Summer has a tendency to produce the most mud. With watering the lawn, trees, and shrubs, kids playing with water related games and activities, in addition to summer rainstorms, mud is inevitable. With the mud accessible, your beloved pets, and most likely the kids, will track in paw prints and footprints throughout your home where the upholstery, rugs, and carpets will be blemished. To help you remove these muddy paw prints from these surfaces, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to share how can easily treat these spots.
Wait Until Mud Stains Dry Before Cleaning
When dealing with mud, it is important to initially do nothing. Where most experts encourage tending to spills immediately after they occur, this is one of the few exceptions where it is better to wait and allow the mud to dry. Trying to cleanup mud will make the mess worse as mud spreads and goes deeper in the fibers. Dry soil on the other hand, can be easily dealt with your trusty vacuum. Running the vacuum or the hose over these spots slowly, methodically, and in from different directions can efficiently remove the soil from the carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Remember that some of the dirt may have escaped below the surface and just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there.
How Do You Remove Mud Stains from Rugs
1) Using the vacuuming technique explained earlier, extract the now dry dirt since you have allowed the muddy paw prints to thoroughly dry.
2) Should any remaining residues remain, you can treat them with a homemade solution of cool water (2 cups) and mild liquid dish soap (1Tbsp) mixed together well in a spray bottle for efficient application. Lightly mist the spots, being careful not to make the rug overly wet, and use a dry towel and heavy pressure to blot away the residues and excess moisture.
3) Follow up the treatment by moderately sprinkling some baking soda to the lightly damp areas. Allow the area to dry fully before using your vacuum like explained above, to remove the baking soda fragments.
How to Treat Muddy Footprints or Paw Prints on Carpet
1) Use patience and thoroughness to vacuum the dry particles of the muddy paw print as well as the technique explained prior.
2) Any lingering film can be treated effectively with 2 cups of both warm water and white vinegar with 1 tbsp mild liquid dish soap adequately blended in a spray bottle for efficient removal.
3) While being careful not to overly wet the carpet, apply your newly made solution to the spots. Use a cloth or towel to blot the muddy paw print remnants and moisture from the carpet. Repeat until is completely removed.
How to Get Mud Stains Out of Upholstery
1) To treat the dried muddy paw print, take advantage of the vacuum’s hose and if needed the upholstery attachments and go over the areas in like a manner explained previously.
2) Bring together a tablespoon of mild liquid dish soap and cold water (2 cups) in a bucket, bowl, or spray bottle. Treat a white cloth or sponge with the solution; it should just be damp. Blot with the treated cloth the blemished areas.
3) Be sure to use a dry towel in between applications if you need to repeat the blotting process to avoid letting the upholstery become over saturated. Is a dry towel to blot up excess moisture once the spot is lifted.
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Carpets, rugs, and upholstery should be cleaned one or two times a year to maintain healthy and vibrant appearances. When you need your floors and upholstery cleaned, call Tough Carpet Cleaning to ensure they are done efficiently.