How to remove Vomit Stains

Vomit is composed of bile, mucus and albumin that is extremely acidic in the pH scale which will age and set rapidly. Vomit is a water soluble stain which means that traditional solvent dry cleaning will not remove the stain or smell. If the vomit is on a dry clean only garment then you will need to find a professional dry cleaner that uses the wet clean process to remove the stain.

If the stain is fresh, it will wash out with a little soap and water without much effort, if the stain has dried and set for a long period of time then that’s a different story.

An aged vomit stains will need a lot of extra help in the form of an enzyme and possibly some physical scrubbing effort from you. Wash the garment first to remove as much vomit as possible but do not dry the garment. Then either apply the enzyme direct on the vomit or create an enzyme solution to soak the entire garment, the technique used will depend on the amount of vomit and the color of the garment. If there is a little vomit stain it will be easier to apply the enzyme directly to the stain, but if there is a lot of vomit or the color bleeds then soaking the garment is a better choice.  Either method requires time for the enzyme to work so be patient and hold your nose during the process.

A good enzyme will remove all of the visual stain and smell. Enzyme product are found at natural food stores as well as pet supply stores.

If you are uncertain on how to handle a certain type of material then consult your professional dry cleaner.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito

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