When it comes to our four-legged furry friends – it seems like they can do no wrong. That is, until you catch them scooting their booty across the floor or realize your dog had an accident, and you’re left with a stain that won’t go away. So, what do you do when your pet leaves a mess? Don’t fret, we have searched the experts and found the best five tips on how to clean up dog poop and remove the stains it leaves behind.
Tip #1: Remove Solid Waste
It goes without saying, but the experts at PetMD insist that you need to eliminate as much solid waste as you can. There’s no point in immediately blotting when there’s solid waste to remove. The best way is to glove up. If you do not have gloves, get a new plastic bag, put your hand in the bag, and grab as much of the waste as you can. Once all the waste is grabbed, turn the bag inside out, tie the ends, and throw the bag into the waste bin outside. Don’t forget to wash your hands, even after using gloves.
Tip #2: Address the Stain
You’ve cleaned the solid waste, and now you need to address the stain on your carpet, rug, or fabric. Do you let the stain dry or do you immediately start blotting? Considering dog poop can be harmful to your health, you should begin blotting the spot. Use a mixture of 3 oz. white vinegar, 1-2 drops of dish soap, and 16oz of warm water with a white rag to start blotting the spot until you see the stain lift away and transfer onto your cloth. After you’re done, it would be best to throw the rag away.
Tip #3: Try Different Solutions
Don’t like the idea of using vinegar on your carpet? Oprah has a solution that seems to work like magic. Use club soda to lift the stain. Blot away the club soda with a white rag you don’t mind tossing. Once you’ve removed most of the stain, you can blot with a small amount of dish soap to wash the affected area; then rinse with club soda. Once the stain is gone, leave your carpet to dry and then fluff.
Tip #4: Clean Your Clothes
If you happen to get stains on your clothing then don’t panic! According to Good Housekeeping, you can easily get rid of those stains by soaking your affected clothing or fabric in warm water with a detergent that contains enzymes. Then wash your laundry with color safe bleach for all your non-whites, or you can use regular bleach on your whites to sanitize your clothing.
Tip #5: Use Peroxide
If you’re having a hard time lifting a stain from an affected area, you can use a small amount of peroxide to help lift the stain. Use a sparing amount on the stain as peroxide can discolor the area you use it on. Let the peroxide bubble the stain to the surface and blot away until the stain is gone.
There you have it! Five easy tips to lift any dog poop stain you might come across. For more dog poop facts, you can rely on the dog poop experts at POOP 911. If you are interested in a reliable dog waste removal service, which can help reduce the amount of carpet stains, give us a call! We are always happy to help.