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How to Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet

February 21, 2020

How to get dog poop out of carpet

Key Points:

  1. Before you begin treatment, identify the entire affected area. This will make sure that you remove the entire poop stain, hopefully on the first treatment!
  2. Saturate the entire affected area, allowing the product to permeate both the carpet and the pad. 
  3. Agitate the area. This step allows the bacteria to fully infiltrate the stain and completely break down the waste, eliminating odors at the same time. 
  4. Lay a damp white towel over the affected area and allow it to sit for at least 8 hours.
  5. Remove the towel and allow the area to completely dry out. If there is urine present, you may notice a strong ammonia smell as the bacteria are breaking down the waste. This should go away after the area has completely dried. If the odor does not disappear, repeat the steps given in this article. 

Okay, so your dog has just defecated himself or herself right in the middle of your carpeted living room—what do you do? Not only is this a gross situation in general, but it can also be hard to clean it up fully—especially when trying to remove nasty odors. Well we’re here to put your mind at ease and provide a few helpful hints on how to get dog poop out of carpet, removing both poop stains and odors. 

To clean poop out of your carpet, we’re going to be using Unique’s Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator as our weapon of choice. It’s helpful to know that Unique’s Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator has no harmful chemicals in this product; instead, it’s all natural! The product uses  beneficial bacteria (the same kinds found in your stomach) to break down waste naturally and eliminate odors. 

Removing Poop Stains

The first step in removing poop stains from your carpet is to identify the entire affected area. It’s possible that you will clean the general area of the stain, but miss a small spot. When cleaning poop from your carpet, it may be worth it to treat a larger area of carpet than what you think has actually been affected.

To begin, first mix 1 cup of Unique’s Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator Concentrate with about 5-10 cups of water. This creates the perfect poop-dissolving, odor-purging solution. We don’t advise that you use the concentrated version of this product without diluting it. Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator needs water to activate the bacteria and allow them to survive. Keep in mind that after the bacteria have been activated, the product will only last for about 7 days, so be sure to only make as much product as you will use. 

Alternatively, if you don’t want to mix the product yourself, you may choose to use the ready to use version of Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator, which comes pre-diluted. Like its name says, this product is ready to use right out of the box on any stain!

After you’ve created your poop-eating magic formula or obtained the ready to use version of the product, pour the solution onto the affected area, making sure to completely saturate the carpet. Don’t skimp on this! It’s important that you use plenty of product! 

Be sure to give the product adequate time to soak all the way through the carpet. These sorts of stains not only infiltrate the surface layer of carpet, but they also can penetrate all the way through to the pad. With that being said, you’ll want to make sure that you give Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator enough time to soak all the way down to the pad. 

Now here’s where a little elbow grease comes in. Using the bottom of the Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator bottle, agitate the affected area of carpet. We recommend that you wear gloves! This is a crucial step. By agitating the area, you’re making sure that the product entirely penetrates the carpet, going deep into the stain. Furthermore, agitation breaks down larger pieces of waste, making it easier for the bacteria to break it down. This is especially true for more pervasive stains (i.e., poop stains). While it might seem a bit gross (which is why gloves can be helpful), you shouldn’t skip the agitation step!

Give the Product Time to Work

After you’ve agitated the area, take a warm, damp towel and lay it flat over the stain. This procedure helps keep the area moist, which creates an ideal environment for the bacteria to work. Be sure to use a white towel. A colored towel can bleed into the carpet! Leave the towel over the stain for at least 8 hours. If your stain is especially large, give the product a bit more time to work. 

After the treatment period, remove the towel and wash it. You’re done! Enjoy your stain and odor free carpet! 

Important note: During the treatment period and directly afterwards, you may notice that odors actually increase for a time if there is urine present. When bacteria break down urine, they can release a strong ammonia smell. Don’t worry! This is normal. Simply allow the affected area to completely dry out. Once the area is dry, the ammonia smell should go away. If it doesn’t, just repeat the steps given above. It is possible (especially if you’re dealing with a huge mess!) that you missed a small portion of the stain. 


While this is certainly on the grosser side of topics, it still needs to be addressed, and we hope that this article has been helpful as you tackle that nasty poop stain on your carpet! If you have any further questions, concerns, or general comments, please feel free to reach out. We’re always ready and willing to help you! You may reach us at

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