How to Get Spit Up Out of Upholstery

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum

  • Clean cloths

  • Dry cleaning solvent


Remove dried spit-up from upholstery by first scraping off dry, flaky residue with a spoon before proceeding with the steps.

Treat lingering spit-up stain by applying more baking soda to the upholstery and leaving it overnight. Vacuum the next day to remove the natural deodorizer.

A full tummy often leads to spitting up.

Baby spit-up, or regurgitated formula or breast milk, is similar in nature to vomit. When spit-up ends up on upholstery, it leaves behind a protein-based stain that often contains color as well. Fast action to remove a spit-up stain prevents it from soaking into the upholstery. You can even remove a dried spit-up stain, along with its unpleasant odor, with the right supplies and proper techniques while maintaining the condition of your upholstery.


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Step 1

Use paper towels to remove spit-up from the surface before tending to the rest of the stain.

Blot the spit-up stain with paper towels to pick up any substance sitting on the surface of the upholstery. Once you remove the spit-up material, press a paper towel into the surface to absorb moisture.

Step 2

Cover the spit-up stained area of upholstery with a mound of baking soda. Leave the baking soda on the upholstery until it absorbs moisture and dries completely. As it dries, it wicks up remaining moisture from the spit-up and deodorizes the smell.


Step 3

Remove the baking soda with a hand vacuum or upholstery attachment.

Vacuum the dried baking soda off the upholstery.

Step 4

Dampen a clean cloth with dry cleaning solvent. Dab at the upholstery to remove any color stain caused by the spit-up. As the color stain transfers to the cloth, change to a clean part of the cloth and continue to dab.

Step 5

Allow your upholstery to air dry completely before using again.



Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.