How to Remove Canine Feces Stains From a Carpet

by Michelle Ullman
    Feces happens when a new puppy is in the house.

    Feces happens when a new puppy is in the house.

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    One of the first challenges of new puppy ownership is housebreaking. Some puppies learn faster than others, but virtually all of them will have at least one accident inside the house. Even an adult dog can have an accident if he is left inside for too long, or is elderly or ill. Feces and urine stains ruin your carpet's appearance and are unsanitary and malodorous. When your dog poops on the rug, the faster you take action the less likely it is that the stain will set permanently.

    Step 1

    Pick up any solid pieces of stool with a plastic bag or pooper-scooper. Do not squish feces into the carpet.

    Step 2

    Mix 1 tablespoon of gentle liquid dish-washing soap, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water together in a spray bottle.

    Step 3

    Spray the soap mixture onto the stain. Let the solution sit for five minutes.

    Step 4

    Blot up the liquid with the rag. Do not smear or grind the stool into the carpet.

    Step 5

    Spray and blot up the cleaning solution until the stain disappears.

    Step 6

    Treat any stubborn marks with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, followed by a drop of two of ammonia. Sponge with cold water, then use a clean cloth to blot the spot dry.

    Step 7

    Remove any lingering odor by sprinkle baking soda over the cleaned area. Let the baking soda sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum.

    Items You Will Need

    • Plastic bag
    • Liquid dishwashing soap
    • White vinegar
    • Water
    • Spray bottle
    • Rags
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Ammonia


    • For an easier but more expensive cleanup, use an enzymatic cleaner made for pet accidents. Clean up any solid waste, then soak the stained area with the enzymatic cleaner. Allow the carpet to dry, then vacuum.

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    About the Author

    Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.

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