How to Remove Flea Dirt Stains

Things You'll Need

  • Animal shampoo

  • Liquid soap

  • Soft cloth

  • Cotton ball

  • Hydrogen peroxide

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.


Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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


Step 1

Vacuum carpets or sweep hardwood or tile floors.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.