Fall is upon us and the weather will soon be changing. Gone will be the sunshine and in its place will be dark clouds and rain. Unfortunately, kids and pets always find a way to step in the mud when they are outside, and then, when they come indoors, they can drag the mud in with them. This can make your carpet look dingy and dirty and worse, can leave stains behind. Learning how to clean these stains will help make it look clean and newer again. Here are a couple of ways to get mud stains out of your carpet.

With Dish Soap

When you first notice mud on your carpet, a dish soap mixture is one of the first things that you should use to remove the stain. Follow these directions to remove mud from your carpet with dish soap:

  1. After the mud has dried, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up as much of the dirt and mud as possible.
  2. This helps ensure that when you dampen the area, you don't turn excess dirt into a larger mud stain.
  3. In a small bowl mix two cups of water with one tablespoon of a liquid dish soap. If your carpet is dark in color, use cool water so as to not lift the dye in the carpet. If the carpet is light in color, warm water should be used.
  4. Dip a light colored clean cloth into the soapy water. Do not use a dark colored cloth as the dye can transfer to your carpet. Blot the mud stain to get it to lift. Do not scrub the mud stain as you can do damage to the fibers of the carpet.
  5. Rinse the cloth as needed to remove dirt and excess soap. Continue dipping the cloth into the bowl, blotting the stain and rinsing it until the stain lifts.
  6. Once the stain has lifted, rinse the cloth well or use a new water-dampened one to blot at the area to remove soap residue.
  7. Allow the carpet to air dry.

With Ammonia

If mud stains do not lift with regular dish soap and water, you can use ammonia and water to lift tough stains. Follow these directions to remove tough mud stains with ammonia:

  1. Let the mud dry and use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any excess dirt. 
  2. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.
  3. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and dab at the mud stain. Continue dabbing until the stain lifts.
  4. Rinse the cloth or use a new one to dab at the affected area to lift any excess ammonia. Allow the spot to air dry.

When the weather changes, you may find yourself with mud stains on your carpet. If you have one or two stains, try to lift them with dish soap and water or ammonia with water. If you have multiple stains or can't lift them yourself, a professional carpet cleaning company can help you remove the stains and get your carpet looking great again. For more information, contact local professionals like Conscientious Carpet Care.