This time of year is a bad time for keeping the carpeting clean in your home. With the snow comes mud and slush, and its nearly impossible to keep it all on the outside. Especially if you have kids that like to get out and play in the snow. In this post we are going to cover some carpet cleaning tips on what to do when you have muddy footprints on the carpet.
The following steps are from an article on cleanipedia.com:
” The first thing you need to do is forget everything you thought you knew about stain removal. We’re always told to tackle stains right away, before they have chance to soak into the fibres and become more difficult to remove. However, 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 upon the muddy area. Don’t rush this – move the hose around slowly so you can be sure you’re picking up as much dirt as possible.
Some bits of soil will probably still be stuck to the fibres 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.”
You can read the full article here: https://www.cleanipedia.com/gb/floor-carpets/guy-fawkes-night-clean-footprints
The most important step here is to be sure and let the mud completely dry before trying to clean it up. The worst thing you can do is try cleaning up mud with spot cleaners while the mud is still fresh, you are more likely to make it worse. In fact, most of the time once the mud has had a chance to dry, it will come out with just a dry vacuuming.
Hopefully you found the carpet cleaning tips in this article to be useful. If you have applied the steps and still need additional help, call a professional carpet cleaning service to take care of the problem.