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How to Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet?

When you live with a dog, the occasional accident is not unusual. If your dog does a number 1 inside the house, it is relatively easy to mop up. But if your dog does a number 2 and the poop gets into your carpet, it can be a horrifying sight to behold. But you don’t have to freak out. There are ways to get dog poop out of carpet (or your couch or bed) and many pet-safe cleaning solutions to help you. Read on for some tips.

Getting Dog Poop Out of Carpet: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Put on a pair of gloves and use paper towels to pick up as much solid poop as possible. If your dog has had diarrhea (liquid stool), use paper towels to soak up what you can. Be gentle or you’ll end up pushing the waste deeper into the carpet fibers.
  2. Spray the soiled area and about an inch of carpet around it with an enzymatic cleaner. These are available from pet stores as well as online. They are natural antibacterial disinfectants that clean and remove tough stains and odors. They contain enzymes that break down organic waste material and make it easier to dislodge from carpet fibers. Follow the instructions on the package. You may have to let the cleaner sit for 15-20 minutes to get the best results.
  3. Sprinkle some backing soda on the area and scrub the carpet with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Vacuum the carpet after it has been allowed to dry for 30-60 minutes.

It’s best to clean dog poop from your carpet as soon as possible. Leaving it to clean up later can make the dog poop tougher to get out. However, the above-listed steps work well on dried poop and old poop stains in carpet as well. The only thing is you might have to use some kind of tool such as a fork, brush, or putty knife to loosen dried poop before using the enzymatic cleaner. It also may take a few repeat treatments to get the poop and smell fully out.

These same steps work well to get dog poop out of couches, car seats, and other household surfaces. If your dog has pooped on your bed, in addition to the above steps, you should launder the bed in your washing machine using a pet-safe detergent.

Home Remedies to Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet

If you don’t have an enzymatic cleaner on hand, you can use other pet-safe household cleaners too. Some items in your pantry can work well to get pet poop out of carpets, including:

  • Vinegar: Mix equal parts vinegar and water and blot the soiled area with a clean, soft cloth. This can help clean the stain and disinfect the carpet.
  • Essential oils: Use pet-safe essential oils such as lavender to get rid of the odor of dog poop from your carpet.
  • Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda on the area and let it sit for 2-3 hours before vacuuming. This helps get rid of stains and odors from poop soiled carpets.
  • Lemon juice: This is a natural deodorizer and can be added to baking soda to make a paste for application to the soiled area.
  • Dish soap: Minor accidents can usually be cleaned up effectively with a small amount of dish soap.

Stopping Dogs from Having Accidents in the House

If your dog is regularly having accidents and pooping inside the house, losing your cool is not going to do much good. You might have to go back and reinforce house training. Similarly, if your dog has recently started peeing on your bed, identifying the cause and addressing it is important, rather than scolding or punishing your dog. And if your dog has developed the bad habit of eating poop, there are ways to discourage this as well.

22 February, 2024