How to Remove a Dog Vomit Stain From Carpet and Rugs

How to Remove a Dog Vomit Stain From Carpet and Rugs

WARNING: This article is kind of gross!

We’re not going to sugarcoat it, this is one of our least pleasant cleaning tips, but if you need to get rid of dog vomit stains, this is the article for you.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into this Stain Solver guide to cleaning dog vomit.

All pet owners know the joy that a dog can bring into your life, but they can also bring some pretty unpleasant messes too. One of the worst parts of having a beloved pup is when they throw up on your rug! Cleaning up this mess can be an odious task, but thankfully with the right tools and products, you can make the job easier. Let's talk about how to remove pet puke stains efficiently, restore your rug to its former glory and keep your pup safe in the process.

In this blog post, we will walk you through a step-by-step guide for using Stain Solver to clean up pet messes on rugs and carpet without having to call a professional carpet cleaner, saving you tons of money!

Why Do Dogs Get Sick?

If you wake up one morning to pet vomit on your carpet your first concern is probably for your dogs health! Here at Stain Solver we’re cleaning experts, and not canine health experts, so we’ll refer you to this page from the American Kennel Club for more information on how to keep your pooch in good health.

Once you’ve made sure that your beloved pup is okay we can turn our attention to cleaning up the stained area.

What to Do When Your Pet Gets Sick!

Before we go into our step-by-step process we want to go over a few general best practices for cleaning up pet stains.

Act Quickly!

Acting quickly to remove dog puke stains is super important. Just like any other stain, the longer that you let pet vomit sit on the carpet, the more difficult it will be to remove. We recommend that you hold your nose and try to get the vomit out of carpet or rugs as quickly as possible. Cleaning fresh vomit is going to be a lot easier than waiting until it’s become a set in dried vomit stain.

But if you’ve been putting off this unpleasant job for a little while, you don’t need to give up hope! It’s still possible to save your rug.

Remove Fresh Vomit First

We told you this article was going to be gross! You’ve got to make sure that you get as much of the icky solids and excess liquid off of the carpet as possible before you start the process below. Use a paper towel or a old towel you don’t mind throwing out to remove fresh vomit from the carpet. We also recommend that you wear gloves, but that’s a personal choice.

Why Are Dog Puke Stains So Hard to Get Out?

Dog puke stains can be difficult to remove due to the acidic nature of their vomit. The acidity can cause the stain to set in quickly and bind to carpet fibers, making it hard to get out without damaging the material.

Additionally, dog puke often contains food particles which further compound the problem by creating a stubborn, sticky mess. Proper cleaning techniques and products are key to successfully removing these stains.

How To Use Stain Solver as a Dog Vomit Carpet Cleaner

Luckily, Stain Solver is the perfect cleaning tool for these kind of unpleasant messes. We’ll show you the step-by-step process to remove vomit from carpet and make your rug or carpet look like new.

Here at Stain Solver world headquarters we dealt with this very same problem recently, and we’re going to show you exactly how we got some great results removing vomit from carpet.

We’ve included a picture of the culprit, Tucker, when he’s being majestic and doesn’t have an upset stomach:

tucker the black lab

But this is what he did to the rug in the middle of our living room:

a rug with a dog vomit stain on it

Not the prettiest sight, and it had some unpleasant odors associated with it as well. Luckily it was pretty easy to get rid of this vomit stain.

Step-By-Step Instructions


Here is what you’ll need in order to clean vomit off your rug.

  • Stain Solver
  • Hot water
  • Paper Towels
  • A soft bristled scrub brush.

Optional materials:

  • A spray bottle
  • Dish Soap

Now that you’ve got all of the stuff you’ll need, it’s time get cleaning!

Note: Stain Solver is safe to use on most fabrics, but can be damaging to wool or silk. We recommend conducting a spot test in an inconspicuous location to ensure that no discoloration occurs.

Prepare The Stain Solver Solution

First you’ll need to prepare the cleaning solution. For jobs like this you’ll want between a half-gallon and a gallon of water, so you’d mix a ½ cup to a cup respectively. Consult this chart for information on how to scale this if you want to use less or more water.

Mix the Stain Solver powder and hot water together, and stir until completely dissolved.

Apply The Stain Solver on the Affected Area

Pour the solution onto the stained area, and let it soak. You’ll quickly start to see the stains lift from the carpet fibers, as Stain Solver does its work. This is where you can use a spray bottle if you see fit, though we gently poured from a cleaning bucket like this one and found it to work well.

Lightly Scrub and Reapply as Needed

We’ve found that for this type of job it often works best if you reapply the solution a few times over the course of a few hours to see the best results.

What we found was that we’d see a lot of the dried vomit and stubborn stains rise to the top, but just kind of hang out there. When this happened we would take some dish soap and a soft scrub brush and lightly brush the stained area, removing the vomit stain more effectively.

After a light scrub we re-applied some more Stain Solver and found that it took care of all the vomit stains very effectively.

Rinse and Dry

Once you’ve gotten all of the stains out of your carpet, we recommend rinsing with cold water and letting it dry out. Once that’s done, your carpet should be looking good as new!

Check out the results that we got using this exact method!

a picture of a rug once it has been cleaned with stain solver

Why Is Stain Solver Such an effective solution for Cleaning Vomit?

You might be wondering how exactly Stain Solver is so danged good at removing pet stains, and if there’s anything in it that could harm you or your pup.

The secret to Stain Solver’s cleaning power lies in a safe chemical reaction that occurs when it’s mixed with water. The active ingredient in Stain Solver, sodium percarbonate, turns into hydrogen peroxide, a common household chemical you probably have in your medicine cabinet right now!

Hydrogen peroxide “decomposes” (which is just a fancy chemistry word for turns into) into water and oxygen over time. Because of this Satin Solver is safe to use around pets, plants, and children, much safer than many commercial carpet cleaners which use harsh chemicals for their cleaning.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! Stain Solver is the best way to clean dog vomit, but works well on all kinds of pet stains, from cat vomit to all sorts of other spills, Stain Solver will make it easy to clean up all your toughest messes, without the need to call a professional carpet cleaner.

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