How to Clean Vomit Out of Perforated Leather Seats

When you vomit, your stomach acids corrode anything in their path, including leather car seats. If you’re unlucky enough to vomit on your leather seats, don’t worry—there are many ways to clean them up. This article will discuss how to clean vomit out of perforated leather seats. Just follow these simple methods and your seats will be good as new!

How to Clean Vomit Out of Perforated Leather Seats

Cleaning vomit on leather seats can be a challenging undertaking. Not only is vomit extremely corrosive, but leather seats are porous and can easily absorb all the vomit contents. Therefore, after you’ve finished vomiting, it’s best to clean your leather seats as quickly as possible to minimize any potential damage caused by stomach acids.

How to Clean Vomit Out of Perforated Leather Seats Detailed Guide

Method 1: Using Steamer

Suppose you find that the vomit stain has dried up. However, you can still clean it using a steam cleaner. Steam cleaner is one of the most effective ways to clean leather car seats or any other kind of leather.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Paper Towel and Clean cloth
  • Steam Cleaner
  • Water
  • Cleaning brush or a toothbrush

Step 1.

If the vomit stain is dry, first moisten it with water. Next, use a wet sponge and lightly apply some water to the affected area until you feel that the spot has been dampened.

Apply water to the affected area

Step 2.

Liberally sprinkle baking soda all over the stained area.

Step 3.

Lightly scrub the baking soda into the leather using a short bristled brush or a toothbrush in a circular motion. Baking soda is pretty abrasive, so avoid scrubbing too much as it may wear away at your leather seats’ coating over time if only used once every few months.

Step 4.

Take another clean cloth and wipe off excess baking soda from your seat upholstery, ensuring that you don’t leave any residue behind.

Step 5.

Make a mixture by adding a few drops of dish soap into some warm water and stirring until thoroughly mixed together.

Step 6) Dip a clean cloth in the soapy water, ensuring that it isn’t too wet to the extent that the leather seats may be soaked. Wring out excess soap from your cloth until you have enough soap on your brush/cloth to lightly dampen your seat cover with soapy water.

Step 7.

Lightly scrub the stained area using a circular motion with your dampened cloth or brush, applying as little pressure as possible for best results as you don’t want to damage the delicate fabric of your car’s leather seats. Next, you can switch to a clean, dry cloth to wipe off the loosened dirt and grime.

Step 8.

Use a dry brush or cloth to smooth any raised fibers gently; this will also help remove dried particles that may be stuck on the surface of your leather seats.

Step 9.

You can add more water into your bowl with soap and then use it to rinse off soap residue from the car’s upholstery. Next, spray your car’s leather seats with a hose until it is thoroughly wet but not soaked through before you finally leave it out to dry. 

Method 2: Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar

If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you can use this formula to clean your leather car seats instead. Using hydrogen peroxide and vinegar is one of the most effective ways to clean leather car seats, but if your car’s fabric has any rubber or plastic on it, you might want to avoid this mixture as it can damage those surfaces.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Paper Towel and Clean Cloths
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • White vinegar (5%)
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or a Brush

Step 1.

Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar

Step 2.

Lightly moisten the vomit stain using water with a paper towel or clean cloth, making sure that you don’t soak your leather car seat as this will spread out the vomit and make it more difficult to remove.

Step 3.

Spray your upholstery lightly with the hydrogen peroxide vinegar solution until it is damp but not drenched. Let it air dry for 20 minutes if possible before attempting to wipe off any residue from your leather seats with a clean cloth, and let them air dry completely on their own once you’re done cleaning them.

Step 4.

If there are still some marks on your upholstery, you can mix 1/4 cup of dish soap with 1 quart of warm water. Use this solution to wipe away any stubborn stains by applying it directly to the affected area using a sponge or clean cloth before letting your car’s seats air dry again for 15 minutes.

Step 5.

As an alternative to using hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, you can use baby wipes instead. Gently rub the baby wipes onto the vomit stain until it comes off entirely while simultaneously wiping away excess moisture every few seconds.

If you see any sticky residue left behind, you can mix three tablespoons of dish soap with 2 cups of warm water and use this to clean your seats instead.

Step 6.

Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar in a bowl filled with warm water. Dip a clean sponge in the soapy upholstery mix and lightly scrub at the affected area until it is completely gone. Then again, wipe away all moisture from your leather car seat using a dry cloth or paper towel once you’re done cleaning them.

Method 3: Using Leather Cleaner

You can also use a store-bought leather cleaner to clean the vomit from your car seat. It is for leather as other cleaners might damage or discolor your upholstery. The cleaner should be able to take care of the stain easily.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Leather Cleaner (Purchase from your local hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s)
  • Paper Towel and Clean Cloths
  • Water (Spray Bottle)
  • Sponge or a Brush

Step 1.

Apply the leather cleaner onto a cotton cloth and use it to wipe down the vomit stains thoroughly. You can follow up by wiping it with paper towels or clean cloths to remove any excess dirt that might be left behind after cleaning with the leather cleaner.

Step 2.

Finally, spray water all around your car’s upholstery and allow it dry naturally to eliminate any musty odors and kill germs which is much more sanitary than using harsh cleaners! You should never use an automatic/vapor steam cleaner on perforated leather because this type of seating consists of many tiny air pockets where moisture can easily get trapped inside and create mold growth.

Method 4: Using Dry Cleaning Solvent

Things You’ll Need:

  • Dry Cleaning Solvent (Purchase from your local hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s)
  • Paper Towel and Clean Cloths
  • Water (Spray Bottle)
  • Sponge or a Brush

Step 1.

Use a dry cleaning solvent to clean vomit from car seats as it can lift stains off much more quickly than its wet counterparts. To use the cleaner, apply some on a sponge or brush and gently wipe down your leather upholstery until the mess is completely gone. Make sure you don’t scrub at it because it could damage your car’s interior surface.

Use dry cleaning solvent to clean vomit

Step 2.

Ensure that you remove the excess moisture by wiping off any dirt with paper towels or clean cloths before allowing your upholstery to air dry for 20 minutes. If possible, open up all windows in your car too so fresh air can circulate inside and help speed up the drying process because moisture might cause your leather seats to warp over time.

These methods will help in how to clean vomit out of perforated leather seats.

Get Rid of Vomit Smell From Leather Car Seats

Getting rid of the vomit smell can be challenging because vomit comprises many different things. Here are a few tricks to get rid of the vomit smell:

Trick 1: Baking Soda

Baking soda is the most effective way to neutralize the smell and reduce your effort. Sprinkle baking soda on your leather seats and leave it there for an hour. The sweep of the excess baking soda with a brush, go for another hour and vacuum it off. Repeat this step if necessary

Trick 2: Vinegar

Use vinegar to remove all traces of vomit from car seats. Spray down your seat with apple cider or white distilled vinegar and let sit until dry, then use a brush to wipe out the seat completely. If you’re concerned about leaving any strong odors behind, try sprinkling baking soda and letting that sit before vacuuming it up.

Trick 3: Febreeze

Using neutrally scented Febreze can help reduce the smell left behind by vomit. First, get rid of excess vomit as best you can, spray the affected area with Febreeze, then wipe it away completely with a clean cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Trick 4: Baking Soda + Vinegar Paste

Combine baking soda and vinegar to make a paste, apply onto leather seats and let sit for 30 minutes. Use a scrub brush to remove vinegar/baking soda paste from your leather car seat. Leave overnight before brushing off residue or vacuuming up the remains.

Combine Baking
Soda and Vinegar

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Perforated Leather Seats Better?

Perforated leather seats are not necessarily better than regular leather seats – it depends on the type of leather and the use of the seat. Perforated leather seats tend to be more comfortable in hot weather, as they allow the air to circulate more easily. However, perforated leather seats can also become damaged more easily, so they may not be the best option for cars that are used frequently.

Is Perforated Leather Weaker?

It depends on the specific type of perforated leather and how it is being used. However, generally speaking, perforated leather is stronger than non-perforated leather because it allows water and other elements to flow through the holes more easily. This increases the overall durability and lifespan of the leather product.

Can You Ruin Leather With Water?

No, water should not be used to clean leather because it can damage the surface of the leather and cause it to become brittle and difficult to care for. Instead, a leather cleaner or conditioner should be used to clean and protect the surface of the leather.

Do Perforated Leather Seats Get Hot?

Leather seats can get hot, depending on the conditions in which they are used. In warm, dry climates, leather seats can heat up quickly due to the absorption of body heat from the occupants. In cooler climates, leather seats may not heat up as quickly due to the decreased absorption of body heat.


A wet towel is the best way to clean vomit out of perforated leather seats. If it’s not too gross, use your saliva and spit on the spot! It will help break down the proteins in the vomit and make them easier to remove. But if you can’t do that (or don’t want to), warm water and soap should work fine. Make sure you dry it off thoroughly before sitting back down, or you’ll be getting even sicker than before. We hope this article on how to clean vomit out of perforated leather seats will be helpful.

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Matt Clark

Hi, this is Matt, and I am a leathercraft hobbyist. I have been working with leather for quite a bit of time. When I was a teenager, my father taught me the basics of leathercraft. Along the way I have learned a lot of things about leather work leather items, restoring leather, and creating leather accessories. I started this blog to share my knowledge of leatherworking with others and help people learn about this amazing craft. I also wanted to create a community of like-minded people who could share ideas and support each other in their leatherworking journey.

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