How to Remove a Bowel Movement From the Carpet

Dog waste on carpet can make homes smell unpleasant.
Dog waste on carpet can make homes smell unpleasant. (Image: DTP/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

It’s only a matter of time before carpet inevitably becomes marred with unexpected stains. Unanticipated bowel movements from pets or humans can leave carpet stained with feces. Feces consist of undigested foods and old cells, which create protein stains on carpet. Bacteria in feces make homes unsanitary. If disregarded, bowel movement stains further permeate and bond to carpet fibers over time. Promptly remove bowel movement feces to restore the carpet’s appearance and decontaminate the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Paper bag
  • 1 tsp. liquid dish-washing detergent
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • Container
  • 2 cotton rags
  • Undiluted household ammonia
  • Clean sponge
  • Dry terry cloth towel

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Put on rubber gloves to prevent touching the feces. Using a paper towel, pick up pieces of feces and place them in a paper bag. Seal the paper bag and dispose of it.

Blot the carpet with fresh paper towels to remove any feces residue. Do not rub the carpet, as the stain will permeate further. Dispose of the paper towels.

Mix 1 tsp. of liquid dish-washing detergent and 1 tsp. of white vinegar with 1 qt. of cool water in a container. Moisten a cotton rag in the detergent and vinegar solution.

Blot the carpet with the moistened rag to remove the remaining feces stain. Frequently rinse out the rag with water to prevent reapplying feces to the carpet. Remove as much of the stain as possible.

Examine the carpet for remaining traces of feces. If the stain persists, dampen another cotton rag with undiluted household ammonia. Blot the affected carpet with the damp rag until the stain is completely removed.

Moisten a clean sponge with cool water. Press the sponge onto the carpet to rinse out the solution and ammonia.

Blot the carpet with a dry terry cloth towel to remove all moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Alternately, substitute a solution of 1 tbsp. carpet shampoo and 4 tbsp. cool water for the detergent and vinegar solution.
  • Test the solution and ammonia on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to prevent discoloration.
  • Don't use hot water. It cooks proteins in feces and bonds stains to carpet fibers.


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