What is it about mud that attracts kids to it? They seem to love to play in it without worrying about the consequences because, of course, they aren’t the ones who have to deal with those pesky mud stains! On the other hand, if you don’t have kids but have pets, their muddy paws are bound to get on the carpet and your clothes (when they jump on you in excitement).
Whatever the case may be, mud stains are not pleasant to look at and rather difficult to get out if you treat them like any other stain. However, with these tried and true methods, your muddy problems will be long gone! Read on!
Mud Stains on Clothes
Whether you tripped and fell in the mud or your kids have been playing around in muddy fields, the stains they leave on clothing items have got to go! Here’s what you’ll need to do that:
- Butter Knife/Plastic Spoon
- Liquid Laundry Detergent
- Stain Remover
- Baking Soda
Once you’ve gathered up the things you’ll need, follow the step-by-step guide below.
Leave the clothing item out in the sun to dry completely or hang it up inside the house for a couple of hours. Touch the mud stains with your fingers to check whether they are completely dry before you move on to the next step.
Caroline, Cleaner at Simply Maid says ”Never attempt to clean up wet mud stains or deliberately dampen the material and rub it as this will smear the mud around, adding to the problem.”
Using a butter knife, gently scrape off the dried mud, keeping the material taut between your fingers or with the help of a heavy book. If you feel like the fabric is getting damage even when using minimal pressure, substitute the butter knife for a plastic spoon. Scrape off as much mud as you can and shake the clothing item to dust it off.
Pour liquid detergent over the stain and gently rub the area between your fingers. Leave it for a few minutes before rubbing it again. Repeat this process at least three times to lighten the stain.
Allow the stain to dry before applying a stain remover of your choice. Check reviews to find a reliable stain removal product if you don’t have one in mind. Leave the clothing item for 5-10 minutes after applying the product and move on to the last step.
Machine wash the clothing item using liquid laundry detergent and warm water. Add half a cup of baking soda to the cycle and you’re good to go! The reason why many people addbaking soda to a load laundry is because fabrics, particularly whites, come out brighter than usual. Once the cycle is done, hang the item out to dry; avoid tumble drying.
If at all some parts of the stain do not come off, repeat the process allowing the liquid detergent and stain remover to have a few extra minutes of standing time.
Mud Stains on Your Carpet
The stain removal process for cleaning up mud on your carpet is quite similar to the method above. In fact, you need to repeat steps one and two (drying the stain and VERY gently scraping with a butter knife or plastic spoon); this time, however, vacuum up the loosened dirt instead of shaking or dusting it off. Then move on to the following steps:
- Depending on how big the stain is, make a solution of 1-2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap in 1-2 cups of warm water.
- Soak a clean, white cloth in the solution and squeeze out some of the excess water. Use this to bloat the stain using enough pressure for the cleaning solution to penetrate the fabric. Do not rub at all.
- When you see the stain starting to come off onto the cloth, switch to a cleaner side and continue the bloating process.
- If the stain doesn’t come off entirely using this method, make a slightly stronger cleaning solution and use a (soft-bristled) carpet brush to gently scrub the stain away. Use circular motions and minimal pressure when using this method.
- Bloat the area with a clean, white towel or use paper towels to soak up moisture.
For many, cleaning mud stains has always been a tricky affair, but once you know the right way to go about it, you’ll be doing it like a pro! Be sure to follow each step carefully and your muddy problems will be solved!