Muddy feet

Muddy feet can be a nightmare for carpet cleaners! Picture: Bre LaRow (flickr)

Today is Black Friday and thousands of shoppers hungry for a bargain will be treading through shops trying to get the best deals on this day. In Britain, the scenes have been mirroring boxing day sales with people scrambling to get to make sure they are the first there. With so many people coming into the shops, it’s likely that you will pick up some of the stuff that they’re treading into the carpet, which could then make it’s way into your house.

Removing mud from your carpet can be a weekly activity (especially if you have kids!) and so it’s always good to have a great technique for removing the stains as quickly and effectively as possible. The first thing that you need to do is find out what type of fiber that you carpet is made out of and what special cleaning instructions (if any) that it comes with. This is because different materials affect the way in which you approach carpet cleaning.

Synthetic Carpet

1. Vacuum the carpet

Vacuuming the carpet is one of the best ways in which you can remove the top layer of dry soil from the mud stain. Through this you can remove a lot of the stain without having to start blotting which will save you time in the long run.

2. Just add detergent…

Dipping a white cloth into detergent solution and then applying it to the stain should mean that you are able to soak up quite a bit of the stain that is left. The trick with this part is to put the cloth on the stain for around 15 minutes and let it soak. After this, you will need to soak up any liquid left over before going onto the next step.

3. …Then lukewarm water

When you have soaked up any excess liquid that may be left over from the detergent solution. You will next need to dip another white cloth into lukewarm water and blot the stain. This should remove any chemicals that are left over from the clean and get any of the stain left over from the previous steps. Repeat this step until the stain is gone.

Natural-Fiber Carpet

2. Spraying the stain

When it comes to a natural-fiber carpet, you can vacuum first and then, instead of applying the detergent solution with a cloth, spray the detergent straight onto the carpet and follow that with using a dry white cloth to blot the stain.

3. Apply vinegar

After you have finished blotting the stain with detergent, you will then need to spray it with vinegar solution (1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of water). When you have covered the stain with the solution, you will then need to blot the stain in the same way that you did in the previous step.

4. Just add water

The next step, after you have managed to get as much of the stain out with the vinegar as possible, is to spray lukewarm water onto the stain and blot with a dry white cloth. You will need to repeat this last step until you have got rid of the stain. The advantage to using water in the last step is to make sure that the chemicals used previously are taken out of the carpet which will mean that the carpet will be able to return to as natural state as possible.