Dog poop on apartment floors can cause stains and also spread odors and harmful bacteria into your living space. Feces on rugs and carpet are more difficult to remove completely than feces on hard floors, so make sure you follow the proper procedure:
Remove the Excess
The first step to properly removing dog poop from carpet is to carefully remove the excess. Wearing washable or disposable gloves, take a large paper towel and pick up as much of the poop with the towel as you can. Be careful not to dig too deep into the pile, as this can drive the feces into the fibers and make the rest of the job more difficult. If the waste is a little old, it may be dry and this may be more difficult, but you should still try and get the excess away. Use a tool like an old spatula or paint scraper you keep expressly for this purpose (do not re-use such an item for food).
Dispose of the waste in a plastic bag, tie the bag and dispose of the bag. If possible, bring it outside directly to the dumpster so you don’t have to continue worrying about the scent inside your apartment.
Use a Laundry/Pet Stain Remover
Your next step should be to spray the stain with either a laundry stain remover or a cleaner marked expressly for cleaning pet stains off of the carpet. The laundry stain removers with oxi-action work the best with dog poop. Let the stain soak in the clear for a couple of minutes or as directed on the back of the bottle.
Blot with Cold Water and Detergent
After the stain remover has soaked for a time, fill a small tub or bucket with cold water, add three to four teaspoons of laundry detergent and stir. The mixture should be soapy. Soak a non-abrasive sponge in the mixture and ring out the excess. Then carefully blot the stain with the soapy sponge.
Scrub with Bristle Brush
Take a bristle brush and scrub the stain vigorously, but be careful not to wear the carpet down. You should see soap suds lifting from the carpet as you do this. If you don’t, blot the stain again with the soapy sponge. Continue using the brush and sponge until you can no longer see the dog poop stain.
Remove the Excess Moisture
You’re still not quite done, though, as you want to eliminate the odor and bacteria. Use a towel or paper towels to absorb as much of the moisture in the carpet as possible.
Deodorize with Vinegar
Next, make a mixture of 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water. Carefully pour the mixture over the area where the stain was and allow to soak for a few minutes. Then rinse the area with cold water and again remove the excess moisture with a towel.
Soak with Baking Soda
Once the stain is completely dry, sprinkle it liberally with baking soda to freshen the carpet. You may choose to use another bristle brush to work the soda into the carpet fibers. Allow the soda to soak into the carpet overnight. In the morning, vacuum the soda away.
Removing dog poop from carpets is simple once you know the most effective method. When you can’t train your dog properly or there are inevitable occasional accidents, step into action as soon as possible to remove the stain.