As a carpet cleaning professional we receive many calls a week from customers who are going through new puppy training or some other type of accident such as the family pet getting sick. Most often in these cases it is possible for the homeowner to clean the area without having to call in the professionals.
Here are a few tips on what to do.
1. If the feces is solid, remove as much as possible with rubber gloves and toilet paper and flush it down the toilet or place it in a trash bag, flushing is more eco-friendly !
If loose use a shop vac to extract as much of the waste out as possible always working upward.
It is very important during this step to not allow the feces to go down further into the carpet backing.
If you do not have a shop vac then allow the area to dry and loosen it later with a fork, spatula, or similar tool.
You can place a bowl over the area to keep the odor from stinking up the room.
2. After removing as much of the feces from the area as possible apply a pet cleaning agent to the stained area. Be sure you mist the surface only, do not over saturate.
You can purchase a pet stain remover at your local pet store and keep it handy for these special occasions.
These cleaning products are made to break down pet urine and feces and will help eliminate the odor and bacteria from the carpet.
Note: Do not use soap and water! Most of the information found online suggests using household cleaning detergents and flooding the area; this will only make your problem worse.
3. Using a carpet shampooer such as a Rug doctor or Bissell home shampooer extract the area thoroughly.
If you do not have this type of system you can blot the area in a circular motion using a wet teri-cloth towel along with your pet cleaning agent.
You may have to repeat the blotting process several times rinsing the towel between cleanings to get the stain out.
It is well worth repeating; Do not over saturate the carpet, simply mist and blot. This will take longer but will save you from creating a bigger mess.
Saturating the area will cause the dog feces to become liquid and will then soak into the carpet’s backing. The stain will then get trapped on the back side of the carpet and will keep coming back after the carpet dries.
4. If the stain does not come out completely, you can use the trick the professionals use by performing a heat transfer, just following this link.
5. The pet product you use should take care of the odor but If after the carpet dries there is still an odor, sprinkle carpet fresh on the area and vacuum.
These steps will take care of the majority of problems you will face from pet feces accidents but if the stain persists or the odor is not removed be sure to call your local carpet cleaning professional.
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