How To Get Vomit Smell Out of A Couch

Is there anything worse than coming home to find your couch covered in vomit? Not only is it a huge mess, but the smell of vomit can linger for days and make your home unenjoyable. Fortunately, there are some simple techniques for getting rid of that pungent smell quickly and easily.

Here’s how to get vomit smell out of a couch!

How To Get Vomit Smell Out of A Couch

Basic Rules Of Vomit Smell Removal

We here at Brisbane Upholstery Cleaning always advise to contact us for professional stain and smell removal. When it comes to cleaning upholstery, there’s a lot that could go wrong if you want to attempt it yourself.

We know that it can be tempting to try this yourself, so here are some tips you could follow at your own risk:

Get Rid Of The Vomit Immediately: Don’t just sit back and wait for the smell to disappear. As soon as you find vomit on your couch, act quickly. Use paper towels to soak up any excess liquid, and then use warm water and dish detergent to scrub the area clean.

Give Household Items A Try: Before you reach for harsh chemical cleaners, try some household items first. Baking soda and vinegar are two of the most popular choices for removing the vomit smell from fabric upholstery.

Get Those Scrapers Ready: If the smell is strong and won’t go away with household items, you may need to get a little more aggressive. Use a putty knife or other scraping tool to gently remove any dried vomit from the couch fabric.

How To Get Vomit Smell Out of A Couch?

Step 1: Remove The Vomit First

Before using any cleaning products, get rid of as much vomit as possible. Use a damp, lint-free cloth or paper towels to wipe up the vomit from the couch. If any chunks are stuck in the fabric or cushions, use a butter knife or other flat tool with a blunt edge to scrape them off. Discard all of this material in an appropriate manner.

If possible, remove the cushion covers and machine wash them. Follow the instructions on the fabric label; some fabrics may need to be dry-cleaned instead of washed in a regular washing machine.

Step 2: Spray The Couch With A Cleaning Solution

Once the vomit is removed, spray the area with a household cleaner or upholstery cleaning solution containing enzymes. For the former, you can use a solution of 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of warm water. If you don’t have any special cleaner or enzyme solution, use a mild detergent and warm water instead.

Step 3: Wait For The Cleaner To Work

Allow the cleaning solution to sit for 15 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.

Step 4: Rinse The Couch With Water

Once you have wiped away the cleaning solution, rinse the area with clean water and a damp cloth. It’ll help remove any remaining residue that could cause odours or attract dirt in the future.

Step 5: Vacuum The Couch

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining debris, and be sure to get into the crevices in the cushions. This will help eliminate odours from vomit particles that are left behind.

Step 6: Air Dry The Couch

Finally, allow the couch to air dry before using it again. It’ll ensure that all the moisture from the cleaning process is removed and won’t cause further damage. After your couch is completely dry, you can use a fabric freshener to help eliminate lingering odours.

How To Get Rid Of Old Vomit Smell From A Couch?

For A Leather Couch:

Sprinkle baking soda over the affected area on your leather, covering it completely. Leave for around 10 minutes, then vacuum off.

For Fabric Upholstery (ones that come with SW or S tags):

Mix 2 drops of liquid dish soap, 2 tbsp baking soda, and 100ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a 1 litre spray bottle with the rest filled with luke-warm water. Spray the affected area. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then scrub gently with a soft-bristled brush or cloth. Wipe away any remaining residue with a damp cloth, and allow to air dry.