Vomit on a Leather Couch?

I am looking for advice to get the smell of vomit out of a leather couch? My 20 month old was sick on our leather couch and I have washed it with different cleaners but I can still smell it when I go to sit down. It's not a nice smell. I am a little embarassed to have anyone come over in fear they smell it. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Susan from Ontario, Canada

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By carla bledsoe (Guest Post)
November 3, 20061 found this helpful

you don't say what kind of finish you have but if it is smoothe, try saddle soap. you may have to really rub and rub but it usually gets leather looking and smelling nice again. smell the saddle soap may not like the smell of the soap!

July 25, 20080 found this helpful

I found a solution that cleaned 2 year old vomit from my leather couch, from a silmilar situatoin of a child being sick. Buy foaming Saddle Soap from an equestrian store. This will clean the leather down to the source of the smell (in my case I had tried several remedies including Nature's Miracle, FeBreeze, and other items to clean/mask the smell). The Saddle Soap brand I used was Fiebings. Then I put A LOT of fresh unused baking soda on the leather and rubbed it in (don't use the stuff that has been sitting in your refridgerator). VAcuum up the excess. This will kill the smell about 50% and open any barrier that keeps the leather from getting wet. Then after the leather dries for a day or two, make a water and baking soda "batter" and rub it on the leather. The solution will soak in, so you'll see the leather darken from being wet. Let this bry a bit and just use a vacuum brush to remove the dried baking soda. After rubbing off any excess baking soda, let the leather dry, then treat the leather with appropriate leather conditioner for your couch. I used Lexol Conditioning Wipes which I also found at the equestrian store. I can't belive I finally have a couch that I don't have to hide or wrap in blankets. This has changed the color a little of the leather, but I think it is better than having a couch that reeks or having to resort to buying a new one.

March 1, 20090 found this helpful

I was desperate to remove vomit odor from my sick 11 year old bulldog. I tried everything with no luck. Finally, I tried mellielou's method and the sofa smells so much better. I've only done the first saddle soap/baking soda application, and am excited to smell the results after I apply the paste in a few days. Thanks mellielou!


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November 2, 2006

My son vomitted on our leather couch. We cleaned it with leather wipes, conditioner and our steam vac inbetween the cushions on the fabric. The odor is still there the next day. Any suggestions on eliminating the odor safely from the leather?


JLL from wisconsin


Vomit on a Leather Couch

We have pets and have discovered a spray called Nature's Miracle at the pet store that used natural enzymes to clean urine and feces odors caused by pets. The spray destroys the source of the odor rather than covering it. You could try that but test it on a spot first. It never has harmed any fabric or wood or anything we have, but you never know. It might work. Have heard of people using full strength lemon juice for odors but have never tried that. Also that spray Febreeze might help but I don't know. (07/27/2006)

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