With your Labrador Retriever puppy just days away from arriving, you will also have some guaranteed accidents arriving as well. The best way to deal with these little mishaps is to be prepared with the correct cleaning products and equipment to tackle natures little mess. If your house has carpet or large rugs, cleaning up a puppy protein shake or the dreaded diarrhea of doom can be a real….mess. The Bissell Spot-bot for pets is the ultimate investment but also a very pricey one. Luckily enough, Amazon sells used ones for about $140 and $300 new and worth every penny. If the Spot-bot is not in your budget, having the right supplies on hand can save your carpet or upholstery. There are so many cleaning products out there and twice as many reviews. With my experience, I have found that most people do not prepare for this part of puppy ownership. So here is a list that I have found that will help save carpets and upholstery.
- Plastic Bucket
- Plastic Toy Shovel
- Plastic Shopping Bags
- Plastic Fork
- Poop Bags
- Rubber Dish Gloves or Latex
- Plastic Spray Bottle
- Cloth Baby Diapers
- Paper Towels
- Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
- OxyClean Stain Remover Spray
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda not Powder
- Nature’s Miracle Advanced Formula Spray
Now, the main thing is to attack the puppy surprise as quickly as possible but depending on the exact severity of the accident. If you have caught the mess later at a later state, there are 2 things to remember. First, puppies have very short memory spans, so there is no need to discipline the puppy as they have most likely forgotten they have even done it. Secondly, this late in the accident cycle, it is most likely drying up and your best option is to let it dry. Placing a heavy bowl or clay flower pot over it can ensure that Fido won’t get into it. Once dried, remove any large matter. You can then use the fork to break up whatever dry matter is left and then vacuum up the area. If a strain is present, you can use the Nature’s Miracle Advanced Formula or you can use a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water in the spray bottle. Wet the entire area but do not saturate as this can migrate the stain down to the Rebond or under padding. Then use the cloth baby diapers or paper towels to blot the area dry. If the stain still remains you may have to reapplication several times. If the stain still persists, you may have to rent a steam cleaner from the local grocery store. This is where having the Bissell Spot-bot for pets comes in handy. Once all dried, if there is a lingering smell of Au de toilet et puppy, Sprinkle the area with baking soda and then let stand 2-3 hours and then vacuum. You want to ensure this is no lingering odor as your fuzzy friend can be attracted back to the spot thinking it’s a new toileting spot.
How to remove runny poop from your carpet.
So the day has come where that cute, fuzzy four legged monster has left you a biological wet bomb right smack in the middle of your living room floor. Hopefully, you prepared ahead of time for this with your post-bomb bucket kit we had talked about earlier. So the key here is to clean it up right away but first things first. Grab your dump ‘n’ dasher and put them in their playpen or crate. They love to try and get in there and help you but the last thing you want is a trail of poopy paw prints running across the back of the couch and doing figure eights across the floor, so they should have a 2-minute penalty for pooping.
Now if you are lucky enough to have gotten a Bissell Spot-Bot, I will let you know at what point to use it. For people who aren’t sure of what a Bissell Spot-Bot for Pets does Check out this quick video of one in action. The video is like a minute long and as you watch it, just imagine you with hands full of poop and using plastic forks to remove poop from the carpet fibers, you’ll see why these are such an amazing tool to have through your puppy years and in general really.
Ok, so we are not lucky enough to have a Spot-Bot but we ARE lucky enough to post-bomb bucket kit, we have detained the little terrorist, now to get to work. Most people use disposable latex gloves but I opt for rubber dish/gardening gloves, one for the sheer protection and secondly it blocks out warmth factor (I’m really not good with feces or vomit, even more so vomit) but you can make your choice. We are going to want a 1:1 mixture of warm water and white vinegar, and a little warm water in your bucket. Also set-up an easily accessible trash receptacle so to dispose of soiled towels. We are suited up, got all our tools, let’s dive in and dig our way out of the dumps.
- Using our pop bags or our plastic shovel, remove any solid matter that’s present, to help lessen the work. Try to not press down or driver and solids further down.
- Using your Arm and Hammer OxyCleaner stain remover spray, spray right on the edge on the stain, around its whole circumference as well as any untouched areas of the fabric within. This will help confine the stain from spreading. It will also help pull the stain from the contaminated fibers. Just spray enough to wet the surface, if you saturate the area, it can actually spread the stain further.
- If you have a Bissell Spot-Bot for pets, This is the point you want to use this miracle machine, just set it up, turn in on, go have a mojito and come back to a strain free floor. For the rest of us, we will need some luke warm water in the bucket, Spray bottle with the 1:1 of water and white vinegar. I prefer the “Natures Miracle Advanced Formula” but the vinegar & water will work as well.
- Moisten the soiled area with whatever spray bottle you choose, If you are using the Natures Miracle, I would do a spot test in a hidden area. There’s no telling what dyes a particular carpet company might have used so always best to spot test. Use the plastic fork to help remove the smaller particles of poop, rinsing the fork very often in the bucket water and keeping the soiled area wet but never saturate it. If it becomes saturated, the cloth diapers work well at soaking up unwanted moisture. Just be sure not to pull the carpet’s fibers or damage them. Once we are sure all debris is removed and discoloration only remains, we can move to the next phase.
- Now we want to start heavily wetting the soiled areas and blotting dry heavily with cloth diapers or paper towels, heavily wet and blot dry again. I also remember once using a “Sham-WoW” and it worked very well for this part, and like the cloth diapers are machine washable. You want to keep repeating until the stain is no longer present. Then really dry the area with paper towels or cloth diapers. A wet-dry shop vac can also be used.
- Once to more liquid is pulled from the site, dust area with baking soda, this help with any residual odor and help remove any moisture that may have seeped in the carpet padding. Let the baking soda sit for 2-3 hours.
- Then vacuum the area to remove the baking soda and any residual poop particles that may be lingering.
- A final spray of Lysol or Febreeze to tackle any remaining bacteria or unwanted scent. Now you and your furry 4 legged friends can go for a walk as they probably due for a tinkle.
As you do this once or twice you will learn little tricks with your particular carpet or fabric and you will modify it to be easier and quicker. I have just found this technique to always have success no matter the carpet but saying that, I have yet to encounter white carpet yet and I hope it to stay that way.
So wear your Puppy Runny Poop Badge with honor, you have survived this biological warfare and can live to tell about it and please do. Share your puppy poop experiences as you may be able to help someone with the same carpet as you. Plus we all have that one story that we think is better than the next, let’s see who has the crappiest story of all.
Post poop clean-up pack
Now, of course, if your present from your four legged friend was a bit more together but still on the carpet, I have tried both letting it dry and then removing as well as picking it up fresh and steaming new but, I wouldn’t say one is better than the other. I, however, prefer not having poop becoming a new fixture to my living room and tend to always clean it as soon as I find it. Some people prefer to let it dry, the choice is really yours but with a puppy running around, for the sake of cleanliness and not having it spread through out the house it’s best to clean it up right away. Use your biodegradable poop bags and remove all solid matter. The remnants are the same procedure as our runny counterparts from before. Hopefully, it happened on a smooth hard surface where you simply remove the solid matter and then use a Lysol disinfecting wipes to wipe away any residue. I would then mop the floors as well as again, you want to remove any trace of smell or of the accident so your pup does not think this is a new toilet area.
Now, what do you do if the worse happens and you have a poop covered puppy in your possession? We will talk about that in our next section of Health/Care.