Tips For Removing Mud Stains From Carpeting
Few things have the power to ruin a day like walking into the house to find mud tracks on the floor. If the flooring is carpet, the mud is bound to set you off (unless you’re the culprit). After trying to figure out why the pet, the kids or the house mates like to annoy you, it’s time to get cleaning. Removing mud tracks from hard floors is just a matter of sweeping and mopping. On carpets, however, they are liable to leave stains. Getting stains out can be daunting, but with the proper technique, it can be done.
Let The Mud Dry
If there are large clumps of mud on the carpet, scoop them off. The remaining mud should now be left to dry. Trying to handle the wet mud will only serve to set or spread the stain.
There are a number of ways to accelerate the drying process, like applying baking soda. Baking soda is hydrophilic and will absorb moisture from the mud. Drying can also be accelerated by dabbing (not wiping) at the mud with a cloth or increasing the heat and ventilation in the room. Once it’s dry, it’s time to get started.
Removing Dried Particles
With a stiff brush, dislodge and remove any dried mud that has clung onto the carpet. Go over the stained area again with a vacuum cleaner that has a stiff roller brush. Again, brush the stained area to remove any mud left over after vacuuming. You will be pleasantly surprised to find few or no particles on the carpet.
After removing all mud flakes from the carpet, we can now proceed to stain removal.
Removing The Stain by Hand
We will need some white towels, mild dish-washing liquid, warm water and white vinegar; and for very tough stains, some denatured alcohol.
- Mix a teaspoon of dish – washing liquid into half a cup of water and stir until suds form. With the white cloths, blot (never wipe or rub) the liquid onto the stain. Repeat the blotting action with a clean part of the cloth until the stain is removed. Now blot the wet area with water to rinse the dish-washing liquid from the carpet.
- If the stain persists, mix a tablespoon of the dish – washing fluid with half a cup of white vinegar and beat the mixture until it froths. Dip a scrub brush into the mixture and use it to clean the stain. Cleaning is done by pressing the brush onto the stain and wiggling the brush in place to scrub out the stain. After the stain is removed, rinse the wet area with water to remove the cleaning solution.
- If the vinegar doesn’t work, it’s time to treat the mud like a rust stain. The mud on your carpet could have iron in it making the stain very stubborn. Denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol are used to remove rust. Before using the alcohol, pour some on a hidden part of the carpet and see if it gets damaged. If the carpet remains fine, then apply the alcohol on a clean towel and blot it onto the stain. Repeat blotting until the stain is gone. Rinse the alcohol out by sponging the wet area with water.
- After you’re done with the stain removal, dry the wet area with a towel or a vacuum cleaner.
Stain Removal by Steam Cleaning
If the stain still won’t budge or if you would prefer the professionals to do it, then steam cleaning is the solution for you. Steam cleaning remove stains and dirt hidden deep in the carpet and disentangles the fibers. Stains and dirt entrenched deep in the carpet slowly destroy the carpet, so removing them by steam cleaning increases its longevity. Steam cleaning makes your carpet look new and increases its lifespan. That is in addition to removal of stubborn mud stains.
Removing Mud Stains is Easy
Most mud stains are easily removed with soap and water. As long as we do it right, getting the stains off only takes a little bit of our time. The secret to mud stain removal is quick response proper technique. There’s really nothing to it.