How to Clean Chicken Poop From Carpet (Using Readily Available Supplies)
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You raise hell whenever your carpet gets the tiniest blemish that you can spot. I’m guilty of this for sure!
But what happens when the culprit is not someone but something cute and the source of your fresh eggs?
Chickens make great pets and their popularity as family friend is on the rise. They are cheap and, relatively, easy to keep – provided you have some outdoor space for them.
However, just like with any other cute fluffy creature, it is tempting to allow them inside the house for cuddly visits. But that’s where the cuteness stops! Like any other animal, chickens poop – a lot!
For whatever reason, one of your chickens wandered and ended up inside your home and decided to do its thing on your carpet, one this is for sure. It’s one big hassle for the homemaker!
If that happens, how to clean chicken poop from carpet is the next order of business.
In this article, I’ll discuss what you need to do to address this smelly situation.
What Takes Poop Stains Out of Carpet?
First, here are the materials you need to prepare:
- Dishwashing liquid detergent
- White detergent
- Clean white cloth or wet wipes
- Cloth or paper towels for drying
- Spray bottle
- Baking powder
Getting Chicken Poop Out of Carpet
Before thinking about how to get out of this nightmare, the first thing you should be worrying about is how to get chicken poop out of your carpet. Like, literally removing the debris first before addressing the traces it left – stain and odor.
The basic rule for any stain is to remove it as fast as you can. This will be the basis of the level of challenge you will go through in removing the smudge from the carpet.
Pick up as much of the poop as possible. Consider yourself lucky if the waste is solid that you can just fetch without any problem, leaving only a tiny splatter.
You can just pick it up with paper towel, or gloved hand or use a garden trowel.
The challenge starts when the feces is watery. Eww!
Expect this to be harder to address.
If this is the case, you can try using two pieces of cardboard to scoop as much waste as possible. Afterward, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Scrape It Off!
If you have wet wipes, you can use them to pinch a little more stain out of the carpet fibers. If none, you can just moist a paper towel or disposable cloth.
Step 2 – Mix It!
For the cleaning solution, mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid detergent, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of cold water.
Step 3 – Spray and Blot
Once you’re satisfied with the result of the test, pour or spray the solution onto the stain. Let it sit for a minute or two and blot the area using a clean disposable cloth until you see no traces of the poop is visible.
You can do it several times if needed.
Step 4 – Rinse It Well
Rinse the area by spraying it with cold water. Blot with a clean, dry cloth to remove excess water. Repeat the process until you are satisfied that all traces of the solution are gone.
Step 5 – Let It Dry
Let it dry naturally for up to 24 hours, depending on how big the affected area is. You can also use a dryer if you feel it will be worth the hassle.
Step 6 – Kitchen’s Miracle-Worker!
Once dry, sprinkle the area with baking soda for a minimum of 10 minutes. But you can let it sit for the whole day to fully absorb any remnants of odor and moisture.
Step 7 – The Finisher
With a carpet vacuum cleaner, remove all the baking soda to finish off the process.
- Wear protective gloves before starting. Remember that you are working on eliminating a poop, which very similar to cleaning mouse droppings.
- If it’s your first time cleaning your carpet, please do a colorfastness test.
- Ensure that the detergent you use does not contain bleach to avoid carpet discoloration.
- Refrain from rubbing the affected part as this can worsen the stain by spreading it. This might also discolor the affected part because the solution contains vinegar, remember?
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Baking Soda Remove Poop Stains?
Baking soda doesn’t remove poop stains per se. But it is definitely that very crucial piece in the puzzle to complete the process of removing it for good.
For one, it is the go-to natural solution when it comes to odor elimination. It also contains an essential ingredient that absorbs moisture, making it perfect as a finisher for your moisture problems.
How Do You Get Poop Out of Carpet Without Vinegar?
The problem with vinegar is that it is not suitable for all types of carpets. Since it is acid-based, it won’t work well with those made from wool, silk, and other natural fibers.
There are available commercial cleaners that can address animal poop cleanup. Just make sure to strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damages to your carpet.
Another option is to use the baking soda and 1:4 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide (2 ounces) plus cool water (8 ounces). Just sprinkle the baking soda onto the affected area, then spray the solution.
Using a soft-bristled brush, work on the stain until the marks are gone. Dry the area by blotting it using paper towels or any clean cloth.