This loyal friend of yours…the one who thinks you are God, has pooped on your clean rug. What do you do? Well, you definitely want to clean it up as soon as possible to avoid stains and that nasty odor it can produce. And there really isn’t time to go buy the products you need because by the time you do that, you may have a set in stain.
It was an accident. Your loyal friend would never do it purposely, so let’s get it cleaned-up and move on.
Here are some tips on how to get that stain from your carpet as well as the odor.
- Not a nice pleasant job, but you must first remove the bulk of the mess. Put on rubber gloves and grab a trash bag and dustpan, a spatula or paint scraper and a brush to scrub the mess. You might want to put on a surgical mask or hankie first.
- Next, you have to scrape the remainder of the poop onto the dustpan and wipe up the excess with a paper towel or a rag you will definitely be throwing away.
- If you have one of the pre-wash stain removers, make sure it has Oxi. This is important.
- With a pail of very soapy cold water, scrub the stain. Don’t worry what kind of soap you use. In fact dishwashing detergent is just fine.
- You can repeat this process over and over. Use the spraying pre-wash remover and scrub in soapy water, always with a clean paper towel or rag. Do this until he stain is gone.
Sometimes all this doesn’t completely work, so there are other ways to remove the odor of this offensive mess, and what’s left of a stain. Take a half cup of fifty percent white vinegar and a half cup of water and pour it over the stain. Use more if the area calls for it. Repeat this process all the while absorbing moisture with paper towel and sprinkle baking soda on the stain and rub it in working it into the rug with your fingers. Place a fan in the room and let it dry overnight.
Vacuum the dry baking soda and you will find that there is no linger of dog poop odor. In fact, the carpet will actually smell fresh and sweet.
Remember to work very fast. There are natural acids in dog waste that can have devastating effects on carpet fiber. While you work, make sure you are wearing a bandana on your nose and rubber gloves on your hand.
Let’s go over what you’ll need to make Fido’s accident disappear:
- Trash Bag
- Liquid Detergent
- Baking Soda
- Paper Towel or rags to throw out
- Pre-treatment laundry product
- Distilled water
Use cold water as previously mentioned because carpeting is made either from wool, polyester, acrylic or nylon. All of these can handle hot water except wool. Wool requires cold water so as not to damage fibers.
Keep in mind that when it comes to removing pet poop and its stain from carpeting, it is better to avoid steam. Many times steam cleaning is thought to be the best way to get out stains and bacteria, but in this case, it actually set the stain and odor in the carpeting permanently by sticking to the man-made fibers.
Another thing, when removing these stains, never reach for the ammonia or even the ammonia based product. Imagine if along with the poop, there is a bit of urine. Urine contains ammonia, so if you use a product with it, your Fido may think it’s perfectly okay to re-offend the same area when it is drawn to the smell of ammonia. Just read the labels before using any product.
Now for the good part! How do you prevent Fido from causing future stains?
Make it so unattractive to your pet and redirect him to the place he should be going to relieve himself. Have the Internet do some searches for you as to added training or little ideas and ‘tricks’ to make Fido really want to use the outdoors.
We can’t blame our pets if we are not home and they have an urgency to relieve themselves, can we? So, if your training is satisfactory and it was his little accident, follow the above instructions and move on with your wonderful pet.