How to remove poop stains from clothes, furniture, etc.

In life, as they say, it happens. It could be your baby who has a big diaper bloat, your pet who decides to make your rug their own personal poop area (or, uh, that time you misjudged a fart and it ended up being something thing entirely different). At some point, you’ll probably have to clean up someone’s poo, and that’s when it’s important to know how to get poo stains out of clothes, furniture, and the like. So get ready to grab some gloves to protect your hands (and a mask to help with your gag reflex) because we’re going to learn how to do a deep clean and figure out how to get rid of feces once and for all.

How do you remove pet and baby droppings stains from carpets?

Listen, your toddler isn’t the only one who can cause a poop situation on your carpet. Your four-legged pet may also be excited when the doorbell rings (or, you know, destructive when you come home too late from work), and a pile of poop may be waiting for you when you walk through the front door. If your rug is a toadstoolthere are ways to get rid of the sight (and smell) of it all, says Wayne Edelman, CEO of Meurice Garment Care, a high-end dry cleaning service in New York City. Don’t expect it to be a quick cleanup, though.

“Removing poop stains from rugs and carpets is a multi-step process,” says Edelman. “We have to remove the solids or thicker material first, then what’s left. Scoop, scrape, mop and do whatever you can to remove the bulk of the material, but be as careful as possible not to damage the material itself. Next, prepare a solution in a small bowl of two to three drops of baby shampoo and cool water. Apply the solution and, depending on the level of residual feces, brush lightly, then use a wet-dry vacuum to remove the solution. You will have to keep repeating the process until there are no more residues. Then rinse with cold water and vacuum. After removing all the moisture by vacuuming, brush the pile in one direction to match the existing area. Stain removal is no joke when it comes to carpets.

Here’s how to remove poo stains from baby clothes

No matter how hard you try to anticipate your little baby’s next bowel movement, chances are he’ll surprise you with a toot that turns into so much more. You can save your baby’s clothes, despite a big saddle that got into your child’s clothes, but again, you’ll need to act fast. “Time is your greatest enemy” Jessica Samson, a cleaning expert at The Maids tells Romper. “Before pre-treating baby’s clothes, be sure to remove as much material and stain as possible; you can use a scrub brush to help scrub the stain before soaking. (Just be sure not to rub too hard, or you risk damaging the fabric.)

Since poop is a protein-based stain, the best way to clean it is with an enzyme-based cleaner (like Oxi Clean), advises Samson. “The enzymes digest the proteins in the stain and break it down,” she says. “After soaking the clothes, rub the cleanser in and let it sit for a few minutes.” Then wash on the hottest setting possible for the fabric of the baby clothes.

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Here’s how to remove poo stains from underwear

You’re about to do some laundry when, while sorting through the whites, you spot a color on your kid’s underwear that’s a little questionable. Is it melted chocolate or is it what you really know in your heart? As soon as you spot the stain, start working on it, advises Leslie Kilgour, a cleaning and organization expert in New York City. “Always rinse clothes as soon as possible — the sooner you rinse the stain out, the more likely it is to disappear,” she says. “We suggest soaking clothes in a cold bath as soon as the stain appears. We like to use Folex spray, which works wonders on all stains (car seats included!)”

And finally, here’s how to remove poop stains from other fabrics.

How you extract the poop from the fabric largely depends on the fabric itself. “Silk is tricky because you want to avoid using enzyme-based cleaners,” recommends Samson. “The cleaning process for these fabrics is very similar to cleaning cotton, except you want to use an approved silk cleaner and stain remover to help remove the stain.”

Edelman agrees, adding, “Anything that isn’t washable should be sent to a cleaner. You can try the carpet method on the upholstery, but test in an inconspicuous area first.

Why can poop be harder to remove from fabrics than other stains?

If it sounds like cleaning a poop stain is more problematic than, say, peeing, you’re probably right. “Poop stains can be more stubborn than other stains for a number of reasons. First of all, the smell is terrible and overall it’s just an unpleasant experience,” says Samson. “Second, the contents of the stain may be difficult to remove depending on the fabric the stain is on.” And because of the smear ability factor of the stain, well, it can make a little mess even bigger – and frankly, grosser.

Knowing how to get poo stains out of baby clothes and other fabrics isn’t the most exciting part of parenthood, but it’s definitely something you’ll do…a lot. Understanding how to quickly prevent a stain from causing permanent damage to carpets and clothing can help make a poop situation a little easier, even if it still stinks.

Sources interviewed:

Wayne EdelmanCEO of Meurice Garment Care

Jessica Samsoncleaning expert at The Maids

Leslie Kilgoura cleaning and organization expert in New York