Dalia Rotrammel

Removing Dirt from Carpet

Whether you live in a house with kids who like to play outside, pets that bring in treasures they dig up or a diligent worker who brings work home from their feet, mud and dirt can be a nuisance on your daily life and your carpet. Here are some ways to make your life easier when removing dirt from carpet.

Removing Dirt from Carpet

Loose Dirt

If you have potted plants that tip over easily or you find that your kids and pets have somehow brought in loose soil and dirt from outside, you will need to remove the dirt without spreading it out or further into the carpet. Use a spoon to scoop off as much of the surface dirt as possible. You do not want to add any water or a carpet cleaner to loose dirt, or else it will make mud and create a harder mess to clean. Once you have removed as much of the soil off of the carpet surface, make sure that the rest of the soil is allowed drying before vacuuming it up. This is a great time to pull out a heavy duty spot vac with more suction to prevent too much rolling back and forth over the same spot.

In the case that the soil has left a little bit of stains from vacuuming over, make sure it’s dry before using a carpet cleaner to blot out the stain.

Mud and Set in Stains

The best thing to do with mud is to let it dry before doing anything else to it. Adding more water or cleaner to mud will make the mud spread deeper into the carpet and layers underneath. If the mud is watery enough to blot out, you can try that first. However, thick mud should be dried before removing. Once the mud is all dried up, slowly vacuum and try not to spread the dirt across the floor. You may need to go over the same spot multiple times in various directions to get the dirt out thoroughly.

Once all the dried mud is out of the carpet fibers, it is time to get out the stains. With a simple mixture of warm (not hot) water and about a tablespoon (or more) of laundry detergent you can blot out the carpet stains with a clean cloth or paper towels. Blot as much as you can then let it dry before determining whether more blotting is needed. Repeat the blotting and drying process as many times as needed until stains are removed. You can then revive your carpet fibers to make your floor look brand new.

If stains are relentless, you may need to use a heavy duty steam cleaner or call a professional to get the deep stains out by using specific carpet cleaning methods.

Bottom Line

Now that you know that removing dirt from carpet (as well as mud) is easier than you thought, seeing the trails left by your family won’t be as overwhelming. Just a few simple steps, a home made solution or heavy duty cleaner and your homes carpet is as clean as the day of installation.

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