The disgust factor is perhaps the hardest part of cleaning
up after the dog does his business on the carpeting. If you can
get past that and do what needs to be done you can clean most
dog poop stains from carpeting. You can even get the odor out.
Here are the basic procedures to follow.
Start by acting quickly when the accident happens. Some semi-solids
can be allowed to dry to make removal easier, but with dog excrement
it is best to remove it as quickly as you can to avoid deeper
penetration of the fibers. You can use rubber gloves to protect
your hands, and paper towels to help lift the larger chunks out.
Pull toward the center of the spot when lifting, so you do not
spread the stain; this is especially important with softer stool.
If you have a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, it will help tremendously
at this point. Just wet the spot and immediately suck the moisture
back out. Do this repeatedly until you have flushed out most
of the remaining stain. You may want to flush out the wet/dry
vacuum with fresh water and a some disinfectant spray afterward.
Here's a video to help explain the process
of removing dog feces from carpet:
If you do not have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, apply a bit of
water and blot it up with plain white paper towels. Do this several
times, until you no longer see the transfer of the stain to the
paper towels. Be careful not to add too much water or you will
spread the staining substance and you may have difficulty removing
the odor later.
Now mix an ounce of clear ammonia in about a cup of water.
This solution will help clean the remaining dog poop from the
carpet fibers, and will help neutralize the odors. Apply it several
times, preferably with a spray bottle, and blot it up after each
application (or use the wet/dry vacuum cleaner). Paper towels
will work for blotting if they are tough enough. Otherwise, you
can also use diapers. Just push and let the moisture soak in
when blotting; don't rub too much or you'll damage the fibers.
Use up the solution in this way.
Now mix a teaspoon of a non-perfumed liquid dish washing detergent
into a pint of water. Spray this on the spot and blot it up.
Repeat this step until you no longer see any on the poop stain
transferring to the blotting material. If this has not removed
the rest of the stain and odor, there is one more step you can
try before calling a professional carpet cleaner.
Using cotton swabs, apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to the affected
fibers. Let it remain for an hour or so, then rinse with water
and remove as much of the water as you can. This step also helps
further sanitize the spot. You might also sprinkle some carpet
deodorizer on the area and vacuum, just to cover or remove any
Dry the spot quickly with paper towels pressed on it repeatedly.
Place a fan where it can blow over the area for a few hours to
complete the drying.
You might clean the dog poop as well as you can and still
notice an odor. If it persists you will probably have to call
for help. Hire a cleaning company that uses a truck-mount (actually
this is usually in a van) hot water extraction unit, also known
as a steam cleaner.