Accidents happen. In the carpet cleaning business, this is considered job security.
Ah, but then there’s the doo-it-your-selfers out there, and you DIY types are who I’m addressing today. I consulted Mike Sheridan, our senior-most technician, and gathered all of his poop cleaning wisdoms for you. If your dog has left you a present, and you want to tackle it yourself (poor choice of words), here’s how to be a Real American Hero in your own home.
The trick to cleaning up dog doo is the same for cleaning up vomit, blood, or any other bodily fluid: You have to break down the proteins. Professionals use specialty chemicals for this purpose, but if you have a stomach of steel, you can clean it yourself with warm water, ammonia, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.
The fun first step is to remove any of the solid bits. Latex gloves make this less unpleasant of an experience. Mike recommends that you “Scrape any excess off the top, then dilute dish soap in hot water, mixed with a cap full of ammonia.” The dish soap will help with the foods and grease components of the poop, and the ammonia will take care of the proteins. Clean the spot(s) with a disposable towel dipped in this solution. Scrub in a circular motion. Careful not to get things too wet.”White vinegar and water mixed 50/50 after the ammonia and dish soap should neutralize the PH so it doesn’t brown as it dries,” sayeth Mike. (Vinegar also kills germs. It’s not quite as effective as chlorine bleach, but for household purposes, it does the job just fine and isn’t as harsh or disastrous to colors as bleach is.) Finally, when the mess is clean and you’ve dried it as best as possible, put a spray nozzle on your brown hydrogen peroxide bottle and give the area a good misting (don’t saturate). Peroxide is great for organic stain removal, and it also helps prevent browning. After you’ve misted, use your fingers to rake it in.
This is not a be all, end all solution, I’m afraid. If you’ve followed my instructions and still see a problem, it could be that dyes or processed foods or some other grossness contained within is beyond your control. You may also, despite the vinegar & peroxide used to the contrary, experience browning if the carpet was over-saturated. In these cases, just bite the bullet, and call in a professional.