If you have ever had the misfortune of someone vomiting in your car then you will know how difficult it can be to clean up properly, the foul odour it gives off and how hard that odour can be to remove. The key to eliminating the odour and to preventing it from reemerging is to remove the source of it, which is the living bacteria in the vomit. This is done by using a designated biological cleaning product which contains active enzymes and ingredients that break down and kill the bacteria, therefore removing he source of the odour.
It is advisable to ensure you wear protective gloves when dealing with any bodily fluids and maybe a face mask when cleaning up vomit if the odour is particularly bad. Open up the car before and during cleaning to aerate it and help remove any existing odor. The first stage of cleaning is to remove as much ‘loose’ vomit as possible, this should be done simply using paper towels. If the vomit had dried you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove it but ensure you remember to change the bag afterwards.
Once any loose vomit has been removed you should spray/treat the affected area generously with a designated biological cleaner and allow to dwell so the active ingredients have time to work. You should then use a damp micro fibre towel to work the cleaner into the affected area. A stiff bristled detailing or nail brush can be used to help lift vomit from stubborn areas but be sure not to overwork the area as you may inflict unnecessary wear onto the surface of the upholstery.
Ideally a wet vac extraction machine with clean warm water should be used to thoroughly extract the area. If you do not have access to a wet vac extractor you can use a vacuum cleaner with a suitable attachment but ensure you soak up any excess moisture first with a dry micro fibre towel to prevent the vacuum cleaner from taking in too much moisture. If there is vomit on the hard surfaces then these should also be cleaned in a similar fashion. Any loose vomit should first be removed with paper towels. A biological cleaner can then be used with a micro fibre towel to wipe over the area and ensure any bacteria is killed.
After this stage though, a designated plastic/trim cleaner or diluted all purpose cleaner should be used to thoroughly clean the area and remove the biological cleaning product residue. Again, a stiff bristled detailing or nail brush can be used to work the cleaner into the grain and remove vomit residue from any awkward areas. Once cleaned, the car should ideally be left open for a while to further aerate it and to help the interior dry. Then finally you can use an air freshening product and close up the car and this should process should effectively and permanently remove any vomit odours.