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How To Clean Dog Poop Off The Carpet

Updated on April 7, 2013

So The Dog Pooped On The Carpet

I love my dog as if she were my child, but I do not like cleaning up after she has an accident. There is nothing worse than walking into the house after an exhausting day at work and finding a pile of poop on the carpet waiting to be cleaned. My first instict is to be upset, but then I look at my poor dog who is clearly ashamed of herself, and I clean it up. My dog has a very sensitive stomach and gets diarrhea frequently. Occassionally this happens while I'm not home and I'm left with a stinky mess that could potentially leave a stain on my carpet. Luckily I've learned some tricks over the years that make cleaning the carpet easier, faster, and more effective.

Here's A List Of Carpet Cleaning Supplies You'll Need

Before I start cleaning dog poop off the carpet I make sure I have all of the carpet cleaning supplies that I'll need. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a poopy mess and realizing that you are missing something you need.

  1. Latex gloves
  2. Plastic bags
  3. Dry paper towels
  4. Moist paper towels
  5. Plastic spoons
  6. Carpet cleaner
  7. Carpet shampooer
  8. Vacuum cleaner

Getting Started

Step One

The first thing you need to do is put on your gloves and use a dry paper towel to pick up as much of the dog poop off the carpet as possible. You need to do this without rubbing or scrubbing. You are basically lifting up as much of the loose poop as possible. After that, you obviously place the paper towel into the plastic bag.

I usually use several paper towels for this step because the thought of getting any poop on my hands, even with gloves, really grosses me out. Use as many as you want because the fact is, you're cleaning poop.

Step Two

I bet you're wondering what the plastic spoon is for

Take out your plastic spoon and gently scoop the poop off of the carpet. Since you've already gotten the big mound and loose parts off the carpet, you should be able to really work on scraping the actual carpet fibers. The spoon helps get as much poop up without grinding it deeper into the fibers and possibly creating a stain.

Since my dog is prone to accidents, I always keep plastic spoons in my house. Without doing this step, it is nearly impossible to get the mess of the carpet without rubbing it deeper into the carpet.

Step Three - Get Ready To Scrub

Now it's time for some good old fashioned scrubbing. First, take your moist paper towel and wipe as much excess poop off the carpet as possible. There is probably some loose poop left over from the second step that the plastic spoon could not remove. Again, I use several paper towels. Once you feel like you've pulled up as much of the mess as you can, get out a can of carpet cleaner. Make sure you read and follow the directions because some cleaners can have adverse effects on your carpet. Our goal is to limit stains and discolorations, not create new ones!

Step Four - I love my Bissel

This is an optional step, but I never skip it. I always use my carpet shampooer to make sure I've gotten as much dog poop cleaned off my carpet as possible. I have used my Bissel carpet shampooer so many times that it has definately been worth the investment! Once again, you'll have to read the directions for the shampooer and the cleaning solution you use. I usually just shampoo the small are where the initial mess was, but sometimes I am inspired to shampoo the entire carpet!

BISSELL PowerLifter PowerBrush Upright Carpet Cleaner and Shampooer, 1622
BISSELL PowerLifter PowerBrush Upright Carpet Cleaner and Shampooer, 1622

This is the carpet cleaner I use and it works really well. The only down side is the bulkiness of the machine.

SpotBot Pet handsfree Spot and Stain Cleaner with Deep Reach Technology 33N8
SpotBot Pet handsfree Spot and Stain Cleaner with Deep Reach Technology 33N8

This is a nice compact little spot cleaner. You simply place the machine over the stain and turn it on. It's a pretty easy machine to use.

Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner - Corded
Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner - Corded

This is another small cleaner that would be easy to store. One of the nice features on this model is the arm that can be used on furniture.


Step FIve - You're almost done!

After the carpet has been completely cleaned and I am satisfied with the results, I do a good vacuuming. All the scrubbing lifted dirt, and dust and it just looks better after it's been vacuumed. After all the work you put into cleaning the carpet, you may as well have it looking as good as you can.

What Do You Use To Clean Your Carpet?

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    • sockii profile image

      Nicole Pellegrini 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      RocketSquid tip - if there's one particular carpet cleaning machine/product you really recommend, use the Amazon Spotlight Module to showcase it :)

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      We have to deal with feline accidents quite often in our house (vomit and the like) and follow a very similar procedure. There's no way we'd manage without our carpet cleaning machines! Nice job!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for loving your dog and cleaning up after him, poor guy he must feel awful. Blessed.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      5 years ago

      My dogs are housetrained and fortunately not delicate of digestion - you have my sympathy! - but the regurgitation of cat furballs and the occasional accident from visiting puppies has made me a devoted fan of enzyme-based cleaners for this sort of thing.

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      texan203 lm 

      5 years ago

      RocketSquidTip: It is always a good idea to use a spellchecker on your lens before publishing. ex: stomache stomach has no e on the end; and potencially is spelled potentially. :) Best of luck

    • texan203 lm profile image

      texan203 lm 

      5 years ago

      Very well thought out lens. Nicely done

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile image

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      No dog poop in our house, but my cat has a sensitive tummy, so cat sick is the thing... I thoroughly recommend steam vacuum cleaners! :)

    • TommysTips profile image


      5 years ago

      Luckily we have wooden floors - makes life for my Mum so much easier!!

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      A carpet cleaner is a must have when one has carpets and a doggy with a sensitive tummy. Just the way it goes. Thanks for loving your precious pet no matter what <3


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