the car. This will deeply absorb any remaining odors. Finally, you can spray an air freshener to help with the smell.

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Life happens and people get sick and throw up, if you happen to be in your vehicle, this is just one a little mishap. This is why we have come up with the steps on how to clean vomit from car the right way, so that all you have to do is to follow the above steps.

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