Getting Diarrhea Stain Out Of Light Colored Carpet

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I received this question about getting a diarrhea stain out of carpet from a reader. Here's my answer.

Question From Shannon:

I have a problem. My husband's 87 year old grandmother visited and got a stomach virus. She got sick in my son's room.

I have tried: Nature's Miracle, Borax, and baking soda and cannot get the stain from diarrhea out of our light carpet. Do you have any suggestions?

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Taylor's Answer:

First of all, I hope your husband's grandmother is feeling better.

Now, let's see if we can get that diarrhea stain out of your carpet.

I have written some step by step instructions for diarrhea stain removal here, which may be of use. It's part of the A to Z Stain Removal Guide I've got here on the site, and discusses general tips for removing stains from clothes, carpet and upholstery.

Feces and diarrhea stain removal guide

Now, for some "TMI," also known as "too much information" about removing diarrhea stains.

The stain removal technique for getting out the stain depends, to a certain extent, on what was in the diarrhea. Yuck, I know.

So, I doubt you will be able to pinpoint with certainty what "made" the diarrhea, so instead we make some assumptions, and try a couple of different techniques, one at a time, for stain removal to get rid of the major types of "body stains."

Looking at your list of what you've tried, I don't see that you have
tried hydrogen peroxide or ammonia. Both of these would be at the top of my list of stain removers to try, and both would be applied with an eye dropper.

If you'd like a homemade carpet stain remover recipe, I've got one using just 3 ingredients! It features hydrogen peroxide, along with two other ingredients, that can remove lots of stains (including vomit, so I think it would also work well in this situation). Here's the carpet stain remover recipe link.

Homemade carpet stain remover recipe

Remember that before applying to the stained area apply a small amount in an inconspicuous area to make sure the stain removers will not harm your carpet.

(For example, if you have a wool carpet DO NOT use ammonia, because ammonia dissolves wool.)

You may also be seeing the residue of a protein stain, and an enzymatic detergent may help remove this stain, but it will really foam in your carpet and is likely to attract dirt if not thoroughly rinsed out, so keep that in mind.

You can check out carpet stain remover reviews here, if you'd like to try one. The ones designed for pets, and those which also deal with any lingering odors at the same time may be the most helpful in this situation.

I hope this helps!

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Baby wipes worked like a charm
by: Anonymous

When my son was a toddler and managed to smear some poo on the carpeted floor I grabbed a nearby baby wipe and started scrubbing. I figured it was made to get poo off babies, why not try it on carpet? Worked like a charm.

Removal of green laundry detergent stain on top of feces stains?
by: Anonymous

My ill relative mistakenly had a generous bowel movement on my light colored carpet. I attempted to clean it with laundry detergent and a pet bot mini spot cleaner. Upon drying the stain, smell and carpet appears to be discolored.

Is there something that can be done to fix this situation?

Cat diarrhea on the carpet
by: Kirby Boyd

I saw your tip on removing diarrhea stains from the carpet by hand, but what solution and instructions do I use if I want to use a steam cleaner?

professional cleaning left yellow stain
by: Liz

There is a bowel movement stain on my light tan carpet and after having it cleaned by a professional it did not come out and left a yellow stain. It is right in the middle of the hall and can be seen every time I walk to guest bathroom and my bedroom. Please, is there a way of getting it out after being there at least 2 months? Also, will your stain removal remove old urinal stains?

Remove human poo stains from carpet
by: Anonymous

Smooth glycerine over carpet stain (works for poo, pet vomit), then wash with a cloth dipped in half vinegar, half water.

now what?
by: Carolyn Wheeler

I unfortunately got diarrhea on the bathroom carpet and it sunk right in -- now what?

Yellow spots palm size
by: Anonymous

Could ironing make these spots appear?

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