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DIY Auto Detail: Guide to Removing Vomit from Your Car’s Upholstery

DIY Auto Detail: Guide to Removing Vomit from Your Car’s Upholstery | Premier Auto Detailing

Picture it. You have your family loaded up in the car and you’re on your way when it happens…one of the kids gets sick all over your car’s clean upholstery. Ick. It’s gross, but thankfully, it’s not the end of the world.

If you are a DIY type of person, you might want to try performing your own DIY auto detail before investing in a professional interior detail. According to “How to Get Vomit Smell Out of Car” on GetSmellOut.com, there are a few things you can try yourself to remove vomit from your car’s upholstery.

1. Clean the mess.DIY Auto Detail: Guide to Removing Vomit from Your Car’s Upholstery | Premier Auto Detailing

The first step in your DIY auto detail is to get as much of the vomit out of the car as you can. Removing vomit from your car’s upholstery in a timely manner is important. Avoid letting the mess sit and soak into the fabric, as this can lead to a much worse smell later on. GetSmellOut.com suggests using a spoon or other hard edged object to help you scoop as much of the matter out of the car as you can.

Once you’ve removed as much throw-up as possible, it’s time to introduce some cleaner. This step should also be done as soon as possible. Using a vacuum and brush with a car upholstery or carpet cleaner will help bring out vomit that you were not able to remove and lift odor that is left behind. The longer the mess is left to sit, the harder it will be to remove the vomit from your car’s upholstery. Be sure to find a cleaner or shampoo that is safe for your car’s interior before scouring the affected area.

2. Remove the smell.

Oftentimes, removing vomit from your car’s upholstery doesn’t immediately rid your vehicle of the smell. Odors might still be trapped even after using a cleaner. If the odor persists, try airing your vehicle out by leaving the windows down when driving. The fresh air will help reduce the impact of the lingering smell.

You can also try a mixture of household products when removing vomit from your car’s upholstery. Club soda, vinegar, peroxide, baking soda, and ammonia can all be used to help counteract a terrible smell. Try using them in the combinations mentioned in the GetSmellOut.com article for maximum effect.

There are also many store bought mixtures that are created to deodorize your vehicle. Applying these products that pack a high dose of smell-good scents could rid your vehicle of the strong smell left behind by the vomit Again, be sure that the deodorizing mixture is safe to use on your upholstery before applying it to the fabric.

3. If you can’t solve the problem, call a professional.DIY Auto Detail: Guide to Removing Vomit from Your Car’s Upholstery | Premier Auto Detailing

These DIY auto detail tricks will hopefully help you successfully remove vomit from your car’s upholstery. Unfortunately, there are many factors that may lead to you having to seek professional cleaning help — like trapped throw-up, lingering smell, and upholstery damage. Thankfully, Premier Auto Detailing specializes in getting even the worst messes out of your vehicle with our interior detail services.


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