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Disinfecting at home: How to get dog poop out of carpets and clean up urine

Whether you’ve just got a new puppy, or your older dog has an *accident*, this guide has all the answers for how to get dog pee out of carpets and clean up poop.

Updated Reading Time: 5 minutesBy Cleanipedia Team

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Pets are a wonderful addition to our homes, but there is no doubt that they bring a whole lot of mess into our lives too, from jumping on the furniture to leaving unpleasant traces of where they have been. This article will help explain how to get dog poop out of carpets and clean up urine and urine smells.

Key Steps:

  • Use gloves to protect your skin and wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning.

  • Always blot instead of rubbing the stain as this will push it further into your carpet.

  • Use a disinfecting spray to kill off any bacteria that may be left behind.

How to prepare your carpet for cleaning

There are a few things you should know before you start cleaning up dog urine or dog poop on carpets:

  • Always wear gloves

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning

  • Always dispose of waste appropriately

  • It is best to take waste straight to the dustbin to avoid lingering smells

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How to clean dog poop out of carpets

There are two ways to clean dog poo out of carpeted areas in your home, depending on whether the poo is solid or diarrhoea. First, we'll look at how to get rid of diarrhoea.

  1. Cover the area

    Cover the area with a bowl to allow the diarrhoea to dry.

  2. Remove any solids bits

    Remove any solids bits you can using a paper towel, being careful not to rub the poo further into the carpet.

  3. Use a fork

    Use a fork to gently scrape up the dried poop.

  4. Vacuum

    Thoroughly vacuum the area.

  5. Make a water and vinegar solution

    Make a water and vinegar solution and blot the area with paper towels to absorb excess liquid and remove the stain.

  6. Leave baking soda overnight

    Leave baking soda overnight on the stained area to remove any smells.

  7. Repeat vacuum

    Vacuum the area to ensure all traces of baking soda are removed.

  8. Use disinfectant spray

    Spray the area with disinfecting spray to kill off any bacteria that may still be there and allow the carpet to dry.

For solid poop, pick up the poo and put it in a bin bag. Vacuum the area to make sure all tiny particles are removed before spraying the area with disinfecting spray and letting the carpet dry.

How to get poop stains out of carpets

Didn’t spot the poop in time or found the poo has left a mark? Not to worry, follow these simple steps to get rid of stains and learn how to sanitize carpets after dog poop.

  1. Spray directly onto the stain

    Spray your cleaning product directly onto the stain and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Alternatively, for a natural solution, mix a tablespoon of liquid dish soap with a tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of cool water and apply to your carpet.

  2. Follow up with a small amount of cold water

    When the stain has gone, follow up with a small amount of cold water, and then blot with a clean cloth.

  3. Sprinkle on some baking soda

    When the affected area is dry, sprinkle some baking soda on the area and allow it to sit for around 10 minutes. This will help soak up any smells and stains!

  4. Vacuum

    Then vacuum up the baking powder and, hey presto, your carpet should be as good as new!

How to get old dog urine smell out of carpet

If you’ve managed to clean up the affected area quickly, hopefully, you won’t be left with a lingering wee smell. However, if the smell is still lurking, it may mean that the urine has soaked deeper into the carpet than your initial clean soaked up. Simply follow these steps on how to get dog urine smell out of carpets to get your carpet smelling as good as new.

  1. Vinegar will help neutralise the smell

    Make a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water – the vinegar will help to neutralise the smell.

  2. Soak

    Gently pour or spray the solution on to the affected area and allow to soak for 10 minutes.

  3. Use a clean cloth

    Using a clean and dry cloth or kitchen towel, soak up the liquid.

  4. Use baking soda

    As with when dealing with poop stains, sprinkle some baking soda on the area. Allow it to sit for around 10 minutes and then get the vacuum to hoover it up.

How to get dog pee out of carpet

Now you know how to clean dog poop from carpets, here’s how to get dog urine smell out of carpets and how to get pee out of carpets.

Dealing with dog urine in your carpet is similar to the above instruction for diarrhoea. Here's how.

  1. Use an old towel

    Use an old towel or cloth to soak up any excess liquid.

  2. Use vinegar and water

    Use equal parts of white vinegar and water to create a cleaning solution, and pour it directly onto the carpet.

  3. Use a scrubbing brush

    Using a scrubbing brush, work the solution into the carpet being sure to cover the entire area where the urine was.

  4. Blot the stain

    Press a paper towel into the carpet to blot the stain.

  5. Allow to dry

    Allow the carpet to dry, and sprinkle baking soda over the area.

  6. Use hydrogen peroxide

    Apply a solution of one-half cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of washing up liquid to the stain.

  7. Scrub, scrub, scrub

    Using the scrubbing brush once again, work the solution into the carpet.

  8. Vacuum

    Allow the carpet to dry, then vacuum the area thoroughly.

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How to train your dog not to poop in the house?

Training a dog not to poop in the house requires consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. First, establish a regular feeding schedule to regulate your dog's bowel movements. Take your dog outside to a designated potty area immediately after meals, naps, and play sessions. Stay with them and encourage them to eliminate by using a specific command. Reward them with praise, treats, or a favorite toy when they do their business outside. Supervise your dog indoors and watch for signs of them needing to go, such as circling or sniffing. If you catch them in the act of pooping indoors, calmly interrupt them and take them outside. Clean any accidents thoroughly with an enzyme-based cleaner to eliminate lingering odors. Consistency and positive reinforcement will help your dog understand that outside is the appropriate place to relieve themselves.

Now you have steps to remove dog urine from carpet fibres and have learnt how to clean dog poop from carpets, you have all the tips you need to ensure you are ready in the case of an unwanted gift being left around your home. Got a cat who has a habit of doing their *business* where they shouldn’t? Find out how to get rid of cat urine and urine smells in this article.

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