Mud, Mud, Go Away!

Removing Mud from Carpet

Okay, so that saying typically starts with rain, rain go away. Well truth be told, we can use the rain here in Michigan and it looks like we are finally getting some.  With the rain comes other things as well like; mosquitoes, thunder, lightning etc. However, those are things we don’t have much control over and can’t really do a lot about.  The other thing that can come with rain is mud. Quite often after or during a rain you’ll find that a child or pet that has been outside will inevitably track mud into the house and onto your carpet!  So, removing mud from carpet becomes your unpleasant task.

Recently, we had a carpet cleaning near me in Rochester Hills and the customer was asking; “What is the best way to clean up mud tracked into the house?”

The first thing to address is if they are still wet muddy footprints. If so, the best thing to do is forget about wiping it up and treating it like a stain. Let it dry!  If it is really, really wet, you can dab it with a clean dry cloth. Just be careful not to spread it around and do not rub it. Rubbing it will only push the dirt further into the carpet fibers.

Vacuuming it is next but before you do that you might need to break up the clumps in the muddy footprints. You can use a kitchen spoon or butter knife, just be gentle as not to damage the carpet. After that, continuously run the vacuum slowly over the spots. You may want to start at a higher depth setting then decrease it as you continue to vacuum.

Removing more dirt and stains from muddy carpet

Once it appears to be all up you may use a light concentration of dish washing detergent and lukewarm water with a clean white cloth to clean further.  Again, just dabbing the affected carpet area is best. By using a white cloth, you will see easily see the dirt you are removing. Finally, you should use a clean dry cloth to dry the area completely and it wouldn’t hurt to run your vacuum over as well.
Pet tracking mud in
Now there may be some reasons that you can’t or don’t want to remove the stains yourself. Here are a few likely possibilities:

  • There’s just too much mud tracked in. Pets are great for this; they get in and run all over. They don’t listen and roll over to dry off. Of course some of our kids do this as well and neither gets the whole dabbing not rubbing concept.
  • Your vacuum is too weak, which is one time that not sucking isn’t a good thing.
  • Rubbing not dabbing; yep it was all you and blaming Spot isn’t going to change it.
  • It’s more like flooding than mudding… you know what I’m saying.
  • You really just don’t want to do it.

Whatever the reason may be, you may choose to have your carpet professionally cleaned by stain removing experts like us. We have powerful cleaners and vacuums that can get the muddy footprints and deep clean the carpet fibers to remove the rest. Please contact the Everclean Carpet Cleaning professionals today!


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