Waking up only to discover that your dog had a stomach upset at night and diarrhea all over your carpet is what most dog owners’ fear. Cleaning up such a mess is not easy, especially if it dried up. It’s important for you to clean diarrhea correctly since such stains look bad on the carpet, and you wouldn’t want the bad smell to linger in your house all day long.
Here are tips on how to clean dried dog diarrhea-
Protect yourself with gloves
Before you start the cleaning process, put on disposable latex gloves to avoid touching the mess with bare hands. Also, you need to have a plastic bag nearby so that you can drop the mess into the bag and not risking them dropping into the house on your way to the garbage can.
By wearing gloves, you protect your hands from bacterial infections and other germs that you can contract by cleaning dog diarrhea with bare hands.
Remove the solids
Since the diarrhea is dry, you need to first scrap the solids into cardboard or a dustpan and put away the mess into a plastic bag. As you remove the solid, do not blot the stain until it is time to clean it as by doing so you might force it into the fabrics of the carpet. After removing the solid, what is remaining is to clean and sanitize the area.
By first removing the solid waste, when time to clean comes, you will do so with ease, without having to deal with the real mess, just the stain.
With many numbers of cleaning products in the market today, enzyme cleaners are the best in this case. The reason is that they speed up the cleaner’s chemical reaction and can help break down the mess for easy removal. If looking for something that is not so strong, you can use white vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol and other products that are effective if you use them properly. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are also great.
Soak the stain
Add hot spring water to a gallon and mix two tablespoons of laundry liquid detergents to come up with suds. Soak the area with dried up diarrhea with the solution and let it soak for ten minutes.
Soaking makes it easy for the hard substance to soften and come out easily.
Scrub the mess
Dip a soft brush in the water and scrub the carpet with it. Scrub repeatedly until the stain is gone and brush from the outer side of the stain to the inner side.
Since the stain is wet already, scrubbing won’t be hard. As long as you get the right brush, the stain will come out in a few minutes.
In this step, you need enough wipes or other soft products like towels to absorb as much mess as possible. Paper towels are great and favorite to most dog owners because they are easy to use and are also disposable into plastic bags. Baby wipes are also ideal since they help neutralize the smell.
While wipes are common products, they are not the only solution to the problem. You can also use a towel or a huge piece of cloth. Whichever product you decide to use, it is possible to suck-up the mess in minutes.
Vacuum or steam cleaner
It’s not easy to get rid of diarrhea on the carpet using your hands alone. With the use of a vacuum or a steam cleaner, you are able to remove bacteria left behind after hand cleaning. A vacuum cleaner can easily go deep within the carpet fibers and remove any mess that sticks in there. Also, a steam cleaner is a better option, the machine uses hot water to sanitize the carpet so that you may feel comfortable resting on the surface again.
With the use of either a vacuum or a steam cleaner, dog diarrhea present on your carpet will get off within no time.
To get rid of the odor, you can decide to use either white vinegar or baking soda. These two components work by neutralizing the odor, leaving your carpet smelling fresh and clean.
While baking soda helps in eliminating odor, it is advisable to use vinegar since baking soda is fatal if a dog ingests it.
Dog messes are unavoidable since they aren’t always able to reach outside before discomfort worsens and the need for relief hits. While you can solve this by training your dog, when it happens, just use the above dog diarrhea cleaning tips and have fun resting on your carpet!