Poop stains are probably the kind of stains you least want to see on the carpet. The usual culprits are babies, kittens and puppies, although an older dog pet can also sometimes cause trouble. Poop stains are unsightly and leave an unpleasant smell that can penetrate the carpet fibres.
If you find yourself staring at some dog poop stains on the carpet all too often, you should do 2 things. One, try to discipline your dog and two, learn how to tackle this sort of stain so that it doesn't leave lasting damage on the carpet. The following guide aims to provide you with some information on the latter.
Professional vs DIY
Professional carpet cleaning is always a great way to deal with unwanted stains. The experts use specialised solutions and the right tools that guarantee the whole process is a success. However, when you have little to no time to waste, it is up to you to deal with the pet stain on your carpet. All the tips shared below can help you with the cleaning process and to clean dog poop stains not just from the carpet fibres.
Important things to remember when you clean dog poop
- Don't let the dog poop stain sit for long - the more the poop remains on the carpet, the harder it becomes to clean.
- Move the pet to another room while cleaning the stain - you don't want them around as you will need the space.
- Be careful with your technique - rubbing drives the stain deeper into the carpet fibers. Instead, you should blot dry with a paper towel or a baby wipe.
- Refrain from using strong chemicals - your carpet may not tolerate things like chlorine bleach. Anything you use should first be tested on a small inconspicuous area, to be sure it is safe. Otherwise, you can damage the carpet.
- Avoid excess liquid - don't oversaturate the carpet with a pet stain remover. It is best to keep the solution in moderation and use paper towels to soak the moisture.
How to get poop stains out of carpet
The following is a step-by-step guide to dealing with a mess on the carpet left by your dog.
How to get dog poop out of carpet
- Remove the poop - don some gloves and place the faeces in a plastic bag. Be as quick as possible so that it doesn't sit to further stain the carpet. Scoop up the excess poop with paper towels or a disinfecting wipe.
- Mix your own DIY cleaning solution - you will require 3 ingredients to tackle the carpet stain. One tablespoon of dish soap/dishwashing detergent along with one tablespoon of white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide are both added to two cups of cool water. Avoid soaps that contain bleach, as it can be harmful when added to a vinegar solution.
- Test the cleaner - to be sure your cleaning solution won't damage the carpet, use a small amount of it on a hidden area first. if no discolouration or damage occurs, you are safe to treat the area.
- Treat the stained area - blot the area working from the outside of the stain. Pour a small amount of your cleaning solution onto a clean cloth or use a spray bottle. Wait for a few minutes so the disinfecting spray can do its work and then blot dry.
- Rinse and dry - pour some cold water onto the stain and blot again. Remove excess moisture with a cloth or some paper towels.
- Work with oxygen bleach or other heavier solution for stubborn stains - to clean dog poop that is resisting your DIY solution, you may need something stronger. A few extra drops of hydrogen peroxide can do the trick, or perhaps an ammonia-based cleaner. Refrain from using this on wool carpets, as it can damage them.
- Deodorise - one way to remove unpleasant odours is to use baking soda. Cover the stained area with baking soda and let it sit overnight. After that you just vacuum it and the smell should be gone. You can also mix a solution of one part vinegar and one part warm water to spray on the area before applying baking soda. Or you can add a few drops of essential oil to the soda before you vacuum to make it smell nice.
How to remove old stains from the carpet?
If your dog has left dried poop on the carpet and you didn't manage to deal with it quickly, here is what you should do.
- Spray your solution on the stain - spray directly on the stain and blot till the area is completely dry. You can also try a solution of dish soap and warm water to apply to the area.
- Scrub gently - since the stain is already absorbed, it is time to use a soft bristle brush to loosen it up. Apply some cleaning product and scrub the affected area gently. Blot with a clean cloth or a paper towel. Repeat till the stain disappears.
- Sprinkle baking soda - after you have absorbed all the liquid, let the carpet dry and sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda. It will remove unpleasant smells.
- Vacuum the area - once you remove the baking soda from the area, there should be no unpleasant odour.