This year, we seem to have an unusually large amount of mud and dirt in our yard since Matt did a fair amount of weed killing and reseeding this spring. I’ve gotten really good at getting mud out of our rug. Here’s how I go about it:
- Let the mud dry. If you try cleaning it up while it’s wet, you’ll end up pushing the mud deeper into the fibers.
- Once it’s dry, vacuum the area to remove as much of the dried mud as possible. Vacuum slowly, multiple times, and in different directions.
- To remove any residual dirt, mix up a gentle soapy solution using cold water and a mild detergent like Woolite. Gently blot the soapy water onto the area using a clean, white cloth. Be sure not to scrub or rub too firmly. Using a white cloth is important because it allows you to see if the stain is lifting, and if you use a cloth with color or print, the dye could transfer to the rug.
- Continue blotting, changing around the towel to see the stain transfer.
- Once there the stain is no longer transferring to the cloth, rinse the area thoroughly with plain water and blot dry with a clean, white towel.
- If this method doesn’t remove the mud, then stop. Too many repeated attempts could cause permanent damage to the rug’s fiber.