Most dogs will have an indoor poop accident at some point. When this happens on a carpet, it can be quite a mess, even if the poop is pretty solid and doesn’t leak. There is a technique for getting poo or most other semi-liquid stuff out of the carpet. Mainly, care must be taken not to grind the poop into the carpet pad, or deeper into the carpet fibers, when attempting to remove dog poop. Also, the mat should be thoroughly cleaned so that the dog does not associate with that area of defecating, or it is likely to happen again.
1. Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from bacteria and parasites that may be in dog feces. Use paper towels to remove as much dog poop as possible from the carpet. Try not to grind the stern deep into the fibers when picking it up with the paper towels. Do not rub the stern; just pick it up.
2. Put the stool and dirty paper towels in a garbage bag. Dampen clean paper towels with water and dry the dirty carpet. Use clean paper towels, and keep blotting and pulling more poop from the carpet fibers until it becomes too hard with plain water.
3. Discard the used paper towels and pour a small amount (follow the directions on the brand label) of Enzyme Carpet Shampoo directly over the area. Enzymatic shampoos are formulated to clean pet stains and other biological carpet stains. Look for these in pet stores and in cleaning up supply areas of grocery stores. Any carpet shampoo can fade or discolor the carpets, so you may want to test the shampoo on a smaller area first.
4. Gently rub the shampoo into the area with a clean, damp paper towel. Wait for fifteen minutes, or for the time indicated by the stamp (which may be different).
5. Dampen a disposable sponge and gently rub the area. Use dry paper towels to wipe up shampoo, dirt, and remaining poop on top.
6. Wet another clean, disposable sponge and wipe the area again to remove excess shampoo from the carpet. Pat the carpet dry with dry paper towels, recovering as much moisture as possible so that the treated area dries more quickly. Throw away all paper towels and sponges that have potentially come in contact with dog poop.
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If you own a wet and dry vacuum carpet or store steam cleaner, use this on the carpet as an additional cleaning step. You can also rent them at some hardware or home improvement stores.
Dyes from dog food, as well as other natural chemicals in feces, can stain the carpet. The sooner dog poop is removed from the carpet, the better.