As a dog parent, it is inevitable that you have to clean dog vomit, and if you have hardwood floors, they can just as easily fall victim to your dog’s illnesses as any other surface in your home. Although most dogs prefer to get sick on carpet, it doesn’t always work out that way. Dog vomit can dull the finish hardwood floors if it is not cleaned in a timely manner; dog vomit is acidic, and it’s not your hardwood floor’s friend.
If you want to learn how to remove dog vomit from your hardwoods, you’ve come to the right place. In the guide, we will list the steps you will need to take to get rid of dog vomit permanently.
Before you start
It’s a good idea to gather all the items you’ll need to complete the job before you begin. For this somewhat nasty job (someone has to do it!), you need the following:
4 ways to clean dog vomit off hardwood
Now that you’ve gathered the necessary tools, try to soak up as much of the vomit as possible before you begin, being careful not to rub the vomit into the surface of the hardwood. Note that these suggestions are for sealed floors.
1. remove vomit
You’ll want your gloves from now on. Bring paper towels and/or a cleaning cloth. As we’ve discussed, you’ll want to remove as much vomit as possible before you do anything else. Be sure to remove all the pieces and not smear them on the surface. Focus on absorbing the liquid rather than rubbing it. Keep dabbing the liquid until you feel you’ve absorbed as much as you can.
2. Mop with washing up liquid
Then dab some dish soap on the stain. You can use a spray bottle for this if the area is not that big. Clean the floor with a damp mop until the dishwashing liquid is gone.
3. Disinfect the floor
You can either use an enzymatic cleaner or hydrogen peroxide to rid the area of odor and eliminate bacteria. If you use hydrogen peroxide, be sure to use it safely. Hydrogen peroxide contains antibacterial and antiviral cleaning agents that naturally sanitize, lift, and remove stains and odors.
For safe use you will need to dilute the peroxide – mix 1 cup of peroxide and 2 cups of water. Pour into the spray bottle and shake. Test an inconspicuous spot before spraying the vomit area to make sure the peroxide won’t stain your floor. If you choose an enzymatic cleaner, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
4. Dry the area
Use your microfiber cloths to thoroughly dry the area. If you find there is still a lingering odor and/or stain still present, repeat the process.
As a pet parent, you know accidents will happen. As a general rule, it’s best to clean up accidents before they settle in for too long. Sometimes, however, this is not possible. If dog vomit remains on your hardwood floor for a while, it may be more difficult to remove. You may need to repeat the steps several times to remove the stain, and if you can’t remove it, you may consider calling a professional.
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