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How to Clean Dog Poop From Carpet


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 lingering odor.

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.

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