Dogs are man’s best friends. But that may easily change if they keep on messing with your carpet. While dogs can be difficult to potty train at times, it is not entirely their fault if they tend to misbehave and leave dog poop on your carpet. But even if they do that, it is your responsibility as their human to always keep them happy and safe, even if they keep leaving dog poop on your carpet.
For today, we will teach you how to clean dog diarrhea from the carpet. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll simplify the task of cleaning after your dog. So, if your is dog accidentally messing with your favorite carpet, don’t fret. While carpets and dogs don’t always mix, this article tries to try to make it easier for everyone to remove pet stains.
Easy Ways on How to Clean Dog Diarrhea from Carpet
Let’s face it. No one wants to deal with diarrhea, whether they are dogs or not. But if it does happen, it is something that you must deal with straight on. Listed here are the different ways how to clean dog diarrhea from the carpet. You can follow each step until the stain is gone. These steps are simple to follow and won’t cause too much hassle on your part.
- Carpet Cleaners
- Clean cloth, baby wipes, or paper towel
- Vacuum Cleaner or Steam Cleaner
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Enzyme Cleaner
1. Clean the area
Use a paper towel, baby wipes, or a clean cloth to absorb the dog poop from the carpet. Lightly dab the paper towel onto the area. Do not rub heavily or the dirt will go deeper into the carpet fiber. Just try to remove as much as you can from the surface. You might have to spray some warm water if the stain has dried up.
2. Apply the carpet cleaner
Use your regular carpet cleaner to further clean the affected area. The types that come in a spray bottle are preferred. Just spray the cleaning solution on the area and continue blotting. Do this until most of the poop stains are gone. You can also do this to remove dog urine on your carpet. You may have different carpet cleaners at home. In case of dog diarrhea, use the strongest one against stains.
3. Let it dry
If there seems to be no more signs of diarrhea on the carpet, leave it to dry. You may need to wait several hours for this. You may use a wet vacuum cleaner to speed up the drying process. Be sure that you keep the spot secure when leaving it out to dry. Otherwise, it may collect dirt and dust from the air. Worse, somebody may step on the area. That will cause you a lot more problems than you started with.
4. Check the area after drying
When the carpet has dried, come back to it to see if there are any poop stains left. If you see any, try to use the carpet cleaning spray again to remove the rest of the poop stains. In case the dog waste doesn’t seem to come out with the regular spray cleaner, please follow the rest of the steps below. But if after doing this step the dog stain is gone, then you’re all set. No need to do the other steps below, except for the one for sanitizing the carpet.
5. Use hydrogen peroxide
If the feces stains on the carpet are too difficult to remove, use the ever-reliable hydrogen peroxide trick. However, you must do this only on white carpets. Otherwise, the shade of your carpet will be affected. Always remember to test the cleaning solution in any hidden part of the carpet, especially if you’re using one that contains oxygen bleach or ammonia.
To proceed, just apply a drop of hydrogen peroxide to the stained area. Cover the area and leave it there for a while. Come back to check if the pet stain was successfully removed. Have some cool water on standby for rinsing purposes.
In case pure hydrogen peroxide doesn’t seem to work, you may dilute some of it with water. Then sprinkle some baking soda. Let the chemicals react with each other for a while before placing them in a spray bottle. Apply onto the affected area and blot. Repeat the steps until all the pet stains are gone. Leave to dry.
6. Make a vinegar and baking soda cleaning solution
If the hydrogen peroxide solution won’t work, it might be necessary to create a special cleaning solution for your carpet. For this step, you will need to mix one cup of warm water with one cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Be careful not to use hot water for this. Warm water is good enough. White vinegar has potent acidic properties to loosen up dog diarrhea in the carpet fibers.
Spray the solution into the affected part of the carpet. Leave it there for ten minutes to fully saturate the fibers. Blot as necessary and apply more solution until the carpet stain is gone. This solution works best in dried dog diarrhea on the carpet. If the stain is fresh, use warm water and paper towel for blotting.
You may also combine baking soda with vinegar. Baking soda is one of the most favored carpet cleaners because it does not just clear the stain but is also a great odor remover. So, as you can see, it always pays to have some baking soda in your pantry. Baking soda is effective on pet urine stains as well.
To use this technique, rub some baking soda on the stained area. Using a toothbrush or small-bristled scrubber, try to scrub off the dog stain. Then spray some white vinegar on the area. Sprinkle baking soda once more on the area and repeat the steps as necessary.
7. Use the steam cleaner
Using a steam cleaner is a necessary step when dealing with dog diarrhea on the carpet. A steam cleaner produces heat that will sanitize the carpet fibers. It is also effective in loosening up the leftover dog poop. Furthermore, it will leave the carpet with a clean, disinfected smell.
To clean the area with a steamer, just place the device over the area. A handheld steamer will also work for you. Use the steam as per usual. After using the steamer, use the vacuum cleaner to remove excess water. In case you don’t have a steam cleaner, the wet and dry vacuum cleaner will do. Apply soap and cold water onto the area. You may also use either an antibacterial laundry detergent or dish soap. Dawn dish soap is a good choice.
Wear gloves then lightly scrub the area. Work up the mixture to create some good lather. Wash away the soap with clean water. Blot up any excess water. Use the vacuum cleaner for easy drying. This seems to be a simple solution, but it would effectively solve the problem.
8. Use an enzyme cleaner
An enzyme cleaner is one of your best weapons against dog poop and all other types of puppy accidents. Enzyme cleaners contain certain chemicals that can break down excrements. However, these cleaners may have strong odors and other content that could be harmful to kids and pets. Be very careful when handling it.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the enzyme cleaner. Also, make sure that the cleaner is compatible with your carpet. It should not affect the carpet fiber in any way. Use the one that is recommended by your carpet manufacturer. It would be best to know what carpet cleaner or chemical is most compatible with the fibers.
These are the different ways how to clean dog diarrhea or runny poop on the carpet. These are just a few easy-to-follow tips that wouldn’t make you hate your pet so much if it leaves dog poo on your carpets. But if any step seems difficult to follow, you can always get professional carpet cleaning services.
Trust the pros to help you with your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs. Not only that they are very knowledgeable about the carpet cleaning process, but they also have the tools needed to do stain removal done right and on time. With these steps, carpet cleaning should be nothing but a walk in the park for you!
Laura joined IEI 10 years ago as a Marketing Assistant. After a few years with the team she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator and then again to Marketing Manager. She is no stranger to the show business. Last time she counted, she had worked well over 100 Home & Garden shows. Laura has over 15 years experience in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations. In 2009, she had her first baby and decided to take a step back from working full time. She currently works from home as a Marketing Consultant and resides in Friendswood with her husband, Craig, daughter McKenzie and their dog, George R.