Dog owner’s know that accidents inside the house are a part of the program. While clean up can be simple, stains left on carpeted floors present a special challenge for some pet owners. Odors and ugly discoloration can be long-lasting issues in carpeted homes, so how are they easily removed?
Here is some advice for easily cleaning dog poop from carpeted surfaces:
As with all staining, quick action is key to seamless removal of markings and smells. The longer a stain sits in a carpet, the more difficult or impossible it will be to remove it at a later time.
Remove excess material from carpet fibers
With a moist paper towel or rag, and without scrubbing the stain deeper into the carpet, attempt to remove all excess waste from the carpet fibers before tackling the stain. This can be achieved using a pinching motion on the carpet fibers with the rag. For smooth carpets, dab instead of wiping.
Use a laundry detergent or pet stain remover
With as much excess material removed as possible, apply a laundry stain remover, or pet stain remover, to the stained area. Following directions on the package for specific time, let the stain soak in the solution.
Once soaked for the designated time, begin blotting the liquid up from the carpet with a clean rag or paper towel. Once as much liquid is removed as possible, reapply the solution. Repeat this process until the stain is no longer visible.
Anything left? Use a bristled brush to scrub
Making sure the stained area is still moist and soapy with detergent, scrub away at the stain, being careful not to wear the rug down too much. Repeating this process should lift any excess discoloration from the area.
Remove smells with vinegar
Once discoloration is gone, mix a solution of half warm water, half white vinegar, and pour it over the cleaned area. Let it soak for a few minutes, rinse with cold water, and dab up the excess moisture with a clean towel.
Finish with baking soda
Once the stained area is dry, cover it with baking soda. Taking a bristled brush and scraping the baking soda into the carpet is a good idea too. Once completely covered, leave the area as it is overnight, and vacuum the following day!
Poop stains on carpets can be a headache for dog owners, but following these steps will ensure as simple of a removal process as possible!