If you had a dog for a while now you are probably accustomed to various “accidents” on your carpet. While pets are a joyful addition to every home they also bring a whole lot of mess with them.
This often means, poop, pee or vomit on your favourite carpet or rug! Ew.
Regardless of the type of mess, the key is to act fast!
Clean it as soon as possible, so it doesn’t permanently stain your carpet!
At Dog Club, you can find tips for how to remove all kinds of dog stains from your carpet.
Without further ado,
So, you have dog poop on your carpet, now what?
Well, as we mentioned you have to be quick about it – get a pair of gloves and some baking soda and get to it! It is pretty easy to find where exactly the accident is by following your nose.
When you find it and depending on the condition, you have to choose a way to clean the dog poo off your carpet.
According to Dmitri Kara, a professional at Fantastic Cleaners, there are two options depending on whether the poo is solid or not.
- Remove any solid bits you can with a paper towel.
- Be careful not to rub the poop further into the carpet fabric.
- Use a scraper or any other tool you have at hand to scrape at the stain, again gently not to spread.
- Blot any remaining liquid.
- Make water and white vinegar solution and blot again with a paper towel soaked in the solution.
- Cover the stained area with baking soda.
- Leave it overnight to make sure you get the dog poop smell out of the carpet.
- The next morning, vacuum the area and make sure you remove all of the baking soda.
- Spray the area with disinfecting spray to kill any remaining bacteria.
- Leave the carpet to dry completely.
- Pick up the poo and put it in a bag.
- Vacuum the area to make sure all particles are removed.
- Spray the area with disinfecting spray to kill any bacteria.
- Leave the carpet to dry.
If you took too long to clean up after your dog or it was in a spot that didn’t catch your attention your carpet is probably stained. Dealing with old stains is a significantly harder task but not impossible.
- First, try to remove as much of the solid pieces of poop if any.
- Use a brush to gently loosen up remaining stuck debris.
- Vacuum the area to remove loose pieces.
- Dampen a rag or a paper towel and blot the affected area with hot water to prepare it for the next step.
- Create a mix of even parts laundry soap and water and blot the area with it with paper or old towels.
- Repeat the above steps as much as needed, but be careful not to do it too roughly and damage the carpet.
- If the carpet stain persists after a few rounds of the treatment you may need backup and call in a professional carpet cleaning service.
Some pets without proper urine habits find the carpets to be the best spot to relieve themselves. If your dog is one of them then speed is your best line of offence.
Urine tends to be a little harder to spot at first glance.
However, dog pee odour is quite pungent and you will inevitably find where it originates from, comments the Vale Cleaning Company. When you find the carpet area where your beloved dog decided to relieve itself it’s time to get some paper towels or rags to soak up the pee. The longer you let the dog urine sit on the carpet the worse it gets.
To manage the situation follow these steps:
- Soak up as much of the dog pee from your carpeting with paper towels.
- Make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.
- Work the mix into the carpet using a scrubbing brush.
- Blot the area again with paper towels/rags.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the affected area.
- Mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of washing up liquid and apply it to the stain.
- Work the solution with a scrubbing brush into the carpet.
- Let the carpet dry completely and vacuum it thoroughly.
Luckily, old urine stains aren’t impossible to clean. There is a good chance that you will be able to restore the look of your carpet by following this advice.
The lightest treatment consists of mixing dishwashing soap and hot water.
- Dampen the area with the solution using a cloth or sponge.
- Dab as much moisture off as possible with paper towels.
- Do this a few times and leave the carpet to dry completely.
- If the stain persists try something with a bigger punch – mix vinegar and water in equal parts and soak the area, but try to be reasonable and not overdo it. Vinegar is great at breaking down the urine even further.
- After soaking the place where your dog peed blot it with paper towels, without rubbing it further in.
- Lightly brush the area, this will help the solution to penetrate deeper into the carpet fibres.
- Don’t scrub too intensely or you will do more harm than good. Just like the other method, use paper towels to soak up the moisture then sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum it off after an hour.
By now you probably understand the need for quick measures when it comes to cleaning dog accidents off your carpet. You should apply the same principle when you have to remove dog vomit off your carpet to avoid leaving a stain.
If your dog just now vomited follow the steps below to take care of the carpet:
- Using rubber gloves and a scraper or another tool you have at hand scrape and much of the dog vomit off your carpet. Be careful not to rub it further into the carpet.
- Next, make a cleaning solution with white vinegar OR hydrogen peroxide and water. Put the mix inside a spray bottle.
- Spray the cleaning solution you made over the affected area until its damp.
- Take some paper towels or rags and blot the area until the area is no longer wet.
- Leave the carpet to dry out and vacuum it thoroughly afterwards.
You can use this method to remove dried dog vomit stains from your carpet.
Once you have successfully cleaned dog pee or poop stains off your carpet it’s time to train and emphasise where your pet should be doing its business. You should also make the accident zone as unattractive as possible while simultaneously directing your pet to the designated area.
If your dog has vomited it may have been caused by overeating or eating something disagreeable.
However, vomiting can also indicate a more serious issue – a medical condition or ingesting a toxic substance. If you suspect that the cause of vomiting may be a serious one take your beloved dog to the vet as soon as possible.
You can read about pet insurance here and see if you need it.
Now that you have a guide for removing all kinds of unwanted pet substances and their stains from your carpet, you are prepared to face any surprise your pet has to offer you.