How to Get Dog Diarrhea Out of Carpet
When you are in a situation where you need to clean poop stains from your favorite rug, chances are you are not looking forward to it. Whether Fido has a stomach bug or wants revenge because you did not give him enough treats, a pet stain is never a good time.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make this smelly process as painless as possible – even for the worst feces stains:
- Clean the stain as soon as possible. Cleaning prevents odor and other pets and kids from interacting with the dog poo.
- There may be remnants of poop on the carpet fibers – remove those with a baby wipe or a damp paper towel by pinching the poop upwards.
- Make a DIY cleaner with water, white vinegar, and dish soap. Be sure to test a small patch of carpet with the solution before pouring it over a large stain.
- Spritz or pour the cleaner onto the stain, and pat gently until the solution absorbs. Do not rub – you can make the stain worse.
- Whenever the stain has dissolved to your liking, pour cold water over it. Blot excess cleaner off, then apply baking soda for 10 minutes.
There are also cleaning products available if you do not want to make your cleaner. However, this method works wonderfully in a pinch!
Will baking soda clean dog poop from carpet?
While baking soda is a practical tool in cleaning dog diarrhea, it cannot do the job on its own.
Baking soda does not help with stain removal, but it does help get rid of bacteria and harmful germs that could lurk on your carpet after you finish cleaning. It is best to use baking soda in conjunction with vinegar (at the very least) to remove the carpet stain.
Will a carpet cleaner remove dog poop?
A carpet cleaner will remove dog poop but can get pricey. If you already have a Rug Doctor or some other form of carpet deep-cleaning vacuum, though, this method will most likely be your preferred one.
Some reasons you may want to invest in a carpet cleaner are:
- You do not have to be as close to the pet waste
- Carpet cleaners do not leave remnants
- Better for your carpet than vigorous blotting
Also, if you have a new puppy and expect this to be an issue, the investment is worth it. Having to scrub poop stains every day is way more time-consuming than using a carpet cleaner.
As mentioned above, you can purchase carpet cleaners that come in spray bottles and usually have a bristled brush nozzle. These cleaners work but are not as effective on old pet stains.
How do you get dried poop out of carpet?
There is nothing worse than coming home after a trip to the grocery store or a vacation to see fossilized dog poop on your carpet. Fear not! Even old dog poop stains are removable if you use the proper method.
Most importantly, you need to wear gloves – especially if there is plenty of waste leftover on the carpet. Then, grab a paper towel (or 10) and clean up the large pieces of poop.
Take a pre-treatment spray with oxygen bleach in it and apply it to the crusty carpet. Mix up liquid laundry detergent and distilled water, soak a scrubby brush or sponge in the solution, and drench the stain.
Let it sit for 10 minutes, then take the brush and rub the stain until it dissipates. When you finish, rinse it with water and blot it to get rid of any moisture.
How do you get dog diarrhea smell out of your house?
The smell is pretty much the worst aspect of dog diarrhea, and unfortunately, it likes to stick around. It can feel like the odor will never go away, but there are a few ways you can keep the stench at bay:
- Mix baking soda and white vinegar and spray it on the stain
- Lemon juice
- Febreeze or other air fresheners
Baking soda is a deodorizer, making it ideal for getting rid of awful smells. Whenever you clean dog diarrhea, sprinkle a liberal amount over the stain, and the smell should go away after a few hours.