Many people choose to lay carpeting in their home. It makes an otherwise cold and hard floor soft, warm and fuzzy. Carpets not only look nice in your home, but they feel good under your feet. Carpets are fairly easy to clean and maintain. Vacuuming a few times a week, unless you have kids and pets then it becomes vacuuming at least once a day if not more is all that is really needed to keep your carpet looking nice. A once or twice per shampoo really helps to keep carpets looking clean.
Unfortunately, occasionally someone may end up tracking mud across your carpeting on the bottoms of their shoes. Your dog or cat may even track mud through the house on their paws. Left untreated, mud can cause carpet stains. This is especially a problem in areas where the dirt has a high clay content. With clay based mud you can end up with reddish brown colored stains on your carpeting. Treating and removing stains promptly is the key to success.
Waiting for Dry Mud
Allow the wet mud to completely dry. Be patient no one wants a clump of mud or several clumps of mud sitting on their carpeting, but it really is the best way to go.
Use the hose from your vacuum cleaner to suck up the dry mud. Do not roll the vacuum back and forth over the mud because you can spread the dirt into other areas. You can also use a shop vacuum.
Brushing Carpet Mud
Loosen the remaining dry mud with a soft bristle, dry scrub brush. Do not wet the scrub brush; use a dry brush. Work the mud in a circular pattern to help loosen its grip on the rug fibers.
Vacuum the remaining mud with the vacuum hose. A wet dry vacuum works really well because it has more suction power than a household vacuum.
If you use a wet dry vacuum on an area rug or unattached carpet have someone stand on either side of the mud stained area to avoid sucking the entire rug or carpet into the vacuum.
Cleaning Mud off Carpeting
In a bowl add 1 cup of cool water and 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is also known as rubbing alcohol. It can be found in any pharmacy.
Dip a clean sponge into the alcohol and water mixture and squeeze out the excess liquid directly over the mud stain. Don't use a sponge that comes pre-soaped.
Fold several layers of paper towels or clean rags and place it over the top of the wet area.
Step on the paper towels or rags to soak up the excess moisture. Replace the paper towels or rags as they become saturated and will not hold more liquid and place new paper towels or rags over the area. Continue to soak up excess water from the carpet.
Dip the sponge back into the alcohol and water and squeeze over the stain.
Place several layers of paper towels and step on them to pick up excess moisture. Continue with this pattern until the alcohol and water mixture has been used and the mud stain vanishes.
Lay a thick layer of rags or paper towels over the damp area and place a weight on top to help pull excess moisture out of the carpetung.
Preventing Mud Stains on Carpets
Avoid mud stains in the future by wiping your pets paws as soon as they come in the house when it is muddy outside.
Place a mat for guests and family members to wipe their feet on just outside your door.