We are heading into the heart of another Melbourne winter and we all know what that means. It means days where the wind chill fuses your joints together, where the rain seems to stop only long enough for you to put your umbrella away and where you put away your breadcrumbs, because your muddy footprints will tell you exactly where you’ve been.
As helpful as they are to point you to your front door, nobody wants a see a trail blazed by work boots. So here are some helpful tips to help you get mud out of your carpet.
1. Although it might sound counterintuitive, let it dry. This makes the mud a lot easier to remove. And, as with all stains, you want to avoid pushing the stain deeper into the carpet.
2. After you’ve let the mud dry, it’s time to break out the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum slowly, lightly and for longer than you otherwise would. This makes sure you’re not grinding the stain into the carpet and spreading it around.
3. After you have vacuumed for what should feel like more than an appropriate time, mix a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon detergent to one cup warm water (make sure to spot test and always check the label).
4. Using a cloth, blot the detergent solution on the stained area. Consider using a white cloth so you can see the stain being exorcised from the carpet.
5. Repeat. Switch out the cloth when required.
6. To dry the area, lightly blot the carpet with a clean dry cloth.
7. If the stain proves too much, call a carpet cleaning professional*. Steamy’s uses high powered cleaning tools that can remove stains that home remedies can’t tackle.