If your dog is anything like ours, he probably has a tendency to poop directly on the carpet. Maybe it’s because carpets are soft, maybe it’s because they smell like you, or maybe we just have the world’s sneakiest pooch.
Regardless of the reason, having a dog and owning nice carpets usually means that your carpets get quite the beating from those little yellow snowballs. Consequently, you need to know how to clean dog poop out of carpet.
Our pup is still learning how to be a grown-up dog and has a tendency to leave his messes on – well – wherever he last saw carpet. If you have a puppy as well as carpets, read on for some helpful tips on how to clean dog poop out of carpet.
How to Clean Dog Poop Out of Carpet: The Basics
Dry poops are great because they are easy to clean. If the poop is dry, you can usually just pick it up and toss it away. But, if there is any moisture at all, you’ll want to be careful.
The main reason you want to clean up the poop quickly is for the sake of your carpet. All dog poop can contain bacteria, but a fresh, moist stool can be particularly bad for your carpet.
If you have a small accident, the best course of action is to take a paper towel and blot up as much of the poop as possible. Then, mix one part white vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle and blot the area with the solution.
Dry shampoo is an excellent way to remove any lingering smells from your carpet. The key to dry shampoo is light, delicate application. If you apply too much or apply too heavily, it won’t work as well.
First, mix a light, one-to-one ratio of your favorite dry shampoo with water in a spray bottle. Next, spray the dry shampoo on the offending poop stain. Scrub the dry shampoo into the carpet with a light, gentle scrubbing motion. You don’t want to overly scrub the carpet or the dry shampoo will leave a visible white residue.
Once the dry shampoo has had time to soak into the carpet, vacuum up the excess. You may want to apply more dry shampoo to make sure the poop smell is removed from the entire room.
Baking soda is one of the best natural odor removal tricks out there. It can work wonders for cleaning up pet messes, but also things like smoke, mildew, and strong odors from cooking. The best way to use baking soda for pet messes is by making a baking soda paste.
Start by mixing one part water to three parts baking soda in a bowl. You can use your hands or a spoon (or both) to mix the ingredients together. If you need to, use a sponge to apply the baking soda paste to the carpet. The baking soda paste should be just thick enough that it will stick to the carpet.
If you use too much baking soda, it may be hard to clean up. Once the baking soda paste dries, vacuum it up.
If you have one particularly persistent poop stain, a commercial cleaner may be your best bet. Commercial cleaners are formulated to remove even the most stubborn pet messes from your carpet.
Be sure to read the label and follow the instructions for best results. Many of these commercial cleaners come with a pretreatment spray. This will help you clean the stain faster and with less effort. Make sure to always test your cleaner on an area of the carpet that would not be easily visible.
If you find that you need to clean the same spot a couple times, it’s probably best to break out the bucket of warm water and soap. You don’t want to over-clean an area in your home or you could end up doing more harm than good.
No one likes having to clean up dog poop. It is, however, an inevitable part of pet ownership. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to clean up those little yellow snowballs. If your dog has just done their business, the best thing you can do is to pick it up.
If there is any moisture at all, paper towels work great for soaking it up. If your dog has just left a little surprise on your carpet, you have a few options. The simplest option is to use a dry shampoo to soak up the smell and blot up any remaining poop with a paper towel.
If the poop is dry, you can also use baking soda to soak up the smell. If the poop is wet, you can use a commercial cleaner to break down the stain, or you can just scrub it away with a little soap and water.