And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23
Messy mud! Yuck!
After the snow melts (or after lots of rain) you can expect to battle Mr. Mud…….and all his little tracks that he leaves behind. IT’S SCARY!!!
I have yet to find anything useful about mud in my house…except that maybe I get some extra exercise and an opportunity to burn off a few extra calories while cleaning it up. hee hee!
So what’s the best way to clean mud from your carpet?
I would think to wave a magic wand over the mess would be a PERFECT solution in my view, but unfortunately I lost my magic wand way back when I was a just a wee little girl.
Here’s a few tips that require a little more effort than a magic wand, but hopefully it will help you!
1. Let It Dry
It’s very tempting to jump right in and clean the mud immediately, but it may make things easier in the end if you allow the mud to dry. One thing you can do right away while the mud is wet is scoop up any clumps with an old spoon and paper towels. Then, allow the mud to dry.
2. Vacuum It
Once the mud has become dry dirt, vacuum the area thoroughly, going over the spots multiple times. Use a full-sized vacuum, not a hand-held one, because you’ll need plenty of power to get the dirt up. If you need to, use a dry scrub brush to loosen the dried mud before and while you vacuum.
3. Stain Removal Time – Get out your Rubbing Alcohol
If, after the scooping, drying, and vacuuming, there is still a stain, then you need to take more action. If you have a carpet that is not acetate or rayon, you can use a cloth to rub in some rubbing alcohol. Then cover the stain with several layers of paper towels dampened with rubbing alcohol. The paper towels will begin to absorb the stain.
As you see this discoloration happening, replace the paper towels with fresh, alcohol-dampened ones. Make sure you keep the stain and the paper towels damp with the alcohol.
4. Double the Duty with Detergent
Another method to attacking the stain after vacuuming is to use dish detergent. Mix 2 teaspoons of liquid dish detergent with 2 cups of hot water in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer. Then whip the mixture at high speed until you get a thick, rich foam.
Using a sponge, apply this thick foam to the stain and rub it in well. Then rinse the sponge and go over the area with warm water. Finally, use clean rags or paper towels to blot the carpet. The stain should be soaked up into the rags as you blot.
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