Mud is commonly found in most of homeowners’ yards. Especially in the summer time when the water is plentiful from routinely watering the vegetation, summer rainstorms, and the kids engaged in the water activities, mud is easily created and frequently a part of the equation. Having pets with muddy yards increases the risk of discovering muddy paw prints, or footprints, trekked across rugs, carpets, and even on the upholstery. In an effort to help homeowners treat the muddy prints on these surfaces, we at Go Green Carpet Cleaning would like to share a recommended method to do so.

Let Mud Stains Dry Before Trying to Remove

The first and most important step is to do nothing when treating mud on any rug, carpet, or upholstery. Leave the mud to dry and fight the impulse to treat the mud. Professionals encourage people to promptly clean up the spills and this circumstance is of the few exceptions to that guideline. The muddy prints need to dry thoroughly. The reason being is that mud will just get spread out and pushed down into the fibers whereas the dry soil is easily vacuumed.

How to Clean Fabric Sofa Mud Stains

1) As mentioned, let the muddy paw print dry completely; once dried, vacuum as much of the dry soil as possible using the vacuum’s hose and upholstery attachments.
2) In a spray bottle, bowl, or bucket mix well 2cups cold water with 1 tbsp liquid dish soap. Use the solution to dampen a white cloth or sponge and use blotting techniques to clean up any remaining film.
3) It is important you do not make the upholstery too wet. Only use a damp cloth and if repeated application is needed, use a dry towel in between to blot with the pressure to absorb the excess moisture until the residue is clean.

How to Get Dirt & Mud Stains Out of Rugs

1) Before vacuuming the the dry particulates, ensure the muddy print is fully dried. For more efficiency, keep in mind just because you don’t see dirt, doesn’t mean it is not there, vacuum the area in multiple directions and slow, steady pace.
2) For easy use, bring the following ingredients in a squirt bottle: 2 cups cool water, 2 cups white vinegar, and 1 tbsp mild liquid dish soap. Administer the remedy to any residues that won’t vacuum cleaning. After lightly dampening the area, use a dry cloth or towel to remove excess moisture and the residues with it.
3) Onto the damp surface, generously sprinkle baking soda and allow it to set for a few hours for it to completely dry; vacuum the baking soda fully.

How to Remove Muddy Footprints & Paw Prints from Carpets

1) Let the muddy paw/footprints completely dry and vacuum the dried soil slowly and in different directions. The dirt may not all be visible, so it is important to be thorough.
2) Any lingering remnants can be dissolved with 1 tsp mild liquid dish soap, 2 cups warm water, and 2 cups white vinegar well mixed in a spray bottle.
3) Apply the DIY cleaner to the affected area by spraying the surface lightly; you want the surface to be slightly damp, not wet. Use a dry towel or cloth to blot with pressure the moisture and lingering residues from the carpet.

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To maintain healthy carpets, upholstery, and rugs, they should be vacuumed regularly and professionally cleaned one or two times a year; or more frequently as required. For a comprehensive deep clean, choose Go Green Carpet Cleaning!