My cat threw up on my light beige rug--a nylon blend. I cleaned it up and coated area with shaving cream. Later on when I tried to clean more thoroughly, the stain would not come out. It is orange and very evident. I tried a rug cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, oxiclean - I seem to be making it worse instead of cleaning it up. Any suggestions on how I can get it removed?
Monica from Northeast, PA
By Darlene (Guest Post) 06/25/2008
Hi Monica I live in Fairview Pa. The best stuff that you can get you should be able to buy at Wegman's if you make it into Erie. I do not know but your grocery store might carry it. It is called Spot Shot. It comes in a orange & blue can.Y ou spray it on your carpet and generally the first time it works. As they say on the can you can watch as it works. And it really works! We even use it on laundry stains that you can not get out with anything else. Good Luck I think you will be happy with it. I love it. Darlene
Have had several kitty rescues and at one time five at the same time ... The best idea below is professional cleaning (to get rid of chemical residue and stains) and then thereafter I suggest (creepy as it sounds) to leave until the throw up dries and then vacuum ... The chances of stains are so small at that point because no rubbing damp stuff in to the carpet ... If a bit of stain still remains in the carpet after that then use white vinegar to scrub what might remain ... Personally I've found zero stains if patient for the drying process ... As a reminder, place a paper towel or dry rag over the spot as a reminder to not put pressure/step on it til dry ...
By JAN (Guest Post) 06/25/2008
A friend told me about peroxide. I use it for all stains in the carpet, even blood. Get the solid stuff up first, pat the wet spot with a dry paper towel, and use peroxide. It will even work if not taken care of immediately. Inexpensive too.
If you try peroxide, test it in a corner first because peroxide is a color lifting/color depositing agent ...
By Beth  06/30/2008
I have had good luck with Resolve spot carpet cleaner for pets.
By Carol in PA (Guest Post) 07/02/2008
I also have a cat who spits up hairballs on my carpet. I really like Woolite carpet cleaner for that purpose. I was able to get a free sample of the little rather ball shaped applicator and found it indispensible. Because they cannot be replenished with carpet cleaner, I bought a spray bottle of cleaner and used up applicator together. (You will know what I'm talking about once you see the applicator. It has a scrubber.)
I would not use anything foamy to clean carpet. Foam attracts dirt and you have to keep recleaning that area.
Also, I would not use peroxide as it will take the dye out of the carpet.
By Lori (Guest Post) 07/09/2008
Two words - SPOT SHOT
I swear by it and have been using it for years for cat vomit.
By (Guest Post) 07/11/2008
I had this problem with my Siamese and had tried every kind of food out there. Then Iams came out with their sensitive stomach formula (in the pink bag). Since switching to that, my Belle has not thrown up at all, previously she threw up about 5 times a week. It is more expensive but worth every penny in my book! Robbyn in Wisconsin
By Larry Habdas 08/09/2008
Pour large amount of baking soda on vomit; leave for 2 hours or longer. Pick up with paper towels or vacuum. Another good product: club soda. Saturate the stain, after first picking up the vomit/particles, then BLOT. Both of these work better than any commercial product we've tried.
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We have carpet stains due to one of our cats throwing up. I have tried nearly every "home remedy" and product on the market, to no avail. The stains appear to go away, but come back within a few days. I would like to avoid replacing expensive Berber carpeting!
Steph from Eastern Iowa
By TC in MO
First I lift up the solid stuff with damp paper towels. Then I spray the stain lightly with Stain Control and leave it soak in. After a couple of minutes I wipe the stain with more clean wet paper towels, then repeat if necessary. It always works for me. (01/05/2006)
By Linda from Milwaukee