It happens to just about every dog owner at some point during the course of the relationship. Your little buddy has had an accident in the house right on your nice, clean carpet. If you don’t act fast, you could be left with an unsightly pet stain, or even worse, a stubborn odor. So, what’s the secret, right? Well, the best possible answer is simple: its time to mask up, find a nice pair of rubber gloves and get down to business as quickly as possible. It’s important to keep in mind that some doggy doo is messier than others, so even if you act quickly, it’s sometimes best just to contact a professional and allow them to handle the downright nasty stain on your carpet. If you just so happen to get to the stain in time, here are some steps to take before calling in the poop-removing pros.
What Kind of Carpet Do You Have?
Before deciding on which of these methods to use to get the poop out of your carpet, you need to figure out what kind of carpet you have first. While most of these methods can be used on any kind of carpet, such as nylon, polyester, polypropylene, wool or acrylic, it’s important to mention that the hot water treatment can be used to remove dog poop on any type of rug, except for wool. If you have wool carpets, then you should avoid using any type of hot water treatment, and replace the hot water with cold water, instead.
Get Your Equipment Together
In addition to wearing something to cover your face so you’re not gagging on the smell, you’ll want to wear a nice pair of rubber gloves to avoid getting dog poop on your fingers. You should also get a few other items together, such as:
- -A piece of stiff cardboard or a dustpan. Make sure that you find something that can be thrown away, or washed and reused
- -Paper towels
- -Oxygen based bleach
- -A plastic bag that you can seal or tie-up. A doggy poo bag could probably do the job.
- -A bucket to mix detergent and water in.
- -Laundry detergent
- -A soft cleaning brush
- -Clean white cloth
- -A bottle of white vinegar, which is a reliable, natural household cleaner.
- -Baking soda
- -And finally, a vacuum cleaner or shop vac.
Remove The Solids From The Liquids
A pile of dog poop is going to be an easier mess to clean up if the stool is solid. Unfortunately, if your dog has runny diarrhea or a mixture of both, then you’ll have to remove whatever solids are in the soupy mix. Just use your gloves and a modest amount of paper towels, as well as a dustpan or a piece of cardboard, to remove as much of the solids as you can. Try to minimize how much you move the poop around. If it’s runny, you could end up with a deeper stain, causing you to have to call in the cleaning crew. Make sure that you never blot the affected area as you are removing the solids because doing so could worsen the leftover stain. Once the separation is complete, you can put the dirty towels in a plastic bag or simply flush the solids down the toiler. Don’t forget to put the towels in the washing machine if you chose to use old pieces of cloth.
Pre-treat The Stain
If you have a tough stain to pick up, then use this helpful trick used by professional carpet cleaners all over the world. The first thing you’ll want to do it treat the stain with a little bit of oxygen-based cleaner and allow it to soak in for a while.
Make a Cleaning Liquid and Soak the Stain
Next, take a bit of your laundry detergent and some hot water (cold if your cleaning wool carpet) and mix them together. You’ll probably want to use one cup of detergent to a gallon of water if you’re looking to have a maximum strength mixture for cleaning the stain. Once you have your mixture, allow it to sit on the stain for fifteen minutes or so.
Time to Scrub
After your cleaning mixture has had time to work on the stain, it’s your turn to do a bit of the work. Take your soft scrubbing brush and dip it into your water/detergent mixture, scrubbing the stain until it’s gone. It’s best to scrub from the outside inwards so that you don’t spread the stain around, making the unsightly spot on your floor much bigger.
Rinse the Cleaned Area
Once you’ve removed the stain from your rug, you won’t need your cleaning mixture anymore. At this point, you can just empty the bucket and give it a good cleaning when you’re done. Once you’ve washed your bucket, refill it with fresh, clean water. Spring or distilled water would be the preferred choice. Use the clean water to rinse the soapy area.
Dry the Cleaned Area
Using a small bunch of paper towels or a clean cloth, blot the area until you have gotten all of the liquid out of the carpet. You’re allowed to blot here because you want to soak up as much of the water as you can.
Removing Left-over Odors
Mix together white vinegar and water (spring or distilled preferred), and put it on top of your stink-stained spot. Once it has had time to sit for a few minutes, you can use a small bunch of paper towels or a clean cloth to dab it dry again.
One Extra Step
For a bit more odor fighting protection, you can add a little bit of baking soda to the stinky spot, allowing it to sit overnight. The next day, grab your vacuum and suck up any baking soda left on the carpet. Some pet owners like to buy specially formulated odor neutralizers, but these are usually more expensive than baking soda and can even be dangerous for your pets if it’s ingested.
A Few Notes About Cleaning Wool Carpets
Unfortunately, most of the above methods can and will worsen the stain if you have wool rugs. Instead of risking damage to your carpets, try one of the following tips to clean stains out of your wool rugs:
- Following the directions above, remove all of the solids from the liquids
- Make a mixture using a two-to-one white vinegar/water ratio. Using a spray bottle, douse the dog poop covered area.
- Do not scrub the area. Instead, take a clean cloth or paper towels and dab the area dry.
- Buy a spot remover that’s safe to use on wool carpets.
- Place a clean towel down on the area that is affected and apply pressure to the spot. Soak up all of the liquid.
- Allow a little bit of baking soda to sit overnight on the wet spot to remove any odors. Vacuum it the following morning.
It goes without saying that replacing a carpet can be expensive to replace. If at any time you are uncomfortable with cleaning the spot, you can always call a professional carpet cleaning company and they should be able to handle the job with ease. If all else fails, you can always put a rug over the stain and never think about it again!