Poop + Carpet = Nasty Mess

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Dear Home-Ec 101,

What is the best way to clean diarrhea off of carpet? I’ll spare you the exact details, but let’s just say it’s pretty heinous.


Poopy in Peewauket

WinkIvy says:

Oh, dear. Clearly, your day has been crappier than mine, so I shall cut out the bad puns and get right down to the business at hand.

An immediate temporary measure is to use paper towels to blot up as much of the mess as possible, then put some Spray N Wash down on the area and blot. This will help keep the stain from setting. But to clean up the mess entirely, you are going to have to pull out the big guns.

You need some strong suction to be able to suction up that diarrhea. Regular household carpet cleaners will not normally be able to do the job. I would rent a commercial machine like a Rug Doctor. As far as a cleaner to use in the machine, my recommendation is to use Kids ‘N’ Pets.

kidsnpets.jpgKids ‘N’ Pets is one of the greatest things I have ever found to clean up pet and kid messes. We buy it by the caseload, and it is hands down the best thing I have tried.

After you have cleaned the mess with the chemical and gotten the stain up, go over the area several times with clear water. This will help rinse out the machine as well as making sure the area is fully cleaned.

I sure hope your day goes better!

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6 thoughts on “Poop + Carpet = Nasty Mess”

  1. When removing diarrhea from carpet you must act fast! If not, you run the risk of serious bacteria and odor issues later on. You need to remove as much of the diarrhea as possible! Using a cloth or paper towels is NOT recommended! The reason is because pressure or smearing will occur during the clean-up process. Also, it's best to have ZERO contact with the diarrhea! The bottom line, you need suction….fast! You can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the diarrhea from the carpet. Most grocery store rental machines do not have enough power and will smear the diarrhea across the carpet. Therefore, your problem will be worse! Use the suction from the wet/dry vacuum to remove the diarrhea from the carpet. Do not rake the suction hose across the carpet! Place end of suction hose directly onto the carpet and extract. Use an anti-bacterial solution to remove the bacteria and odor. Typically, a mixture of anti-bacterial solution and warm water works well. Pour directly onto the stain and extract immediatley with the wet/dry vacuum. Continue this process until desired results are achieved.

  2. The best way to clean diarrhea would be the following:
    1. Wear some gloves and get a plastic bag to remove everything you can.
    2. Mix water with white vinegar and put it directly into the carpet to clean as much as possible.
    3. Use paper towel to dry the mixture. Do not pressure into the carpet.
    4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain is gone.
    5. Sprinkle baking soda on the freshly cleaned area. Allow the baking soda to sit and absorb excess odors or liquids.
    6. Vacuum the area as soon as it dries.

  3. Just to add to the above post real quick.

    In the initial cleaning steps you should look for a pet odor elimination cleaning agent that uses non-harmful bacteria and digestive enzymes.

    This will help to break down the organic material. let it sit for a while and extract with the wet-dry vac.

    The concept behind the baking soda is in principal sound. The problem with this is that it tends to clump up and become impossible to remove all of it, especially if it reaches the pad.

    Jay Jetty
    Carpet Cleaning Pahrump

    Carpet Cleaning Las Vegas


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