Car Maintenance: How to Clean Vomit From Your Car’s Interior

October 21st, 2020 by

Happy family in red car after car maintenance

You have small kids or a pet. Chances are good you’ll have to deal with your kids or dog throwing up in your car at least once in your adult life due to someone getting sick in your car. Todays’ blog from Thompson Sales explains some tips and tricks for how to clean vomit from your car’s interior.

How soon should I clean up vomit from my car’s interior?

Clean up the vomit immediately. Not only does the smell make other people want to vomit, it’s harder to clean up once it dries. Use paper towels, napkins, rags, or cloths to clean up the solid material and then soak up the liquid that’s left behind by blotting (not scrubbing) that spot. You’ll probably want to dispose of the cloths or rags as soon as possible. The longer the throw-up stays in your car, the more unwieldy this car maintenance becomes.

How do I get rid of the acidic smell and stain in my car?

Now it’s time to get creative for car maintenance to get rid of the acidic smell and stain. Several substances can assist you with this car maintenance process.

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar and water
  • Steam
  • Odor eliminator
  • Air freshener

These products can neutralize or deodorize the spots where you cleaned up the vomit.

Baking soda. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the vomit stain and leave it for several hours. Vacuum up the powder to eliminate any leftover odors.

Vinegar and water. Mix one part vinegar and one part water for a faster solution than baking soda. Vinegar has the added benefit of disinfecting the car’s interior and reducing the smell. Wear a pair of gloves, dip your cloth or rag into the mixture, and scrub until the stain comes out. Test the vinegar on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t stain the seat or floor. Leave your car windows open for a few hours after cleaning with vinegar and water.

Steam. If you have some extra cash on hand, a steam cleaner removes any germs remaining in your car’s upholstery. Steam cleaners also have the benefit of not leaving behind any odors from their use (unlike vinegar).

Odor eliminator. Odor eliminators come in liquid form, such as in spray bottles, to get rid of any wayward smells. Try to use unscented odor eliminators, because scented varieties can cover up rather than eliminate odors.

Air fresheners. You’ve seen the trees that dangle down from the rearview mirrors. Air fresheners also attach to your air conditioning vents to spread a pleasant aroma throughout your car. Whether you prefer the scent of bacon, flowers, mint, or pine trees, there are plenty of options to freshen the air in your vehicle following a puking incident.

Where can I take my car for maintenance in Springfield, Missouri?

Thompson Sales wants you to get the most out of your new or used vehicle. That’s why we bring you car maintenance tips as part of our regular blogs. Contact Thompson Sales or call (417) 763-6811 for more details on our car maintenance services.

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