Puppies are by far the most adorable little wonders blessed to the Human kind. However, as appealing and irresistibly cute they might be, a dog that is not aware of potty training basics can be a nightmare to its owners. And more so if you have carpets laid all over your house.
Cleaning dog poop out of carpets is a fight against time. For this you will need to first scrape the dung off the cloth, and proceed ahead with a formidable mixture of either dish washing liquid and vinegar or baking soda and water. Depending upon the stain size, you may need to leave the mixture for some time before cleaning it. While this may easily work for dried dog poop, what about a wet one???
To know more, continue reading until the end.
What will you need to clean off the dog poop out of the carpet?
While professional stain cleaners work best for any such given circumstances, if you don’t have one, these kitchen ingredients can come handy.
- A clean pair of gloves
- Baby wipes or paper towels
- Dish soap
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- A spray bottle
These are some of the basic items that you will be requiring when trying to deal with the accident on the carpet. Additionally, you may also require a scraper, a plastic dustpan and sealable trash bags.
How to clean dog poop out of carpet the easy way?
For Dried Dog Poop
Scrape the dung off Carpet
If your dog has defecated on your precious, beautiful carpet, don’t waste your time reckoning on what just happened. Dog poo is not only stinky but can easily stain into the carpet layers, leaving the carpet with a nasty looking spot for a long time.
In such cases it is better to get on your feet immediately and get rid of the poop as soon as you can. Wear your gloves, and scoop up the accident with a paper towel, locking them in a sealable trash bag before finally getting rid of it. This is the basic step and hence make sure not to blot the stain even further.
Prepare your DIY Solution
Once done with the first step, it’s now time to prepare your own homemade pet stain cleansing solution. For this take two cups of water, one tablespoon of dish wash soap (non-bleached), and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Stir the contents in a bowl and then transfer it into a spray bottle.
Spray the Mixture onto the Stain
Next proceed by spraying the cleansing mixture directly onto the stain. Let it sit for a good 10-15 minutes before blotting. Typically, 2-3 rounds of spraying and blotting is enough for most dog dung stains, although sometimes it may need a few more trials.
This is completely based on your dog’s stain size and how much time it has passed since the accident. So, rather than rushing off, make sure to have patience and repeat it as many times required, until the stain finally fades away.
During this process, never rub the solution onto the carpet. It could make the stain penetrate to even deeper layers, leaving you with no option but to get them professionally cleaned.
After the stain has faded, it’s now time to rinse. Pour cold water on the previous stain site without actually rubbing or scrubbing the area. Follow by blotting it with a paper towel or clean cotton cloth. This will aid in absorbing any remnant cleansing solution off the carpet.
Make sure to rinse and blot properly as any left over solution may cause a yucky smell to come through the layers in the future. The more you have previously used the cleansing solution, the more you may need to rinse off the area.
Neutralize the odor
Finally, use baking soda to get rid of the smell. Baking soda comes with super neutralizing properties and hence sprinkling even a little bit of baking soda directly over the stain site can do wonders. The components attach to the smell causing microbes and destroy their cell walls.
Thus as they are smothered under the powder, you can then vacuum the contents, leaving the carpet utterly squeaky and clean. This may however take a few minutes, so ensure to let the powder properly settle on the site prior to vacuuming.
For wet diarrhea
Remove the mess
Wet diarrhea is a disaster for carpets, but if your dog happens to have one of these accidents, then it is better to start by removing any mess that hasn’t yet made its way into the layers. So for instance, if there is some solid mess you could scrape them off using a paper towel and a plastic dustpan. But for a completely wet diarrhea, you will have to quickly remove the remnants without wasting any more time.
For this take a clean cotton cloth and let it absorb the wet dung without adding pressure on it. Paper towels may come handy, but they can be rather messy and may get on your gloves. Additionally, using compressed air or a bit of cat litter to freeze or solidify the wet stool also works well.
Spray the DIY Cleansing Solution
Same as in case of cleaning dried dog poop, a mixture of white vinegar and water will be required to proceed with the process. Spray the solution directly to the mess and let it react for 10-15 minutes. Thanks to the acidity of the white vinegar, the components will start breaking down eventually and become easily removable for the next process.
Once done pick up any such remnants from the carpet using a microfiber cloth or a paper towel. You may need to repeat the process if the stain doesn’t seem to fade in the first few trials.
NOTE- The rest processes are similar as mentioned above (for dried dog poop- Step 4&5) and may require several rounds based upon the stain size and severity.
Pro Tips to Remember when Cleaning Dog Poop out of Carpet
To ensure a safe revival of your carpet, you might want to:
- Be mindful of the carpet type- Not all carpets are made up of the same manufacturing materials. Therefore it is better to start by understanding the very make of your carpet.
- Follow the Manufacturer’s instructions- Not all products may be safe on the carpet you are trying to treat. So, always read the manual or manufacturer’s instructions carefully and thoroughly before taking on the process at home.
- Don’t rub on a stain- Although many sites may suggest rubbing poo stains, doing this will only make the elements go deeper and much harder to lose. When left unclean they can be the perfect breeding site for many harmful microbes, risking both your and your pooch’s safety.
- Always do a patch test- You may also do a patch test on a hidden area prior to spraying the DIY cleansing solution over the stain area. This is because in case the chemical reacts with your carpet’s materials you may end up with a permanently damaged stain on the beautiful rug.
- Never mix chemicals or add bleach- Another mis-marketed agent, putting bleach in the white vinegar cleansing solution can result in grave situations. The two chemicals upon contact release heavy, toxic fumes which put tremendous health risks on anyone who smells them. The same also goes for mixing two or more chemicals. So, beware of this and never try experimenting on your own.
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