Did you forget to clean the litter box again? I bet you remember now that there’s a fresh pile of kitty poop on the floor. Cat poop can be really tricky to get out sometimes, especially if it dries first. If you need a solution, the good news is that it’s not too difficult and you probably already have all the necessary supplies.
But if this is a repeated offense, you might need a little booster to get the smell out. We will go over a super inexpensive cleaning method to remove the stain. If you need a little extra help on that, we will go over extra odorous or advanced stains, too. Let’s get down to it.
1. Get Your Supplies
2. Try Not to Let it Dry on the Carpet
Put on your gloves before you try to remove any waste. Cat poop can have toxins that can make you very sick if you accidentally ingest it. Once you have all of your supplies ready and your gloves on—you’re good to go!
Try to get to it before it air dries (if you can). The longer the poop sets, the harder it is to remove. Particles stick and solidify to the carpet. The quicker you find it, the more likely you’ll be able to get most of the waste out just by picking it up. Getting dried poop out of the carpet can be a little more challenging, but it’s still manageable.
3. Get Out as Much as Possible
Take a cloth or paper towel and pick out as much of the solid matter as you can. The more that it’s ground into the carpet, the harder it is to remove. If you leave remnants, your cat can still smell that they’ve used this spot before. A repeat offense is much more likely.
4. Make a Simple, But Effective Concoction
You can make a simple solution with products you always have around. Use basic dish soap with no added bleach and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Place the mixture into a spray bottle or bowl.
Try not to use any bleach products. Bleach could stain your carpet, so you won’t want to risk any color change to the area. Also, bleach doesn’t effectively get rid of cat smells.
5. Add the Solution to the Stain
You should gently, pour, spray, or dab the solution over the spot, but try not to get any outside of the affected area. Let the solution settle into the spoiled spot for a few minutes, so it can loosen the poop from the pieces of carpet.
6. Blot the Area
Blot up as much of the liquid as you can. You should see the remaining poop lift from the carpet.
7. Repeat Until the Carpet is Clean
Keep adding solution and blotting until your paper towel or rag is clear. There should be no residue or matter left if the carpet is truly clean.
8. Rinse with Water
To get the concoction out of the carpet once you’ve successfully removed the poop, rinse the area lightly with plain tap water. Blot the area once more with a dry cloth or paper towel.
9. Wait for the Area to Dry
Leave the area alone until it dries up. You can even speed up the process by taking a blow dryer to the wet portion.
10. Sprinkle Baking Soda on the Spot
Baking soda is the great neutralizer. Sprinkle some baking soda on the spot and allow it to sit for approximately one hour.
With a few passes, the vacuum will take up the existing baking soda. The area should be odor and debris free. It’s important to go through the process to prevent it from happening again in the future.
12. Use an Odor-Blocking Scent Product (Optional)
You can sprinkle or spray your carpet with fragrance or essential oil spray to really make the room smell good.
Products for Difficult Odor
If your cat is making a habit out of using your floor as a litter box, you might run into some residual odors. The good news is that they have products on the market that are specifically formulated to remove tough pet smells, including feces.
Cleaning up cat poop room the carpet isn’t a task anyone wants to do, but accidents happen. Try to naturally remove the poop if you can. If this is an ongoing issue, always discuss continual behavioral and physical problems with your cat’s vet.
There are endless pet products available for purchase that remove pet odors from carpet. Shop around to see if you find the miracle product you’re looking for.
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- 1. Get Your Supplies
- 2. Try Not to Let it Dry on the Carpet
- 3. Get Out as Much as Possible
- 4. Make a Simple, But Effective Concoction
- 5. Add the Solution to the Stain
- 6. Blot the Area
- 7. Repeat Until the Carpet is Clean
- 8. Rinse with Water
- 9. Wait for the Area to Dry
- 10. Sprinkle Baking Soda on the Spot
- 11. Vacuum
- 12. Use an Odor-Blocking Scent Product (Optional)
- Products for Difficult Odor
- Final Thoughts