Even though dogs bring the greatest pleasure and joy to people’s lives, they can be messy creatures on some occasions. Through their rambunctious play, dogs shed hair, slobber, and even poop on carpet leaving behind unimaginable stains that can pose a health risk to humans. Contaminated dog feces can transmit zoonotic diseases including Gardia roundworms, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and potentially hookworms.
Because despite how hard you try to prevent it, accidents do happen all the time. It is vital to learn how to clean dog poop out of carpet so that you can avoid significant damage to carpeted floors and remove offensive odors. In this guide, we present to you a step-by-step guide on how to remove dog poop from carpeted surfaces and make your precious investment look brand new again.
- Washable/disposable Gloves
- Vacuum or Steam Cleaner
- Cleaners (dish soap, white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide)
Scrape the Solids First
Of course, the first step involves carefully getting rid of the solids before moving to poop smell and bacteria. Wear your disposable or washable gloves before picking up the solid poop. Gather some paper towels and pick up as much of the poop as possible.
Toss the mess into a bin bag or a plastic sealable trash bag. For dried dog poop, use a blunt knife or cardboard to scrape the mess and lift it off of the carpet. After removing the majority of the feces from the carpet, take it directly to the dumpster to prevent the awful scent from spreading all over your apartment.
Remove the Excess
Carefully scrape the remaining poop using a dull knife or cardboard and dispose of the mess in a plastic bag. Do not dig too deep into the pile, because this might work the feces further into the carpet fibers and make the rest of the job even more difficult. Also, be careful not to rub the stain as you might end up forcing the excrement deeper into the fibers.
Simply be gentle throughout the process. You can use a paint scraper or old spatula for this purpose. After you have removed almost all messes, tie up the bag and throw it into the dumpster. Now move on to cleaning and sanitizing the carpet.
Blot Away the Stain
At this stage, you need to absorb as much diarrhea from the carpet as possible using a paper towel. Lightly press the paper towel onto the stained area. Try not to rub the surface at all costs. Rubbing the stain will separate the fibers, causing the mess to move deeper into the fibers of the carpet.
Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid (such as Dawn). Spray your cleaning solution onto the stained area and then blot up until the liquid is absorbed. You might need to continue applying the solution and blotting up until no more stain appears on the paper towel. Once most of the diarrhea is gone, allow the area to dry out completely and move on to the next step.
Vacuum or Steam Clean the Affected Area
It is not easy to get rid of diarrhea with your bare hands alone. You will need a powerful vacuum cleaner designed to pick up dog hair (since dog poop may contain hair) deep within the fibers. Vacuuming is also intended to remove any tiny particles and bacteria left behind.
Not only does it suck up any leftover grime, but it can also expedite the dry-up process. Using a steam cleaner is another perfect alternative to vacuuming. Steam cleaning is all about the use of heated water to sanitize your carpet so that you can feel more comfortable to use it again.
Address the Lingering Stains
Even after spending a considerable amount of time trying to clean dog’s solid poop and diarrhea out of carpet, an unsightly stain is still likely to be left behind. Worse still, the affected area may leave an unpleasant discoloration after drying. Therefore, it is necessary to soak up the stain with cleaning solution to remove the stain and preserve your carpet.
You can use some commercial stain removers or hydrogen peroxide to address the stains. Simply dilute 2 tablespoons of the peroxide with 1 gallon of distilled water to create a cleaning agent. Spray the mixture directly onto the stain and sprinkle some baking soda over the area to start a chemical reaction. Work the mixture into the fibers using a stiff nylon brush, and then allow it to sit for an hour. Wipe out the mixture and blot up any moisture.
Deodorize Your Carpet
After cleaning dog poop out of carpet, you may still notice pale odors around the affected spot. There are two main things that can cause odor: tiny bits of fecal matter that are not visible with your naked eye and leftover bacteria that were not removed by vacuuming or steaming. It is fundamental to take care of odors once and for all.
Failure to take care of dog poop odor, your dog will be attracted to that same spot for future relief. That area will essentially become his pooping territory. Getting rid of all smells is a sure-fire way to avoid the likelihood of future messes.
One of the best ways of tackling odor is to deodorize it with vinegar. Mix ½ cup of warm water with ½ cup of distilled white vinegar. Stir the mixture to blend fully. Then, carefully apply it onto the area where the stain was and allow 5-10 minutes to soak in. Finally, rinse the area with cold water and wipe up the excess moisture with a towel.
Another way of addressing odor is to use a steam cleaner. Go over the affected area a couple of times with steamer. The heat serves to sanitize the carpet fibers and break up any residual mess leaving your carpet smelling fresh. Even a small handheld steamer will do the trick. For best results, run a traditional vacuum cleaner over your carpet after steam cleaning.
The other alternative way of deodorizing a carpet is to use soapy water. Mix 2-3 drops of antibacterial dish soap with 1 cup of cold water. Apply the mixture onto the stained spot and work it into the carpet fibers using a stiff nylon brush or gloved fingers, until it develops a good lather.Last but not least, rinse the area with cool distilled water to wash away the soapy residue and to get rid of any remaining detergent. Using a soft cloth or paper towels, blot up the rinsed area to remove excess moisture. Allow the carpet to air dry before putting it back to use.
Dog poop and diarrhea messes are inevitable no matter how hard you try to prevent this occasional accident from happening. While cleaning dog poop isn’t fun, you can tackle the problem on your own with just a few (often readily available) ingredients and a little bit of elbow grease. Use the tips discussed above to clean dog poop out of carpet and save money on cleaning costs.