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, apply a stain remover to the stain. It should be a pre-wash laundry stain product and it needs to say “oxi” somewhere on the bottle (OxiClean, Oxi-Action, etc). You could also purchase a product specially made for pet stains, whether a stain remover or carpet cleaner. These sorts of products can be purchased at grocery stores, pet stores, or retail stores like Target and Walmart.
3. Next, it’s a good idea to prepare a bucket of cold, soapy water as well. After you’ve sprayed your stain remover, use a cloth dunked in the soapy water to scrub the stain. Alternate between spraying and scrubbing, 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.
4. 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.
5. 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). Pour this mixture onto the carpet and blot up. Then, sprinkle baking soda on top, making sure it gets down into the fibers. Let this sit overnight and then vacuum up the next day. 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 carpet cleaning company like First Choice Carpet Cleaning. With our heavy-duty equipment and carpet cleaning expertise, the stain won’t stand a chance.