If you have a family then you know the chances of your seven year old taking off his muddy shoes before he traipses mud all over your cream carpets are pretty slim. Not to worry though, because with these 6 easy steps you can get rid of that muddy mess in no time at all!
Step 1: Let It Dry
As soon as you see the absolute desecration of your carpets you’ll probably be tempted to scrub your carpets furiously after you’ve sent your scorned seven year old to bed without any dinner; don’t. It may be tempting to quickly grab a bucket of water and start cleaning, but just don’t – trust me. Water will only set the mud deeper into the carpet fibres and when that happens there’s no going back. Gather the clumps on mud which you can and leave the rest to dry.
Step 2: Bring Out the Vacuum Cleaner
Once the mud has dried it will start crumbling, so once you are sure that the area is dry, grab the vacuum cleaner and get to work. What was mud is now soil and that should be a quick and easy clean. More often than not the process can end here, however, if there are remaining spots and stains then proceed to step number 3.
Step 3: A Cleaning Solution
There are a couple of options which you can use when you get to this stage. They are as follows:
Use a liquid detergent. Apply the detergent to the area and massage it into the carpet. Let it sit for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse with clean water.
Stain removers are also an option. Use either a stick, gel or spray, let it soak for 5 minutes and then rinse with clean water.
A greener option is to try the old wives favourite: vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with one part water in a bottle with a spray nozzle. Spray the stained area and allow it to sit for a while. Wipe dry with a clean towel and repeat the process if necessary.
That’s it! Simple, fast and effective! Bear in mind that depending on the soil the stains may be more robust. However, if you are having problems removing the stain then contact a professional carpet cleaner to give your carpets a deep clean.