How To Lift Mud From Your Carpets With A Simple Dish Soap Mixture

Foor-to-floor carpeting gives your feet a cozy hug every step, but on the downside, they are much harder to clean than hardwood or tile. Professional cleaners can be expensive, and you should not use typical household solutions like bleach or laundry detergent on rugs. However, there is a DIY solution for habitual stains like mud.

While there are several common things you should never clean with dish soap, your carpet is not one of them. It comes in handy when you forget to take off your muddy boots or your dog prances around after playing in the dirt. You'll want to use dye-free dish soap to avoid any color transfer. This cost-effective solution does not leave any residue or odor and is safe for the fibers of your carpet. So cleaning the mud stain won't be a problem. The real issue is keeping Buddy's dirty paws from attacking the rug.

Blot out mud stains easily with dish soap

Before you can clean the muddy mess, you'll have to wait for it to dry. Unlike red wine spills that need to be tackled immediately, you want the mud to revert to dirt. So have a glass while you wait. After it's no longer wet, scrape off as much debris as possible and vacuum the flakes. Then you can go in with the dish soap mixture.

In a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of soap to 2 cups of warm water. Soak a sponge in the soapy mix and blot the mud stain. Then dab with a clean towel or cloth to gently lift the loosened dirt. Repeat the sponge and pat process until the brown gunk is no more. Be careful not to scrub the soiled area, as this will spread the mud and cause it to stain your rug. It is one of the mistakes everyone makes deep cleaning their carpet. To finish the cleaning, spray the area with cold water and dab with a clean towel. This rinse will clear out any lingering soap. Once it dries, your carpet will be as good as new.