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How to clean cat poop from the carpet

Updated November 21, 2016

Dogs may be man's best friend, but quite a few people prefer to keep the company of cats instead. While owning cats can have several benefits, including having a sweet companion, there are some occasional drawbacks as well. One such possible problem is if the cat poops on the carpet, leaving a mess behind. Cleaning up cat poop from carpets is possible with the use of some standard household items.

Put on a pair of gloves to prevent any bacterial transfer from the faeces. Scoop up as much of the poop as possible and discard. Scoop up the poop with various tools such as small shovel, a dustpan, paint scraper or large spatula.

Create a mixture of cold water with a few drops dishwashing liquid. Dip a cleaning sponge or brush into the cleaning mixture and apply to the carpet. Gently scrub at the stain, moving in a circular motion. Repeat until the stain appears to be gone. You may also wish to use a carpet cleaning solution designed for pet owners, which you can purchase at most grocery stores, hardware stores or home repair stores.

Gently blot the wet area with towels or paper towels. When dry, pour a small amount of baking soda over the area and allow it to sit for a few hours, which will help remove any lingering odours.

Vacuum up the baking soda. Repeat as necessary until there is no noticeable odour.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Bucket or container
  • Cleaning sponge or brush
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Vacuum
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About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.