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How To Clean Cat Vomit Stains

Updated on May 4, 2017
Bobcat
Bobcat

Cat Puke!!! Ewwwww!!!

Cats seem to find every non-edible thing in your house. Whether it be a thread fiber, a piece of carpet, a shred of paper or who knows what else, it always seems to come out in a little pile somewhere in the house. On top of that, cats are constantly cleaning themselves. All that hair coughed up ends up giving you something to clean. It always seems to happen in the most visible place in the house too.

Meet Bobcat! While he looks adorable enough, he has his moments. While in another room, the distinctive sounds he was making were clearly indicating that something was coming up. Upon entering the room, Bobcat could be seen darting away from a pile in the middle of a wool rug. Naturally, he avoided the hardwood floors because they are easier to clean. In the middle of the wool rug was a pile of hair, string and bile.

Cat vomit stain on wool rug
Cat vomit stain on wool rug

The clump of hair and string and whatever else was removed with a paper towel. Left behind was the bile and saliva. Immediately the stain began to penetrate the rug. A paper towel was used to blot as much of it as possible, but that was hardly enough to save the carpet.

Close up of cat stain on wool rug
Close up of cat stain on wool rug

Here is a close up of the stain. This type of stain can easily be permanent. Obviously nobody wants a stain like this in a prominent place in their home. Not only does it ruin your rug, but it is unsightly, uninviting and embarrassing.

How To Clean Cat Vomit

Cat stains can be easily removed if properly cleaned. Genesis 950 is the best way to remove stains. Whether it be a bile based stain, or a more complex stain containing food, Genesis 950 works unlike any other cleaner. It is a surfactant based cleaner. It does not contain chemicals like bleach, it does not have soaps, nor does it use vinegar or ammonia. Bleach can damage and discolor your carpet or fabrics. Soaps have a tendency to attract more dirt to the area and trap dirt or other matters into the fibers making them look worse. Ammonia and vinegar can release odors that might attract your cat to go the the bathroom in the spot where they were used. Cat urine contains some of the same chemical compounds found in ammonia. This scent can cause confusion for your cat and make them think the area is now their bathroom.

As a surfactant cleaner, Genesis 950 works with water to be absorbed into the stain. Once it comes in contact with it, it will break the structural bonds of the stain and in turn lift it from the surface it has adhered to. Once it has been broken down, it can then be flushed away.

In addition to being a great cleaner, Genesis 950 is a green product. It will not release any toxins that can cause harm to your pet or your family. It is also safe to use on fabrics, carpeting and rugs. It will not damage or discolor the material.

To remove pet stains using Genesis 950, mix with water at a ratio of anywhere from 1 part Genesis 950 to 7 parts water all the way up to a 50/50 mix of 950 and water. In this example, Genesis 950 was mixed with water in a spray bottle. The bottle was filled a little over 1/3 of the way with Genesis 950 and then the remaining 2/3 of the bottle was filled with water.

After any debris has been removed from the area, spray the stain. Be generous with the spray so that it saturates the stained area.


Once the stain has been sprayed, allow the mixture of Genesis 950 and water to be absorbed. In this example, the stain was allowed to sit with the mixture for about 3 minutes.



The breakdown of the stain can happen quite quickly. Even after about a minute, the area already seems to be looking better without even putting any real effort into it!



After waiting a few moments, use a damp sponge, rag or towel to gently scrub the area.



After scrubbing, the stain has already been broken down and removed.

Next, rinse the area with clean water. In this example, the sponge was used to release water to the area. Rinsing the area will remove any particles that might still be left behind from the initial cleaning. After rinsing, remove as much excess water as possible. Here, the sponge was used as well as paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.



The stain is removed and all that is left is to have the carpet dry. The spot seen in the photo is from the moisture in the carpet.






Allow the area to dry. In this photo, a fan was placed by the rug to speed the drying process up.

Once dry, the stain is gone without a trace. In this picture, the lighting was different than when the accident occurred. initially, the process began in the morning with natural light filling the room and no flash used on the rug. After drying during the day, the final photograph was taken in the evening using room lighting and the flash. This is why there is variation in the color of the rug from the first photo to the last.

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