How to Clean Poop From Upholstery

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Pet excrement stains upholstery if not cleaned up quickly.

Accidents happen, whether from a pet or a child. It isn't as simple as throwing the item is the wash when the accident happens on upholstered furniture. Upholstery fabric typically requires gentle detergents to prevent damage or discoloration. Cleaning the feces off the fabric as soon after the accident occurs prevents staining and lingering odors. Older stains may pose more difficulty and require more time to remove completely from the upholstery.


Step 1

Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Pick up and remove as much of the solid waste as possible with a paper towel. Avoid rubbing it into the upholstery.

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Step 2

Blot up as much liquid, if applicable, with a clean paper towel. Replace the paper towel with a dry one as it becomes moist until most of the liquid is absorbed.


Step 3

Combine 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap with 2 cups cold water. Dampen a white towel in the soap solution.

Step 4

Moisten the feces stain with the soap solution. Blot the soap onto the stain without rubbing or scrubbing until the area is thoroughly moistened.

Step 5

Blot the stain with a dry white cloth until the soap solution is absorbed into the cloth. Remoisten the spot and blot a second time, if necessary.

Step 6

Moisten the stain with clear cold water. Blot the water from the stain with dry cloth, removing any remaining soap residue.

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