Uh-oh, did Fido or Fluffy spew their food all over the carpet? Especially if you have pets, knowing the best bile stain removal methods is crucial. Here, we've rounded up the best ways to clean up bile, how to remove particularly stubborn stains, and finally, how to get rid of any lingering odors so that you can enjoy pristine, fresh-smelling carpet, even with pets in your home.
How to Clean Up Bile
First things first: Don your protective gear (gloves and a mask) to protect yourself from getting sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces and keep people and pets away from the cleanup zone. Then gather your supplies. You'll need a big trash bag, paper towels, microfiber cleaning cloths, baking soda, white vinegar, dish soap, and water. Follow these steps:
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- Get rid of any chunks of vomit using the paper towels and trash bag.
- Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the stain(s) and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the stain.
- Vacuum up the baking soda.
Next, prepare a DIY carpet cleaning solution:
- Mix 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 cup of water.
- Use this solution to gently blot the bile stain (using your microfiber cloth) until it is gone.
- Finish by rinsing the area with cold water and then let everything air-dry.
How to Remove Stains and Odors
Knowing how to remove pet bile stains from carpet is key, but in addition to knowing how to clean your carpet and get rid of stomach acid stains, you will want to learn how to eradicate any pesky odors that remain (which is common). If the homemade carpet cleaner solution doesn't quite do the trick, the best carpet cleaner for dog or cat vomit is an enzyme-based cleaner. Enzyme-based cleaners work on both the stain and the odor:
- Soak the stained area thoroughly with the cleaner and then blot with a clean, damp towel.
- Repeat this process, adding more cleaner if needed, until the stain is gone.
- Rinse the area with cold water. Keep in mind that you can also cover the area with a damp towel and let it sit for up to 72 hours (just keep the towel damp the whole time), which will keep the enzymes working to eradicate extra-stubborn smells.
- Let the carpet air-dry (opening the windows and/or using a box fan will speed up the process) and finish by vacuuming.