You’re walking through your house and you step in a big, brown, gross smelling pile of dog feces. It’s not the first time this has happened, and it won’t be the last especially if you own a dog. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take preventative measures to try to avoid stepping in dog poop all the time, though! Here are some tips on how to clean dog poop out of carpet, so you can keep your house from smelling like an animal shelter no matter how many pets you have.
How To Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet
Choose the Right Type of Stain Remover
Make sure you are working with a product that is meant for dog poop. Regular carpet cleaners might contain harsh chemicals, like bleach, which can be harmful and unpleasant for your pup. You also want to make sure that your cleaner is safe for pets and doesn’t contain any ingredients. That can be toxic if they come into contact with dogs or their waste. Choose a non-toxic, eco-friendly stain remover specifically made for cleaning up after pets so you don’t put yourself at risk as well.
Sprinkle on Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great all-natural cleaner, and since it’s cheap, you can keep a box on hand at all times. If your carpet has a lot of dog poop stains, sprinkle on some baking soda and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. Then vacuum up. The baking soda will soak up any smells (and even some stains) left by your pup’s gifts.
Extract Odor with Rubbing Alcohol
The smell in your carpet can be embedded into its fibers. Sprinkle some rubbing alcohol over your poop stain and let it sit for several minutes. Blot up any excess liquid with a paper towel or sponge. Then, cover your spot with a thick layer of baking soda, leaving it overnight (this will absorb all odors and kill bacteria). The next morning, take a toothbrush to scrub out any lingering grime or gunk. Once you’re done, spray on an enzymatic cleaner (like Nature’s Miracle) to completely remove all traces of poop scent.
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Cover with White Vinegar
Vinegar is an excellent deodorizer and is a natural disinfectant, so it’s great for getting rid of the dog poop smell. Soak up as much dog poop as you can with a sponge or paper towels, then pour about 1⁄2 cup of white vinegar over the area. Leave it on for 5 minutes to an hour (depending on how bad things are), let it sit, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Just be sure not to use too much vinegar’s odor itself will often linger until you rinse it away.
Blot Up Wet Spots, Then Scrub Away
The key to getting dog poop out of carpet is not how much you scrub, but how much you clean up first. Removing all traces of urine or feces before attempting your cleaning method. Will increase your chances of removing stains and odors. Scrub at least four times a year and whenever there’s been an accident more if you have especially large dogs or multiple pets (or both). Remove as much wetness as possible by blotting with paper towels, then dab up any remaining moisture with a mix of 1⁄2 water and 1⁄2 vinegar. For heavy-duty stains, add 1⁄4 cup baking soda to 1-gallon water for extra deodorizing power. Once dry, vacuum thoroughly.
Wash Carpet and Rinse Thoroughly
Once you’ve gotten rid of most of your dog’s poop, you’ll want to wash your carpet and rinse it thoroughly. If you have a steam cleaner, use it. However, if not, make sure that any residue is gone before moving on with step two. To be safe, soak up as much poop as possible using paper towels or wet vac, and then wet clean your carpet. With water mixed with a bit of dish soap or laundry detergent mixed into a spray bottle. Don’t forget about walls and baseboards. Dog poop can stick there too if not cleaned properly and residue from cleaning products will attract new stains in time.