Dealing with vomit in your car from motion sickness or pets can be a disgusting task. The situation affects over 3 million people in France, making it a common issue for many drivers. The key is to act promptly and know the correct methods for cleaning.
Immediate action is best
As unpleasant as it is, immediate action can significantly reduce the difficulty of cleaning. Here are some quick steps:
- Firstly, ensure your vehicle is safely pulled over.
- Next, use paper towels or rags to remove as much of the solid matter as you can, and also absorb as much liquid as possible.
- Finally, gently dab the area with a clean, damp cloth. Avoid rubbing as it can spread the mess or make it penetrate deeper into the material.
Washing removable car mats
If the mess is on a removable car mat, it can usually be washed with a strong cleaning agent. This can make the cleanup process a lot easier.
Dealing with seat stains and smells
Remnants on seats can unfortunately leave an unpleasant smell. This may require further treatment to completely eliminate.
Methods for removing vomit smells
There are various ways to remove the residual odour left by vomit. Here are a few of the most effective methods:
Baking soda is a great natural deodorizer. To use, sprinkle a generous amount over the remaining vomit stain. Let it sit for several hours to absorb the smell. Afterwards, vacuum up any remaining powder. If the stain is still visible, you can make a gentle paste of baking soda and water and apply directly to the stain. However, always be careful when treating leather seats to avoid damage.
Vinegar and Water Solution
A mixture of vinegar and water not only helps remove the smell but also disinfects the area. Wearing gloves, soak a cloth in the solution and scrub until the stain is gone. Be sure to leave your car windows open for a few hours after cleaning to help dissipate the vinegar smell.
Steam cleaning is an effective method that kills 99.9% of bacteria. If a steam vacuum isn’t readily available, consider using professional cleaning services.
Air Fresheners and Sanitizers
Once the area is completely clean and dry, air fresheners and sanitizers can be used to keep your car smelling fresh. However, be sure to only use these after a thorough cleaning, as they can mask the smell rather than removing it completely.