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Your furry friend isn’t 100% familiar with the best practices for passing stool. It’s inevitable you’ll wake up one morning to a stinky surprise on your carpet, courtesy of your canine companion.

Key Takeaways

  1. Gather your materials.
  2. Clean the dog poop off the carpet.
  3. Make your DIY cleaning solution.
  4. Clean the dog poop stains with your cleaning solution.
  5. Blot and rinse, and you clean your stain.
  6. Deodorize with baking soda.
  7. Vacuum your carpet.

Potty training puppies is no easy feat, and your carpet will likely suffer as a result. But getting the stain, stink, and stick from poop out of your carpet fibers can be a real challenge if you don’t follow the right procedure.

Keep reading, and we’ll tell you exactly how to make your rugs feces-free.

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#1. Gather Your Materials

If your dog drops a deuce on your carpet, don’t wait to clean up the mess. Though no one likes to scrub fecal matter out of carpet fibers, fresh stains are much easier to clean than old ones.

The best way to streamline the process is by preparing your materials and tools beforehand. Though a commercial poop-cleaning solution can be helpful in a poopy situation, you can easily make do with some household essentials.

  • Protective rubber gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar

Making Your Dog Poo Worries and Woes a Thing of the Past

Though getting dog poop out of carpet can be quite burdensome, it’s nothing compared to the time-consuming task of picking up feces from your yard. Though your lawn’s fluffy grass is a much better toilet than your vintage area rug, if your pup poos once or twice a day, it can get pretty tiring.

To minimize your contact with your pet’s waste, you might need to call in the professionals. By booking a team of poop-scooping experts, your canine companion can poop all they want at no inconvenience to you!

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#2. Clean Dog Poop Off the Carpet

The first step is to remove the mass of feces from your rug. Yes, we know – this part is pretty nasty. But it needs to be done!

Don’t forget to wear gloves and move fast – you don’t need to be touching your pup’s poo any longer than you should.

Don’t wait until any runny stool dries – it’ll be much easier to clean when wet.

Roll Up Your Sleeves Put on Your Disposable Gloves

Grab the excrement with wet wipes or paper towels before putting it into a plastic bag, sealing it, and tossing it in the garbage bin. If some is stuck on the carpet, use a paper plate or spatula to scrape it off. But be careful — you don’t want to work the feces deeper into the carpet’s fibers.

Step two, done!

#3. Make Your DIY Cleaning Solution

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Now, it’s time to craft a witch’s brew that will magically lift the dog poo from your carpet. Grab a bowl, water, dish soap, and white vinegar, and let’s get mixin’.

Add two cups of cool water to your bowl, and toss in one tablespoon of dish soap (dishwashing detergent works, too) and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar. Don’t use dish soap with bleach – this can create toxic fumes when mixed with vinegar, and no one wants that.

If You Don’t Want to DIY it, Use an Enzyme Cleaner Instead

If you happen to have some commercial carpet cleaning products on hand, feel free to use them! Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions so that you don’t completely wreck your rug.

Use a pet-safe enzymatic cleaner that contains protease enzymes. These enzymes break down the proteins and organic matter in fecal matter to make it easy to remove dog poop deeper in your carpet fibers.

Try Spot-Testing Your Cleaning Product Before Diving in Headfirst

Before you use any commercial cleaner on your rug, it might be a good idea to spot-test it. You don’t want to contribute to the stained disaster on your carpet.

#4. Clean the Dog Poop Stains With Your Cleaning Solution

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Not all dog poop is created equally. Though firm feces might be easy to remove, runny stool or diarrhea can be a complete nightmare. You’ll need to adapt your poo-cleaning strategy as needed.

Dip your microfiber cloth or bristled nylon brush into your cleaning products. Starting at the outside and moving your way inward, gently work the soapy solution into the stinky stain. Avoid rubbing aggressively – that’ll just make the poo harder to clean away.

#5. Blot and Rinse as you Clean the Stain

Let your cleaning mix sit on the stained area for a few minutes. For particularly stubborn stains, leave it on for a few hours.

Blotting, Blotting… And More Blotting

As fecal matter starts to lift out, use a paper towel or two to blot it away. Then, dip a different (clean) microfiber cloth in fresh warm water to rinse off any leftover cleaning solution. Alternatively, you can dampen your floor with a spray bottle to avoid over-saturating your carpet, which can lead to mold.

If you’d like, you can repeat this step a few more times until the area is clean.

#6. Deodorize With Baking Soda

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Once the affected area is completely dry, it’s time to tackle any lingering odors. Even if the stain is no longer visible, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to still smell it.

You don’t need a fancy deodorizer for this—baking soda from your kitchen will do. Just sprinkle baking soda generously around the stained area in order to break down any lingering smells. If the stench is particularly troublesome, you might need to let the baking soda sit overnight.

#7. Vacuum Your Carpet

Once enough time has passed, it’s time to vacuum the baking soda from your carpet. This will help you lift the smell, stench, and perhaps the last of the poop stains from your rug.

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Final Thoughts

Cleaning dog poop is probably not your favorite household chore. Other dog-care tasks like trimming your dog’s nails are likely much more pleasant. Regardless, you deserve to live in a feces-free home! If you want to enjoy true freedom from your furry friend’s poos, simply book a team of pet waste removal experts from Scoop Masters.

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Scoop Masters offers professional dog waste removal services in California, Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. Since 1988, we’ve saved dog owners across the country from the overly unpleasant task of picking up after their pets. Each poopy project we complete gives them the freedom, convenience, and sanitation they deserve! Contact us for a free quote, or simply stock up on enough dog poop bags to keep your pet’s number twos at bay. To stay in the loop, follow up on Facebook and Twitter/X. If your dog can poop it, we can scoop it!

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