How to clean mud stains out of carpet
If you have kids or pets you probably dread the rainy season because of how wet the ground is. And the worst thing about how wet the ground is that with the wet ground comes lots of mud. And with that mud comes stains on your carpet. It never fails either your kids or your pets are going to track mud into the house at least once during the rainy season, but most likely it will happen more than once. It doesn't seem too bad when the kids or your pets track mud into the house on your hardwood or tiled floors, but the carpet is another issue. Regardless of whether your carpet is old or new, light or dark, getting mud stains out of the carpet is not fun for anybody. But the good news is that there are some steps you can take to remove mud stains from your carpet without a lot of trouble.
Difficulty rating: Easy to moderate
The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that the mud stain is completely dry. This will make removing the stain easier than trying to remove the stain while the mud is still wet.
Once the stain has dried you can brush off the dried mud by hand or you can get a dry brush and brush the carpet. What this is going to do is to loosen up the dried dirt so that you can vacuum it up.
Once you have loosened up the dried dirt you will need to get out the vacuum and go over the spot a few times to ensure that you get as much dirt out of the stain as you can.
Now that you have gotten rid of all of the loose dirt you are going to need to start cleaning the stain. You can use a spot cleaner or a regular steam cleaner or you can clean the stain by hand. You will probably have better luck cleaning the stain by hand, but that doesn't mean you can't use a spot cleaner.
If using a spot cleaner or steam cleaner you are going to need to pre-treat the stain first. To pre-treat the stain you will need to squirt some stain treatment onto the spot and allow it to sit for a few minutes (exact time is on the back of the bottle). Once the treatment has had time to soak you can fill the steam cleaner or spot cleaner with solution and proceed as instructed from the cleaner's directions.
If cleaning the stain by hand you are going to want to gather up some basic supplies. Some supplies that you are going to need are: white rags or towels, mild liquid detergent, white vinegar, and water.
The first thing that you are going to do is to apply some of the mild liquid detergent onto the mud stain, make sure that you only use a little bit of detergent because a little bit goes a long way.
After you have applied liquid detergent to the entire area you are going to want to blot the stain with the white towel or rag until the area is dry. When blotting make sure that you are using a clean and dry section of the towel or rag so that you are picking up the mud and solution from the carpet, if you use a dirty section you can't tell if you have removed any dirt.
If the stain hasn't entirely disappeared with the liquid detergent you can soak the area with white vinegar. Once you have soaked the area with white vinegar you will again need to blot the area dry with a clean white towel or rag.
After you have gotten the mud stain out of the carpet you are going to need to rinse the area thoroughly with water, this is so that you get all of the cleaning chemicals and odors out of the carpet. Once you have rinsed the area well with water you are going to want to blot the area dry with a clean white towel or rag.