How to Disinfect Parvo From the Walls & Carpets

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Puppies are typically more susceptible to parvovirus because they have not yet been fully vaccinated.
Puppies are typically more susceptible to parvovirus because they have not yet been fully vaccinated. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Parvovirus, or parvo, is a viral disease that can kill dogs. After an infected dog has entered your home, you must disinfect your house, dog feeding bowls, toys, blankets and any outdoor areas the dogs was in, prior to allowing a new dog into the area. The parvo virus can live for up to six months, so if you do not have another dog and will not be having any dogs in your home for six months, deep disinfecting is not required and you can just allow the virus to die on its own.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Sponge, cloth or cleaning brush
  • Carpet steam cleaner
  • Carpet cleaning soap
  • Parvovirus disinfectant

Disinfect Walls

Fill a bucket with warm water. Dip a cloth or sponge into the water and wipe down the walls to remove excess dirt and dust. Dump out the dirty water.

Combine one gallon of warm water with 1 cup of bleach in the bucket.

Dip a sponge or soft-bristled cleaning brush into the water, while wearing protective gloves.

Scrub the walls. The bleach will kill the parvo virus. Dump the water out. Rinse the bucket and sponge or cleaning brush. Allow the bleach to sit on the walls for five minutes.

Fill the bucket with cool water. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe down the walls and rinse the bleach from the wall.

Allow the walls to air dry.

Disinfect Carpet

Steam clean the carpets. This can be done by a professional or at home with a carpet steam cleaner. Use your preferred carpet cleaning soap and the hottest heat setting the machine can achieve.

Mix a parvovirus disinfectant, or animal disinfectant with specifically states it kills parvovirus, with warm water. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for dilution, as the process widely varies from product to product.

Spray the carpet with the disinfectant mixture. Spray an even, generous layer over the entire surface of the carpet. Allow it to work into the carpet for 10-15 minutes.

Steam clean the carpets again. This time, instead of using soap with the steamer, use the disinfectant. Follow the manufacturer's dilution instructions.

Steam clean the carpets using only hot water if the disinfectant instructions require you to rinse the disinfectant from the surface or carpet. Allow the carpets to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disinfect the home before allowing another dog in, even if the dog has received the parvovirus vaccination.

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