How To Get Poop Out Of Carpet
Poop can be downright messy. Good thing cleaning it off a carpet could be easy! Well, I just happen to realize this during my little one’s diarrhea bout. I was changing her diapers like usual and lo! All that poop squirt out straight to me and to the bedroom carpet.
I was worried like every new parent. It’s just poop you might say, yet aside from my kid’s diarrhea, I was also concerned about the thick carpet. The next days were spent asking around, and doing some trial and error spot cleaning. Here’s what works and how you can also do it yourself:
1. Baking soda and vinegar combo
This combination creates a lot of fizzes. This is due to the acid-base chemical reaction that it produces. Assuming you have already scraped most of the solid and gooey stuff with a spatula, here’s what comes next:
One of the easiest ways to use this combo is to simply sprinkle baking soda on top of the wet carpet. Let it sit there until absorbed then pour some vinegar on top of the baking soda. Watch it fizz. Wipe off as much liquid residue as you can. Sprinkle an additional coat of baking soda and let it dry for a few hours. Once dried, just brush and vacuum it off.
2. Dishwashing detergent, vinegar, and warm water
This mixture has a tendency to bleed out a carpet’s color. Take note to initially do a patch test on an inconspicuous area before you proceed with using this for cleaning.
To start: Mix 1 part liquid dishwashing detergent with 4 parts water. Pour it into the stain and rub out with a piece of cloth. Afterward, pour into it some white vinegar. Wipe it until dry with a cloth and repeat until all the stain marks are gone.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
This chemical works wonders to immediately wipe off blood stains. It was only during my experiment with my carpet that I found out that it is also effective for removing poop marks. This is how you can use it:
Use household strength Hydrogen Peroxide with concentration ranging from 3% to 6%. Take note of this numbers as using a more potent concentration can likely damage your carpet’s color and texture. As usual, do a quick carpet patch test to see if colors won’t bleed. To use, simply pour the hydrogen peroxide into the poop. Let it soak and sit in there for around ten minutes. Once the fizz has gone, wipe it off until dry. Depending on your carpet’s material, its texture might change. You can opt to use a carpet shampoo on that patch then wipe off for it to retain its bouncy texture.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on carpet cleaning when you can do it yourself. Commercial detergents can also work but based on experience, common household chemicals mentioned above are already enough. To avoid regrets, just remember to test out your mixture on a discreet part of your carpet before you pour it out on the stain. Once all the stains have gone, just spray some disinfectant to finish off the area.
Accidents are unavoidable. It helps to be an informed handy-mom. The mess is a given when caring for a baby. Just clean it and enjoy your precious time with your baby. Before you know it, there will be no more poops to clean for she has already grown.