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.
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
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.
Cover the area
Cover the area with a bowl to allow the diarrhoea to dry.
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.
Use a fork
Use a fork to gently scrape up the dried poop.
Thoroughly vacuum the area.
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.
Leave baking soda overnight
Leave baking soda overnight on the stained area to remove any smells.
Vacuum the area to ensure all traces of baking soda are removed.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Then vacuum up the baking powder and, hey presto, your carpet should be as good as new!
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.
Use an old towel
Use an old towel or cloth to soak up any excess liquid.
Use vinegar and water
Use equal parts of white vinegar and water to create a cleaning solution, and pour it directly onto the carpet.
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.
Blot the stain
Press a paper towel into the carpet to blot the stain.
Allow to dry
Allow the carpet to dry, and sprinkle baking soda over the area.
Use hydrogen peroxide
Apply a solution of one-half cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of washing up liquid to the stain.
Scrub, scrub, scrub
Using the scrubbing brush once again, work the solution into the carpet.
Allow the carpet to dry, then vacuum the area thoroughly.
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.
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.
Gently pour or spray the solution on to the affected area and allow to soak for 10 minutes.
Use a clean cloth
Using a clean and dry cloth or kitchen towel, soak up the liquid.
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 concerned are you about disinfecting while cleaning?
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.