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How to Clean Dog Vomit From a Wool Rug: 8 Ideas & Tips

Written by: Savanna Stanfield

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How to Clean Dog Vomit From a Wool Rug: 8 Ideas & Tips

It can be frustrating and unsightly for a dog to vomit on any type of rug, but especially wool rugs as they are often expensive. Another thing about wool is that it is notoriously difficult to clean. This raises the question of how on earth you’re supposed to clean a wool rug that a dog has thrown up on.

If this situation applies to you, don’t worry. We are here to provide you with the steps and tips needed to remove dog vomit from a wool rug without damaging the rug in the process. There’s no need for expensive cleaning products or equipment. All you need is a few basic things and a little elbow grease.

Before You Begin

Before you begin to remove dog vomit from your wool rug, you’ll need to gather up all of your supplies beforehand. Here is a list of things you may need:

  • Gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Clean towel
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or club soda (your choice)
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Fan

Once you’ve gathered your materials, there are a couple of additional things that you need to know before you begin cleaning. Wool can be damaged very easily, so it’s very important that you do not try to scrub the vomit out of the fibers.

Also, avoid using harsh cleaning agents such as bleach, as it can damage the fibers as well. Keeping those two things in mind, follow the steps below to effectively remove dog vomit from your wool rug.

The 8 Tips on How to Clean Dog Vomit From a Wool Rug

1. Remove the Excess Vomit

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any excess vomit from the rug. It sounds gross, but doing so will prevent the vomit from further penetrating into the fibers and make the vomit underneath easier to clean. To clean up the excess vomit, you can either scoop it up with a spoon or you can use a paper towel to pick it up.

When removing and cleaning up dog vomit, you may wish to put on a pair of gloves. This is not 100% necessary as long as you wash your hands afterward, but it can help prevent you from coming into contact with bacteria or parasites in the event that your dog does have an illness. If you choose not to wear gloves, make sure that you don’t touch your face during the cleaning process and wash your hands immediately afterward.

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2. Absorb the Remaining Liquid

Next, you’ll want to place a clean towel or paper towel on top of the vomit stain. Apply gentle pressure to absorb as much of the leftover liquid as possible. Remember not to try to scrub the stain out of the rug, as this can damage it. Instead, you can use the towel to blot the stain, if necessary.

3. Apply Water to the Stain

Next, apply warm water to the stain to help neutralize and break it down. Make sure the water is warm, not hot, as hot water can damage wool. Then, use a towel or paper towel to blot the stain again, working from the outside toward the inside so that you don’t spread the stain.

4. Apply Baking Soda

The next step is to apply baking soda to the stain, which will help to absorb more of the excess vomit that wasn’t removed by blotting it. Pour baking soda over the stain enough so that it is thoroughly covered, then let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.

As the baking soda sits on the stain, it will start to form clumps. After about 10 minutes, you can vacuum up the baking soda and check to see how much of the stain has been removed.

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5. Apply the Cleaning Product of Your Choice

Now you’ll need to use a more powerful cleaning agent to actually take the stain out of the rug. You can use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or club soda to do this. But you don’t want to use anything stronger than that, or you could damage the fibers.

Club soda should be fine, but if you use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, you’ll want to do a spot test first to make sure that they don’t cause any discoloration to your rug. To do a spot test, apply a little vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to a rag and dab it on a hidden spot on the rug, such as near the edge or a part of the rug that would be hidden under furniture.

Let the product sit for about 5 minutes then check for discoloration. If no discoloration occurred, then the product is safe to use.

Apply more of your chosen cleaning product to a clean microfiber cloth, then use it to dab and blot at the stain. Continue to do this until the vomit stain is removed, applying more product as necessary.

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6. Take Care of the Odor

One of the great things about wool is that it is odor-resistant. As long as you’ve removed most of the stain, you shouldn’t be left with an odor. But, if the rug wasn’t made from 100% wool, it’s possible that an odor could be left behind.

If you are left with an odor from the dog vomit, you can remove it with baking soda or vinegar. Apply either product to the rug and let it sit for about 10 minutes. If you used baking soda, vacuum it up afterward. Repeat the process as necessary.

7. Rinse the Area

After removing the vomit stain and odor, rinse the area with water to remove any residue from the cleaning products. To do this, just wet another clean microfiber cloth and blot the area one more time.

8. Let It Dry

The final step is to let the area dry completely. If you can take the rug outside, this is the best option as sunlight can help the wool dry faster and can also help reduce odors if there is an odor left over. Alternatively, you can position a fan toward the stain indoors and dry it that way. In either case, you shouldn’t have to wait too long as wool tends to dry very quickly.

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If your dog throws up on your wool rug, don’t worry. The rug isn’t ruined and can actually be cleaned very easily as long as you use the right methods. The bottom line is that you want to be as gentle as possible since wool is a delicate fabric. But by following our instructions, hopefully, you’ll be able to remove dog vomit from your wool rug as safely and effectively as possible.

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