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When cleaning up mud stains, you’ll want to make sure that the mud has dried first – if it is still wet, it may be more difficult to remove.
For muddy footprints, you actually want the mud to dry. If you try to clean wet mud, you’ll find that it spreads and dirties even more of your floor. By allowing it to dry, you prevent spreading the stain
Once the mud is completely dry (you can speed up the process by placing a portable fan in front of the area), you can start to remove the mud. The best way to do this is by using a vacuum cleaner, preferably with the hose attachment so you can really focus on the muddy area.
Some bits of soil will probably still be stuck to the fibers of your carpet after vacuuming, so you’ll need to scrape away the mud to loosen it. To do this, use an object such as a spoon and gently scrape the carpet, being careful not to cause any damage. Once you’ve loosened more soil, vacuum once more. Continue scraping and vacuuming until all of the dried mud has been removed.
Discoloration may occur, so use a mixture of warm water and laundry detergent – preferably one with a built-in stain remover. If using powdered detergent, mix the solution well to ensure all the grains have dissolved.
Dip a sponge into the soapy water, and gently dab the area until the stain has faded. Allow to dry naturally.
You can also use a specialist carpet cleaning product – just read the directions on the label and test any new product on a small, inconspicuous area first.
If your cat or dog has been digging in the damp garden all day, this means you’ll have yet another set of muddy footprints (or pawprints in this case) to deal with.
You can clean muddy pawprints in much the same way as you do for your family’s footprints – by leaving the mud to dry and vacuuming it up, adding cleaning products if some discoloration remains.
Mix up equal parts of white vinegar and water and add to a spray bottle.
Once the area has been cleaned, spray this solution onto the carpet, and allow to dry. The vinegar will help remove any traces of animal smell. Your carpet might smell strongly of vinegar at first, but this will fade to nothing once the solution has dried.
If the smell is still lingering, sprinkle baking soda generously over the area before you go to bed. In the morning, simply vacuum it up. Baking soda is very absorbent and should draw out any odors in your carpets leaving them clean and fresh.
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