Cleaning a muddy area rug is easier than you think. You need to take your time and follow some simple instructions. We know how hard it can be to find that perfect area rug that is both functional and beautiful—therefore, knowing what to do when it gets dirty is necessary to keep it looking beautiful. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you successfully remove muddy stains from your area rug or carpet.
How to Get Mud out of an Area Rug or Carpet
Do not try to clean the mud until it has dried completely. Rubbing or trying to clean the affected area immediately may cause the dirt to get deeper into the fibers of the area rug.
- After the mud has dried completely, use a stiff brush to brush off the surface.
- Once you are sure, you’ve brushed off all the dried mud possible, vacuum area to remove all debris, and any additional dried mud that may release. Many sources recommend making at least 16 passes across the muddy area with the vacuum.
- Once all the muddy debris is vacuumed up, it’s time to work on what’s left—Mix 1-teaspoon dishwashing detergent to 1-cup water (you may double if needed).
- Using a clean white cloth, gently blot the solution onto the rug. You should be able to see the stain lifting onto the white cloth.
- Blot the stain, using additional cloths as needed until the stain is removed.
- Finally, gently blot with a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the area.
If the area rug still has stains, consider having it cleaned by a trusted cleaner like Fashion Cleaners. Professional cleaners use special equipment made for cleaning area rugs.
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