Doggy Accidents: How To Get Poop Out Of Carpet?
There is nothing like coming home from a busy, frustrating day at work and being greeted with a wagging tail and plenty of dog kisses (and licks).
Having a dog is certainly one of life’s greatest pleasures.
However, as adorable as they may be, your lovable doggo may tend to be the messy little one. While you can train your dog to know when and where to do his business, sometimes, accidents happen and he just won’t be able to make it to the yard to relieve himself.
This is especially true if you tend to leave your buddy alone for work. So, when arriving at home, you smell and saw something unsightly, especially on your brand new carpet, please don’t take it out on him.
What you need to do is to get a bandana on, put on your rubber gloves and get down to business, as soon as see those tiny, yellow to brown hotdogs he made just for you.
Let’s gather the equipment you will need:
In addition to the previously mentioned safety and hygienic equipment— the bandana so you won’t have to hold your breath or risk gagging and a pair of gloves, obviously— you should also prepare:
- White paper towels
- A plastic dustpan or a piece of disposable cardboard
- Sealed plastic bag or doggy poop bags (optional)
- Laundry detergent
- Oxygen-based bleach
- Soft-bristled brush
- Soft clean white cloths
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Warm water (except for wool carpets)
How To Get Poop Out Of Carpet? 7 Steps To Follow
Determine Carpet Type
First, you will have to determine the kind of carpet you have. This is because the methods that you can safely use in order to deal with dog poops on your carpet will depend on the type of carpet you have.
You can use hot or warm water in dealing with doggy stains on all types of carpet. All except for wool. For wool carpets, you will need to use cold water and also need a special cleaning method.
Remove The Solids
If you see blocks of poop on your carpet, then you’re lucky. This is going to be a lot easier and less revolting. However, it is a different story if it is runny like diarrhea.
Either way, you still need to start off by picking up whatever solids you can. You can use paper towels as much as you can and the plastic dustpan or cardboard to remove as much solids as you can.
When removing the solid, try not to move the mess around. Also, don’t mash or blot the stained area since you will be forcing the stain deeper into the carpet.
After this, place it in the sealable bag, or just flush everything down the toilet.
Pre-Treating The Stain
After removing the solids, you need to pre-treat the stain. A technique borrowed from professional carpet cleaners, pre-treating the stain with a few drops of your oxygen-based fabric cleaner and letting it soak in for a while works deep into the carpet fibers, breaking down the stain, to make it easier to clean.
Mixing the Cleaning Liquid
As you wait for the pre-treatment, mix up some hot water and laundry detergent in a bucket. 2 splashes of detergent in a gallon bucket of water should be enough. Then use it to soak the poop stain gently.
Leave it alone for 15 minutes to further break down the stain.
Scrub, Scrub, and Scrub Some More
After your cleaning mixture has worked its way to your carpet fiber, it is time for you to get down and do yours. Get the soft-bristled brush, dip it in the liquid solution and scrub that stain out.
Make sure to do it from the outside towards in, so you won’t damage your carpet fibers. Don’t scrub outwards since this can spread the stain further.
Rinsing and Drying
After all that scrubbing and if you see that the stain seems to be gone, it’s time to rinse. You will not need that cleaning liquid anymore so throw it out and give your bucket a serious cleaning.
After that, fill it again with water, distilled or spring water is ideal, but you can also use tap water. Rinse the soapy mixture from the carpet with the clean water. Make sure that you removed all soapy residues from the carpet.
After that, using a soft cloth and paper towels, tap and blot your carpet as dry as possible.ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
Dealing With The Odor
If you think you’re done, then think again. Your carpet may smell amazing with the detergent you used, but after a little while, you’ll start smelling that nasty smell again. In particular, your dog will recognize his smell and is more likely to do his business on your carpet again.
To prevent that, you will have to deal with the odor.
Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Add the solution to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, use another clean cloth or paper towels to blot it dry again.
For an additional stain and odor removal power, get the baking soda and sprinkle it over the stained area. Leave it alone overnight or a whole day. Using a vacuum cleaner, remove all sprinkled residue.
If possible, don’t try to use a specialty odor neutralizer. Other than being expensive, these chemicals can be very dangerous for your doggo, if eaten.
Special Steps For Woolen Carpets
For those with wool carpets, most of the above steps can damage your precious carpet. So, here are the special steps in cleaning dog poop on woolen carpets.
- Remove the solids.
- Make 1 part distilled water and 2 parts white vinegar mixture in a sprayer. Spray this solution on the affected area.
- Using paper towels or white cloths, blot the carpet dry. Don’t even think about scrubbing a wool carpet, or you’ll ruin it.
- Use a spot remover that is “safe for wool”. Use this instead of detergent and water cleaning mixture. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Using another clean cloth, press down on the affected areas to soak up the final bit of liquid.
- Then use baking soda as described above.
Consider Hiring Professional Carpet Cleaners
If you do not have the time or the stain and odor is too much for you to handle, remember that professional carpet cleaners exist. They are the expert in such situations and ensure a clean, spotless, and fragrant carpet in just one call.