Even well-trained pups have the occasional accident leaving unpleasant messes on carpet. While poop stains may seem permanent, there are effective methods for removing them completely and restoring your home’s cleanliness. Our proven techniques will have your carpets looking spotless and your dog happy in no time.
Act Quickly for the Best Results
Fresh stains lift far more easily than dried-in ones. As soon as possible:
- Pick up any solid waste gently with paper towels. Try not to smear.
- Lightly blot the still-wet carpet using clean cloths or paper towels.
- Avoid harsh scrubbing which can drive the stain deeper.
- Mix an enzyme cleaner per label instructions. Enzymes help neutralize odors.
Lift Set-In Stains from Carpet Fibers
For dried stains:
- Loosen any crusted material on the surface with a dull knife.
- Create an ammonia solution – mix 1 tablespoon clear ammonia per 1 cup water.
- Dip a cloth in the solution and gently blot the stain repeatedly to lift it.
- Avoid using too much ammonia solution to prevent new damage.
Patience and gentle repeated blotting does the job.
Remove Lingering Traces of Stain and Odor
If traces remain:
- Make a baking soda paste – mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
- Using a scrub brush, work the paste thoroughly into the stain. Let sit 15-30 minutes.
- Vacuum up the paste residue once dry.
Baking soda neutralizes tough odors other cleaners may miss.
Avoid Common Carpet Cleaning Pitfalls
Steer clear of methods that worsen stains like:
- Scrubbing vigorously right away which forces it deeper into fibers.
- Using too much cleaner which risks spreading the stain.
- Neglecting to blot urine stains promptly. The acids damage carpet backing and padding.
- Applying steam which can permanently set biological stains.
With the right techniques, even challenging stains lift without hassle.
While no fun, dog accidents on carpet don’t mean permanent damage. Quick action, proper cleaning methods and patience result in pristine, odor-free carpets again. Implement our proven process as soon your pup has an indoor misstep.