Having a new puppy in your family can be an exciting experience. However, this new family member will require a great deal of responsibility. Unfortunately, potty training your puppy can be a physically and emotionally overwhelming process. Not only will you feel frustrated and exhausted at times, but the potty training process can wreak havoc on the carpet in your home. Considering your puppy's feces may contain threadworms, hookworms, roundworms, parvovirus, and other dangerous bacteria, the efficient, effective removal of a potty-training accident is smart for protecting your family's health. Using these simple solutions, you can remove the poo from your carpet in a safe, effective manner.
Remove the Bulk
As soon as you notice your puppy has had an accident on the carpet, you should remove the bulk of the fecal matter from your carpet and rugs. While this is not an appealing task, it is important for preventing stains and the growth of harmful bacteria in your carpet fibers.
To remove the feces, grab most of it using paper towels or toilet tissue. After removing the bulk from the carpet or rug, wrap the paper towel or toilet tissue in a plastic bag. Dispose of the entire bag in an outdoor trash bin. This will reduce any odors from the fecal matter in your home.
Deodorize and Sanitize
If your puppy smells feces in your carpet and rugs, it will most likely have another accident in the same spot. Since dogs are able to sense odors 1,000 to 10,000 times better than a human, your puppy will be able to smell any fecal matter in the carpet. Although you may have removed the fecal matter and do not see discoloration or stains, odors may still be present deep in the carpet fibers. Thankfully, a deep cleaning after your puppy's accident will not only deodorize, but also sanitize the carpet.
A professional carpet steam cleaning is an effective and efficient way to remove odors from the carpet while also killing germs, viruses, and bacteria. Steam-cleaning machines inject boiling water into the carpet fibers before suctioning out the moisture, dirt, dust, and leftover fecal matter. The water's high temperature will effectively rid your flooring of harmful germs and bacteria left behind by your puppy's poo.
Clean the Stain
If your puppy's feces were dry and bulky, removing the matter before deodorizing and sanitizing is sufficient. However, your puppy may have had a messier accident that will require a more involved form of removal.
If your puppy has had diarrhea on the carpet, you will need to first remove any clumps with paper towels or toilet tissue. Then, combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 cups of white vinegar
Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients before spraying a generous amount of the solution onto the stained area of your carpet. Allow the vinegar solution to soak the carpet fibers, eating through the stain. The vinegar will reduce the discoloration while its natural acidic properties kill viruses and germs that may linger in the carpet.
If the vinegar solution has not removed the stain, add ½ cup of baking soda to a large bucket. Pour in ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, as well. Soak an old cloth in the solution for a few minutes. Wring out the excess liquid before scrubbing the carpet stain with the cloth.
It is important to note that the hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties, which may lighten darker-colored carpets and rugs. To prevent any discoloration, only use the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution on lighter-colored surfaces.
Your puppy will have accidents during the potty-training process, so making sure you are ready for the cleanup process is smart. Using these tips, your puppy's poo does not have to become a permanent, unhealthy problem for your carpet.