A few weeks ago, we talked about removing dirt and mud from rugs. Given that dirt and mud first come into the house on either shoes or clothes, I thought it would be appropriate to share how to remove it from clothes as well. Here’s how to go about it:
- Hang up the garment and allow the mud to dry.
- Gently scrape off the dried mud and shake to remove as much as possible.
- Spray the area with a laundry pre-treating product or cover the area in a liquid laundry detergent. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
- Fill a bucket or sink with water and place the garment in the water to soak.
- After letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, try flexing the material around the stain to loosen the ground in dirt. Alternate flexing and soaking until the stain is removed or you no longer see progress.
- If necessary, pre-treat the area again and launder according to the care label’s directions.
- Once it has run through the washing machine, check the area to make sure the stain has been removed before placing it in the dryer. If it hasn’t, try repeating the process.
- As with any stain removing attempts, you need to know when to stop. There comes a point where you could damage the fibers or pull the color.