Rug Mud Stains

Now that it’s officially Spring, and the snow is going to give way to rain, we can expect lots of mud. Whatever area of the country you live in, tracking mud into the house is a normal concern during the rainy months of April and May. Rain makes it hard for that mud to get passed onto shoes and then carpeting from there. This problem can be compounded if you have pets or children. Pets need to go outside, and it’s just not convenient to dry them with a towel when they come back in the house, and children often forget to clean off their shoes. Here’s a brief guide to removing mud from rugs and carpets, as prepared by the rug stain removal experts at Aladdin Oriental Rug Services.

Removing Mud From Carpets

  1. Let the mud dry. It will be much easier to remove when dry, and you don’t want to rub it deeper into the carpet by rubbing it when it’s wet. If the mud is extremely wet, blot it gently with a towel to prevent it from soaking into the carpet pad. It’s best just to allow the mud to dry.

  2. Now that the mud’s dry, slowly vacuum the muddy areas to remove dry dirt. This will remove more dirt than simply making quick movements with a vacuum – do it twice or three times longer than you normally do. Pass over the muddy area at least 20 times, vacuuming from all directions.

  3. When as much of the dirt as possible has been removed, mix a teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent with a cup of lukewarm water.

  4. Then, use a white cloth to blot this solution onto the carpet, and check the cloth to see if the stain is lifting off.

  5. Then keep blotting, switching the towel as needed until the stain seems removed.

  6. Then, gently blot with a clean towel to dry off the area.

  7. If the carpet or rug still has mud stains, contact a professional carpet cleaner, like those at Aladdin, who can assist you with your rug stain removal.

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