How to Remove Flea Dirt Stains

Flea dirt is the fecal matter of a flea. Because fleas eat blood, their flea dirt is orangish-red in color. Flea dirt can be anywhere where fleas have or do live, such as on animals or in carpet. If flea dirt becomes wet, it can leave behind a small spot or stain. After ridding your home and animals of fleas, vacuum carpets, sweep hardwood or tile floors and wash pets to remove flea dirt. If a stain has already formed, however, you will need to spot clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Animal shampoo
  • Liquid soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Cotton ball
  • Hydrogen peroxide

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Dampen your dog's or cat's fur. You may wish to place the animal in a cleaning tub or in a bathtub connected to a removable showerhead.

Use a dog or cat shampoo. If the fleas are still present, using a flea killing shampoo will help to kill the fleas, eggs and remove the flea dirt. Massage the shampoo into all of the animal's fur.

Rinse the soap from the animal's fur. Dry the animal with a towel.


Vacuum carpets or sweep hardwood or tile floors.

Fill a sink with water and a squirt of a mild soap, such as liquid dish soap. Dip a soft cloth in the soapy water. Dab the cloth into the flea dirt to remove the stain.

Dampen a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide. Dab the hydrogen peroxide into any remaining stains.

Dampen a soft cloth. Wring the cloth. Dab the spot to remove soap and hydrogen peroxide residue. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.


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