Removing Poop Stains From Carpet
By Steve Gillman
The following instructions for removing poop from carpet are
generally applicable for stains caused by excrement from humans.
We also have a page on how to remove
dog poop. Of course, if you don't want to deal with this
yourself, there are always professional carpet cleaners to turn
to. But for the do-it-yourselfer, here are the steps to take.
Using rubber or latex gloves, remove any large pieces. If
the excrement has dried you can scrape out much of it using the
edge of a spoon or a dull knife (a sharp one will probably cut
and damage the carpet fibers). If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner,
flush the spot with water and extract it several times before
taking the next steps.
Mix a tablespoon of clear ammonia with about four ounces of
water. This solution will neutralize odors as well as clean the
stain. Apply it carefully a little at a time, using a spray bottle
if possible. Don't let it soak down too deeply into the carpet,
and blot it up between applications, using white paper towels
or a clean white cotton cloth (a baby's diaper works). Use up
the solution in this way and blot up as much as you can before
going to the next step.
Mix a cup of warm water with four or five drops of dish washing
detergent. Dawn (the plain blue variety) works well, but other
will do if they do not have too much perfume added. Spray this
on the poop stains and gently work it in without heavy rubbing.
Remove it by blotting it up (that wet/dry vac might help too).
Repeat this until you see no more transfer of the stain to a
white cotton cloth or paper towel when you dab at the spot.
If there is still some stain remaining you may need the help
of a professional carpet cleaner. Removing poop stains from carpet
is also about the odor, of course, and these may come from deeper
down - even if the visible stain is gone. You can also apply
a carpet freshening powder to the area and vacuum it out later
to help with this.
Common 3% hydrogen peroxide might remove any poop stains that
remain. Apply it very carefully to the fibers using a cotton
swab. Let is stay there for a hour and then rinse the spot and
dry it. This also further sanitizes the carpet, of course.
To dry the carpet you can use white paper towels stacked and
weighted over the spot, replacing the paper towels every half-hour.
Alternately, put a fan where it will blow over the area.
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