How to Clean Dog Poop Out of Carpet
Dealing with a trained dog in the house is not much of a task. Most of the time, the dog will be on its best behavior. But, once in a while, accidents might happen and the dog might poop where it’s not supposed to.
Getting rid of the stain and stench quickly is important. If you don’t remove the poop immediately, the smell could become unbearable as it settles deeper into the fibers. If you don’t know how to clean dog poop out of carpet, this quick guide will come in handy.
Make sure you have a pair of protective hand gloves when handling dog waste. Without the proper protection, the waste can cause infections to any cuts that you might have on your hands.
Timing is Key
It’s crucial that you remove the poop as soon as you notice it. The longer it sits on the carpet, the harder it is going to be to remove the poop as well as the smell.
Start by removing the solids. Use some paper towels to collect the mess on a cardboard or a dustpan. Place the poop in a sealable plastic trash bag and toss it out.
You should not attempt to clean the stain until you have collected as much of the solid waste as possible. Cleaning the carpet with the excrement on top only pushes it into the fibers making it harder to remove later on.
If your dog is having diarrhea problems, you will need to let the poop dry before you can try to clean the mess up.
Place a bowl over the poop to allow the poop to dry without being stepped on spread all over the carpet.
Once the poop is dry, you can remove the solid bits using paper towels and a scrapper. Try as much as possible not to rub the poo into the fibers.
You can use a fork to lift the poop and scrape it off then use a vacuum cleaner to remove any traces of the poop.
Once all the solid waste is off the carpet, you need to deal with the smell. The best option is to sprinkle baking soda on the spot and let it rest overnight. This will help to absorb and remove the scent.
To get rid of as much of the stain and smell as possible, you need to treat the carpet before scrubbing the stain off.
For the pre-treatment, use a laundry product that has oxygen bleach as one of the ingredients. Spray this over the stained area of the carpet and let it sit for a few minutes as you work on the cleaning solution that will get rid of the stain.
Soaking the stain
Make suds using two tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent mixed in a bucket with distilled or heated spring water. Use the solution to soak the stained area and let it sit for 10 minutes. This will help to loosen the stain and lift it off the carpet fibers.
Scrub the stain off
You will need to get on your knees for this one. Using a soft bristle brush to protect the carpet fibers and your bucket of sudsy water, you will scrub the stained area. Dip the brush into the sudsy water and keep scrubbing the area until the stain is gone. To avoid spreading the stain, work from the outer edges towards the center of the stain.
Rinse the carpet
After you’re satisfied that the stain is now gone, you can proceed to rinse the carpet. This will help to remove the soapy residue, then use paper towels to blot the area and remove excess moisture.
With the poop and stain gone, you should be able to assess the presence of the foul smell with ease. If the smell still lingers, you can add one part of vinegar to one part of spring mineral water. This acts as an odor-removing agent. You will later need to remove the smell of vinegar which you can do by pouring more baking soda and letting it sit overnight.
After using these methods and achieving the desired results, you can perform a routine clean on the carpet and make sure it’s thoroughly dry thereafter. Over the next couple of days, you can leave the fan and windows open to let out any moisture.