how to clean dog diarrhea off carpet

How to Clean Dog Diarrhea off Carpet – Vacuum Base

Dogs are adorable animals and the most adopted pets in many homes. If well trained, they can be a good companion and a wonderful friend. However, sometimes they can be such a pain in the back because of their naughty nature. No matter how best you train them, they’ll always remain to be animals and can sometimes mess you up by pooping just anywhere around the house.

It’s even worse when they have an upset stomach. Imagine waking up one beautiful morning only to find that your dog messed up your favorite carpet with diarrhea? Frustrating right? Well, you don’t have to freak out since you can clean the mess easily if you follow this simple guide.

First method

1. Work quickly

The longer you take to remove dog diarrhea from your carpet, the tougher it will be to remove it after it has dried up. This will also expose you to more damage. Dog feces have natural acids that can cause huge damage to your carpet fibers if not cleaned immediately. So, if you still love your carpet and want it to serve you longer, you better act faster in removing the mess.

2. Protect yourself

First, you cannot handle the feces with a bare hand. You need to protect your hands from getting soiled by wearing disposable latex gloves. Ensure you have an open plastic bag by your side to avoid trips to the dustbin as well as dripping the mess all over the floor on your way to the garbage can.

3. Start the cleaning

Use disposable paper towels to wipe up diarrhea from your carpet. Remove any excess poop by scooping with the paper towel. Avoid pushing the stain deeper into the carpet and also be careful not to mess a different place by dropping the particles.

4. User a cleaner

After wiping the place clean, its time to ensure no odor remains behind as this will only attract your dog more to the spot. He might think that it has a new bathroom spot. A pet odor neutralizer works well to get rid of the smell. You can also mix vinegar with mineral water into a bucket and pour the mixture directly onto the stained area. Pat with a dry towel to remove the excess water and let it dry.

Second method

1. Remove the solids

Start cleaning the stained area by removing the solid wastes first. Put the mess in a plastic sealable trash bag. Try to remove as much as you can then sanitize the remaining ones and clean. Use a dull knife to remove the dried feces or any fecal matter stuck in the carpet.

2. Spray

Use a laundry product with oxygen bleach to spray the stained areas of the carpet. Leave it there for some time as you prepare the next mixture.

3. Soak

Mix distilled water and a small amount of liquid laundry detergent in a bucket to make foams. Use the solution to soak the stained area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the solution to work.

4. Scrub

Use a soft bristle brush dipped in water with suds and apply on the stained area of the carpet. Scrub the stain repeatedly until there are no more stains. Work from the outer area of the stain moving towards the inside. Make sure you are gentle so that you avoid damaging the fibers of your carpet.

5. Rinse

Fill a clean bucket with distilled or spring water. Use the water to clean the area and get rid of any detergent on the carpet. Blot the area with a paper towel or a soft cloth to remove the excess moisture. You can also vacuum the area to remove the detergent and any remaining fecal matter.

6. Use odor remover

The stain will have disappeared by this time, but the odor will not go away that easily. Use an odor removing agent of your choice to get rid of the odor and ensure the dog doesn’t come back to mess up the same place. Leave the odor remover in the place for 24 hours and vacuum it the next day.

Common questions and answers

What kind of detergent is best for your carpet?

The kinds of detergents and the odor remover you use depend with the type of your carpet. Test any cleaner to ensure its safe to use on your carpet before using it. Taking the necessary precautions will ensure you don’t damage your carpet in the process.

Can vinegar stain my carpet?

Not all kinds of vinegar can be used to remove dog diarrhea from your carpet. White vinegar is the best as it won’t stain your carpet. Don’t use balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar as can stain your carpet. Make sure you dilute the vinegar before using it on your carpet.

How can I prevent the dog from pooping in my carpet again?

Cleaning your carpet everytime your dog messes up can be tiring and can damage your carpet as well. To avoid this, here are some preventive measures you can take.

Train your dog to always excrete outside as the smell can be so unpleasant and difficult to deal with even if it’s not on the carpet.

You can use repellants to keep your dog away from the carpet area. You can use commercial repellants or use white vinegar, lemon juice or alcohol. Just make sure it’s something that cannot affect the health of your dog.

Use rugs to cover the carpet area where your dog spends most of his time. Rugs are much easier to clean than the carpets.


As a dog owner, you won’t like waking up to cleaning a dog mess especially if you have a busy schedule. The mess won’t clean itself either, so you only have two options, leave it there longer and allow it to damage your carpet, or clean it right away and keep your carpet clean and free from damage.

It’s a bit of work having to clean your dog’ diarrhea; the above cleaning tips will help make the work easier and prevent your carpet from damage. If you don’t like the mess, you don’t have to force yourself as you can also call for a professional help and part ways with some cash.

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