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How to clean muddy footprints

and get mud out of carpet

Whether you and the kids have got your wellies out for a walk through crisp autumn leaves or puddle jumping during April showers, muddy footprints are bound to be a result of your adventures outside.

Muddy footprints on the carpet left by little ones (and grown ups) who ‘forget’ to wipe their shoes on the mat, or muddy paw prints all around the house from curious cats, there’s no escaping muddy messes no matter the season! Fortunately, the trick to knowing how to get mud out of carpet is simple.  


How to get mud out of carpet: the easy way

If you’ve ever made the mistake of scrubbing fresh mud stains with a wet cloth, you’ll know that there’s definitely a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to tackle muddy messes on your carpets. With most stains, we’re told to get to work right away, but the rules are a little different for things like a muddy paw print, or a muddy footprint. Washing fresh mud will simply cause the mess to spread, so what’s the answer?

Getting mud out of carpet all comes down to two things: patience, and a secret weapon – laundry detergent. So sit down and relax. Waiting a little while gives the mud time to dry which makes it much easier to remove from your carpets and reduces the risk of spreading. A laundry detergent like Persil small & mighty can also help to lift any discolouration from your carpets, giving them a quick refresh. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to getting those muddy stains off your carpets.  


Getting mud out of carpet: step-by-step

  1. Don’t panic! Have a cup of tea while you wait for the mud to dry out. Once it has dried, pick up any large pieces with your fingers, and use your vacuum cleaner to remove the smaller bits. 
  1. Add a small amount of Persil small & mighty Bio to the stain – in the same way that you would your clothes (just be sure to test on a small area first). Allow the detergent to sit on the stain for a few minutes to help ‘soften’ it.
  1. Use the Stain Eraser Ball to gently work the detergent deep into the fibres of the carpet. If you don’t have a Stain Eraser Ball, use a white cloth (coloured cloths can sometimes ‘bleed’ and cause more damage).
  1. Once the area is looking cleaner, use a small amount of fresh, clean water to gently rinse the area. This helps to loosen any leftover mud, and removes any soap suds from the detergent.
  1. Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly before vacuuming again to fluff up the fibres. If the mud has left a slight smell, sprinkle on a bit of baking soda before vacuuming once more.


Removing muddy paw prints from fabric

We’ve all been there, it’s a wet day and the dog or cat darts through the door before you’ve had a chance to wipe their paws. The result? Muddy paw prints on our clothes, sofas, and carpets.

To remove muddy paw prints from blankets or fabrics, simply follow the first three steps above for getting mud out of carpet and then pop the item in the washing machine with some Persil small & mighty.

Remember to follow the dosing instructions on the detergent’s label and to check the item’s care label to select the appropriate temperature to wash at. For more tips on mud stain removal, check out our article on how to remove mud stains from white and coloured clothes.

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