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How to Clean Mouse Droppings from Carpet

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📅 March 14, 2022

⏱️2 min read

Ordinarily, mouse droppings are repulsive to clean because of their sticky and small nature. They are also unsanitary and gross. Nonetheless, you should always clean the mess immediately to reduce the risk of spreading contagious diseases like Hantavirus, Salmonella, or Listeria.

Most homeowners believe that vacuuming is the most efficient way to clean mouse droppings. Nonetheless, it is not.

Why? Vacuuming spreads tiny dust particles. Especially when there is a small leak in the tank. When the dust spreads, it increases the chances of contagious diseases.

Thus, you should always consider the safest way to clean mouse droppings from the carpet.

Here is a step-by-step procedure.

Recommended tools and utilities

  • Rubber gloves
  • Mask
  • Detergent solution
  • Disinfectant
  • Bleach
  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towel
  • Sealable plastic bags

Step 1: Safety

To protect yourself from the contagious diseases, the first step is to put on rubber gloves and a mask.

Step 2: Ventilation

Open all windows and doors in the room.

Leave the room aerate for at least 30 minutes and make sure no one enters the room. Especially kids. You can also use fans or dehumidifier to help in aerating of the room.

Step 3: Cleaning Process

Choose any method which will not damage your carpet fibers.

  • Disinfecting: Pour some disinfectant on the entire carpet.
  • Detergent Solution: Pour some dish washing or laundry solution on the carpet.
  • Bleaching: Mix in the ratio 1:10 bleach and warm water and pour the solution on your carpet.
  • Vinegar Application: Mix warm water and vinegar and pour on the carpet.

Step 4: Soaking

Allow the solution poured on carpet to soak for about 5-15 minutes. It helps eliminate any bacteria or viruses on the carpet.

Step 5: Collection

Use a paper towel to pick up the mouse droppings.

Step 6: Disposing

Insert the paper towels carrying the dropping in the plastic bag and seal it completely before disposing it in a trash can. Dispose the gloves as well.

Step 7: Personal Hygiene

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Step 8: Steaming

  1. Use an iron or a stem cleaner to steam clean the carpet
  2. Allow the carpet to air dry
  3. Close all ventilation


You need to be careful when cleaning mouse droppings from the carpet. Use the above step-by-step process to effectively get the job done.

Moreover, make sure to deal with mice infestation after cleaning the carpet.

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