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How to remove feces stains from carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have animals or children, you are probably spot cleaning your carpet frequently. You can remove most carpet stains with solutions made from simple household ingredients. One unpleasant stain to remove is animal or human faeces. Immediately attempt to clean a stain as soon as you notice it. Most carpets today are made with stain resistant treatments, which provide a temporary barrier between your carpet fibres and the stain. Many stains are made permanent when the carpet owner puts off stain removal. Regular cleaning of your carpet will make it look newer and last longer.

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  1. Clean up the faeces by removing as much as you can with a dustpan and paper towels. Avoid applying pressure and working the faeces into the carpet.

  2. Apply liquid dish soap to a clean cloth, and blot the soiled area. Rinse the cloth, and continue to apply the dish soap and blot the stain until you are no longer picking up any of the faeces.

  3. Mix one tbsp of vinegar with ½ cup of water, and carefully pour it over the mixture. Use a clean cloth to work the mixture into the fibres and loosen the soiled area.

  4. Dry the area completely by applying pressure to paper towels. Place a few paper towels over the area, and stand on them to work out all of the moisture.

  5. Sprinkle baking soda over the soiled area, and allow it to dry overnight. As the baking soda dries it will suck up the odours and moisture from the carpet.

  6. Vacuum the baking soda up.

  7. Tip

    If you own a dog, consider feeding it food that does not contain any dyes. Many dog foods are dyed red to look more appealing in their packages to owners, but the red dye will not affect your dog's food preference and can permanently stain many carpets. Always blot stains and never rub them. Rubbing a stain can actually spread it. If the stain is difficult and you need to rub it to get it out, rub from the outside of the stain to the centre.


    Always test any carpet stain remover on an inconspicuous area of your carpet in case it reacts and forms a permanent mark. Always use rubber gloves when handling animal faeces.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dustpan
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 cloths
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.

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