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If you have a cat or dog, there is bound to be an “accident” of some kind on your carpet at any point.
Whether your pet intentionally defecates on your carpeting or scoots on the carpeting to alleviate itching from worms or irritation from impacted anal glands, you will end up with pet poo on the rug.
It is a nasty business, and you should clean it up immediately to avoid health-related issues to humans and animals alike.
If you need to know how to get pet poop stains out of carpet, here are some helpful tips.
Have These Tools on Hand
When you first get a dog or cat, it is smart to assemble a pet accident cleaning kit at that time. If you have not gathered these tools together and keep them in one place for convenient access, now is the time to do that.
Here is what you need, plus a few extra tools that may prove useful:
- Disposable gloves: These are the best for cleaning up poop messes and then disposing of the gloves so that your hands never touch the mess.
- Scrubby brush: Acquire a really good one with really stiff bristles and a handle that won’t break under pressure. You will need this once most of the poo has been lifted from the carpet.
- A pet stain-specific cleaner: It helps oxidize the stain and break down organic particles in the poop.
- Rags you don’t mind throwing away, or heavy-duty paper towel
- A dual-sided sponge: Get something with a scrubby on one side, soft and absorbent on the other
- Natural cleaners that destroy odors so that your pet doesn’t return to the same area to defecate.
- An electric stain lifting appliance that focuses on small spots or areas.
- Carpet cleaners with attached scrub heads that allow you to spray and scrub with one cleaner and tool.
You may have to do some trial and error with different products to see what is most effective on the poo stains on your carpet and what takes poop stains out of carpet in your home.
A pet’s diet and digestive problems contribute to some stains being more challenging to remove than others, and therefore you will have to find what works best.
However, the above list is a recommended “starter kit” for most pet owners who have carpet and pets with potty issues.
Steps to Remove Poop From Your Carpet
Again, this will vary depending on the type of carpeting you have (e.g., deep shag versus Berber) and your pet’s diet and digestive issues. However, the process, in general, goes something like this:
1. Any solid feces should be picked up with a paper towel after you don gloves.
There are a lot of bacteria and parasites in animal poo that can make you sick, so donning gloves is essential!
If all of the poo is liquid or encrusted on the carpet because you discovered it after it dried and hardened, skip trying to pick it up and move to the next step.
2. Blot any wet or runny feces with paper towels.
Doing so lifts any liquid feces from the carpet. DO NOT RUB! Rubbing liquid or partially liquid feces causes the stain to spread out and get much worse.
It also causes any bacteria or parasites in the feces to spread! Blot until the rag or paper towel has absorbed most of it.
3. Remove the stain.
If you have an electric “spot lifter” wet vac, use that on the area to prevent the spread of the stain while effectively cleaning and removing the stain.
The best part about owning one of these little household gadgets is that it does most of the hard work on the stain, and it uses cleaners as it scrubs and lifts.
If you don’t have one of these appliances, you will have to resort to using the pet stain cleaner spritzed onto the stain and interchangeably using your scrubby brush and a rag or sponge to lift the stain. Continue this process until you can’t see the stain anymore.
One more thing–don’t over saturate the stain with a cleaner!
This is a common mistake that sends fecal matter deeper into carpet strands and destroys the pad underneath with excess moisture. Lightly spray the visible feces when cleaning to avoid over-saturating.
How to clean dog poop off the carpet with vinegar?
This is a bonus section for those of you that may be wondering how to clean dog poop off the carpet with vinegar.
The chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda will cause the baking soda to bubble up and lift fecal matter from the carpet. Then you can blot it with a rag and repeat as needed. Use the scrubbing tool to patiently lift anything the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda did not lift.
Additionally, cleaning the spot this way removes odors and prevents the smell of feces from permeating the carpet down to the carpet pad. It helps break up hardened and dried bits too. It is also one-hundred-percent natural and will not harm your pets or kids if you want to clean the stains this way.
Dogs will sniff out areas in the home where they have either scooted or pooped before.
If you are having a difficult time trying to break your pet of this habit, consider either crate training to stop these behaviors when you cannot be home to take the dog outside or leave a pet pad training patch over this area.
It allows your dog to continue using the area as a bathroom but covers the carpet and protects it against stains. If the problem is your cat, then consider placing a cat box over that spot to provide a more acceptable means of toileting for your cat.