How to Clean Mouse Droppings from Carpet

How to clean mouse dropping from carpet

Ugh, mouse droppings! If you find these around your house, you may first want to find a pest control agency!

Cleaning them up will be another priority. After all, not only are mouse droppings gross, but they can also carry disease.

Mouse droppings can be especially hard to clean out of a carpet because they are small and have a sticky texture. But clean up is not impossible.

Read on to learn how to eliminate mouse droppings on carpets to keep your home clean and safe.

Can You Vacuum Mouse Droppings?

There is no doubt that the easiest way to clean a carpet is to vacuum it. If you have mouse droppings on your carpet, it may seem like vacuuming is the easiest way to eliminate them.

However, vacuuming can create dust that may contain the Hantavirus. Rodents mainly spread this virus and can produce various flu-like symptoms.

While vacuums can pick up droppings, inhaling the virus from particles that may leak through vacuum exhaust is risky.

Avoid using a vacuum cleaner to protect your family from this deadly virus.

What is the Safest Way to Clean Mouse Droppings?

It is crucial not to create dust when cleaning mouse droppings. Therefore, the safest option is to use a detergent or disinfectant.

When cleaning with a detergent or disinfectant, there are several steps to take that will ensure that you don’t risk spreading disease. I’ll summarize these in the next section.

How Do I Clean Mouse Droppings Off the Carpet?

Follow these steps to remove mouse droppings safely and effectively without risking your family’s health.


Cleaning mouse droppings safely starts with the right tools. Recommended cleaning supplies include the following:

  1. N95 Face Mask
  2. Rubber gloves
  3. Disinfectant or detergent
  4. Paper towels
  5. Sealable Plastic Bags

Step 1: Ventilate house

Before cleaning mouse droppings, open all doors and windows to let your house ventilate for at least 30 minutes. Stay out of the area until it’s thoroughly ventilated. This will ensure you don’t inhale any hazardous dust in the air.

Step 2: Apply Disinfectant

Put on rubber gloves and soak the area thoroughly with detergent or a disinfectant. Many disinfectants are on the market. Be sure the one you are using is safe for carpets.

Your carpet may have a care tag or owner’s manual that tells you which cleaners and disinfectants are safe. If you can’t find one, contact the manufacturer or ask an expert for advice.

Once you have determined which disinfectant is safe for your carpet, apply the solution to droppings with a spray bottle.

Step 3: Let it sit

Leave the solution on the carpet for five minutes to properly disinfect the carpet.

Step 4: Picking up droppings

After five minutes, the solution should cause the droppings to loosen so you can easily remove them from the carpet. Do so using a paper towel. Afterward, immediately place the paper towel in a plastic bag and seal it tightly.

Step 5: Dispose of Droppings

Once you have put the droppings in the plastic bag, put the bag in a trash container with a tight-fitting lid. If possible, take the container outside of the home.

Step 6: Wash Gloves and Hands

Before taking the gloves off, wash them using antibacterial soap. Wash all the areas of the gloves for at least 20 seconds to kill the bacteria present. Then remove them and use the same procedure to wash your hands.

Step 7: Steam Clean Carpet [Optional]

To ensure bacteria or viruses don’t linger, use a steam cleaner to disinfect the carpet. Most options have an onboard heater that will heat water to disinfect the surface. Opt for a steam cleaner with a nozzle and pad suitable for this surface type.

Additional Cleaning Tips

In addition to cleaning mouse droppings, you must ensure all your surfaces are clean after a mouse infestation.

Mice urinate as they move, so you might not see any puddles, but that doesn’t mean your home isn’t contaminated.

To ensure your surfaces are spotless, wipe or mop the hard surfaces in your home with a disinfecting cleaner.

Any surfaces where you prepare food and all pots, pans, cutlery, and utensils should be cleaned with hot water and an antibacterial dishwashing liquid.

Using a kitchen surface spray cleaner to clean food cupboards and drawers would be best.

Tips for Preventing Mouse Infestation.

While knowing how to clean mouse droppings from your carpet is valuable information, avoiding an infestation is ideal. Here are some tips that will help you keep rodents out of your home.

  1. Install door sweeps under doors and repair damaged windows and door screens. Place these on vents and chimney openings. Use caulk, steel wool, or a combination of both to seal cracks and holes on the exterior of your home. These steps will keep mice from getting in from the outside.
  2. Mice are attracted to food. Seal the food in airtight containers so they don’t become lured by the scent. Take out garbage regularly.
  3. Mice are also attracted to moisture. They like to camp out where they can drink at their leisure. Fixing leaking pipes and clogged drains will keep your home moisture-free so mice don’t feel welcome.
  4. Inspect items brought into the house, such as boxes and grocery bags, to ensure mice don’t sneak in with outside packages.
  5. Firewood and shrubbery are enticing to mice. Be sure to trim your bushes and lawn regularly, and don’t leave any wood near the home. Eliminating mice hide-outs will make them less likely to hang around your residence.

About the author: Garrick, the visionary behind Cordless Vacuum Guide, brings over a decade of hands-on expertise in cordless vacuum testing to his insightful reviews showcased on this platform. Beyond his passion for empowering consumers with informed choices, he cherishes precious moments with his family, exploring global cuisines and exploring different horizons with his beloved wife and son. Follow him on Youtube, Tiktok, Facebook, and Instagram.