We’re getting down and dirty today, folks, because the fact of the matter is—sometimes life is dirty. Very dirty. We’ve already covered what to do when your dog pees on the carpet, so today we’re moving on to number two. Though I sincerely hope that this isn’t a common occurrence in your home, if you have a dog, it’s important that you know how to clean dog poop out of carpet. Maybe you stayed away from home too long or maybe your puppy isn’t quite house trained, but when you see that brown lump on the carpet, you need to act fast. It won’t be fun and it’s bound to be smelly, but if you learn how to clean dog poop out of carpet beforehand, at least you’ll have the knowledge needed to get your carpet clean and odor-free fast.
How to Clean Dog Poop Out of Carpet
1. The first step is the most obvious. You need to remove the poop from the carpet (and do it as soon as possible). You can use rubber gloves, paper towels, a dustpan, or whatever else floats your boat. A plastic bag is really handy because you can use it the same way you would on a walk with your dog: stick your hand inside the bag, pick up the excrement, and then turn the bag inside out and throw away. If any bits remain after that, you could use a twig or popsicle stick to scrape it up.
2. Next, you need to prepare a detergent solution to apply to the stain. To make a detergent solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon of Non Bleach powdered laundry detergent, with 1 quart of water. After you’ve sprayed your stain remover, apply a small amount of your mixed detergent solution to the spot and blot the affected area. Be careful not to scrub aggressively as this can distort the fibers. Alternate between spraying and blotting, and rinse out the cloth as you go along so that you’re not rubbing the excrement back into the carpet fibers. Once the stain is gone, you can move on to the next step.
3. Use a cloth or paper towel to absorb the liquid from the carpet. Press firmly with your hand or stamp on the cloth with your foot. Repeat this step (using fresh clothes/towels when necessary) until the carpet is barely damp.
4. Finally, you need to get rid of any excess odor. Do this step even if you can’t smell the odor anymore (just in case!). Learning how to clean dog poop out of carpet isn’t just about removing the excrement; it’s about the smell too. To make your carpet odor-free, start with a solution of vinegar and water (1/4 cup of each). Spray this mixture onto the carpet and blot up. If any staining persists after the area drys try misting with undiluted 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (the brown bottle from the drug store). Mist the stain once a day for a couple of days and the stain should lighten. That’s it!
Everybody poops—even dogs. But if you know how to clean dog poop out of carpet, you’ll be able to leap into action at first sight of an accident.
But if that stain really won’t budge or you’re still smelling the odor days later, consider contacting a professional Jefferson City carpet cleaning company like SteamPro Carpet Cleaning. With our heavy-duty equipment and carpet cleaning expertise, the stain won’t stand a chance.