There are lots of inevitabilities with a new baby. Goo-goos and ga-gas. Sleepless nights. And… the relief on their faces as they explode some of the brown stuff into their nappy. Ahhhh, you think. And then you realise, it’s happened. Your perfect little bundle of joy has unleashed a bundle of something unholy… all over the sofa or carpet. But you love them, brown nappy and all. It’s time to learn how to clean baby poop stains.
How to remove baby poop stains – poop-cleaning equipment
Whether the poop explosion has leaked out of the nappy, or they’ve caught you off guard while changing what you thought was a safe, wee-filled nappy, this won’t be the last time. And that’s quite possibly the biggest reason for learning how to clean baby poop stains – so you’ll be ready the next time.
Here’s a list of items to help you clean baby poop stains toot sweet:
- Kitchen towel
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Washing up liquid
- Rubber gloves
- Warm water
- White vinegar
- Cold water
- Spray bottle
- Nose peg – just joking! Unless you have a strong gag reflex…
- Sense of humour – this’ll be funny when you look back, so may as well laugh now too
Whenever you use a new cleaning solution, test it on an inconspicuous area first to check it doesn’t leave any marks. The last thing you want is to add another mess into proceedings. Now, onto cleaning – by the end of this you’ll be a baby poop stains removal guru.
How to remove baby poop stains from leather sofas
If you’re staring at a leather/faux leather sofa, congratulations! Good choice. It can be much easier to clean baby poop stains from a slick surface like this. Here’s what to do:
- Gloves on and pick off as much of the chunky stuff as you can with kitchen towel (trying really hard not to smear).
- Wipe away remaining poo with warm soapy water (again, trying really hard not to smear).
- Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on any remaining mess. Leave for a couple of hours and then wipe off with kitchen towel. The bicarb should have lifted any remaining stains.
- Wipe with more clean water and dry.
- This would be a good time to apply any leather care product you might usually use to clean your sofa.
The best way to remove baby poop stains from fabric sofas
And it’s not the end of the world if your kid’s pooed all over a fabric sofa. It’s happens to all parents. You just need to change your cleaning method to remove baby poop stains from your upholstered sofa:
- See step 1 in cleaning leather sofas.
- Blot at the leftover brown goo with kitchen towel. Get as much as you possibly can.
- Mix a squeeze of washing up liquid into some cold water.
- Take a sponge and dab the solution onto the stain to make it wet. Avoid rubbing, as you could end up working it in further.
- Blot the mixture with a sheet of kitchen towel and repeat the process as necessary.
- Finish the job off by using clean cold water to rinse the solution away, and soak up remaining moisture.
Tip: The last thing you want is to get poop all over yourself, even if it has come from your own little bundle of joy. As Plenty kitchen towel has the ideal combination of strength and absorbency it’ll easily soak up any cleaning solution and won’t break down, so it won’t leave you with poo on your hands. High fives to that (from non-poopy hands).
The best way to remove baby poop stains from carpets
They may have been rolling on the floor or launched a poo missile from above – however it got there, you’re going to have to clean it. Take these steps for effective baby poop stains removal from your carpet:
- Act quickly. Probably should’ve mentioned this earlier. Whilst the temptation is to step back and admire everything they do, your baby pooping on the sofa or floor is not one of these occasions – no matter how spectacular!
- As with your sofa, remove as much of the solid stuff as possible with kitchen towel.
- Combine a splash of vinegar, washing up liquid and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray onto the stain and blot. Repeat until the poo has gone.
- Rinse with clean water, blot and dry.
So that’s your go-to guide for removing baby poop stains. Love is stronger than a poo on the sofa – but they’ll grow out of it before you know it!