How to Clean Your Carpet After Doggy Accidents

Having a dog share your home means that sooner or later they will relieve themselves inside of the home. This can happen regardless of how well they are potty trained to only go outdoors. When they decide to go to the bathroom on carpeted areas this can cause a major cleaning emergency.

Once the dirty deed is done you will have to act fast to clean up the mess or the stain and odor will seep deeper into the carpet fibers. Dogs will often return to that very same spot to repeat their act unless it is completely cleaned and odor free. There are steps you can take to get rid of these mishaps and return your carpet to normal.

This post is from Wellshine – a cleaning company that’s based near to Pet365 HQ in Milton Keynes. We’ve used them a couple of times and have been really impressed so wanted to give them a bit of love!

Cleaning Urine

Dog urine is the most common stain people want to get rid of on carpeting, according to statistics at Puppies are often the cause, but older dogs can wee on the floor as well. Understand that the urine is going to quickly seep into carpet fibers and spread – if there is enough of it, urine can seep into padding and down to the floor underneath. That’s bad news.

The first thing to do is grab as many towels as you can and apply pressure to the stain. You want to soak up as much urine as possible. Step on the towel or leave something heavy on top. Use as many towels as needed until there is no more moisture.

Use an enzyme-based cleaner or a make a mixture which is 50/50 white vinegar and water. Pour the mixture over the entire stain. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Spot dry with additional towels.

Cleaning Poo

Put on disposable gloves to protect your skin. Get a dustpan and an old spatula (or similar tool) to scrape up the mess. Scrape the poo into the dustpan. You can also use a paper towel to pick up the poo. Don’t press down, because this will drive feces into the carpet. Place the poo into a plastic bag, seal it and dispose of it in a secure bin. Or, flush it down the toilet.

Spray the stain with a laundry stain remover that uses “oxi” or “oxi-action” as part of the ingredients. Allow this to soak for a few minutes. Next, fill a bucket with liquid soap and water. Using a scrub brush, gently but vigorously scrub the stain until it disappears.

Cleaning Vomit

Carefully, pick up the vomit with some folded paper towels. Do not press down as you are removing it. With clean and dry paper towels, gently blot remaining wet areas. Take a clean sponge soaked in hot soapy water and gently scrub the stain. Once the stain is gone, rinse the sponge and continue blotting with soapy water until all of the suds are gone. Blot the area with dry paper towels to soak up most of the moisture. Vacuum with the roombas when dry. If you haven’t heard of the Roombas vacuum, learn more about Roombas here. To prevent bad odors from lingering after cleaning up an accident, natural remedies like club soda and baking soda work best. These dilute and neutralize odors. Pour club soda over the area and blot with paper towels. Let it dry. Sprinkle baking soda over the spot and apply pressure. Let it sit for an hour or more before vacuuming.

Do You Know What is Lurking in That Poo?

Dog poo is not to be treated lightly. The EPA considers dog poo a hazardous material, just as hazardous as human waste. Millions of tiny microorganisms harboring bacteria can cause cramping, diarrhea, intestinal and kidney problems in people. It is important to clean up poo and disinfect the area to prevent infection.