Getting Dirt Stains out of Carpet
Sometimes, it seems there is nothing more frustrating in the world than carpet stains. Inevitably, after you have cleaned your carpets and done a thorough vacuum of the room, the dog will come running across the carpet in all of his muddy, happy glory. The dirt quickly embeds itself into the fibers of the carpet, and removing dirt stains from any carpet can seem almost impossible.
As frustrating as this may be, removing stains from carpet is possible and it’s not as hard as you might think. These tips will help you restore your carpet so that it looks brand new once again.
Tips for Getting Dirt Stains out of the Carpet
- Always wait for dirt/mud to dry first. If you start to brush wet mud or dirt on your carpet, you will risk making the stain worse and embedding it further into the carpet fibers. Wait until all mud or dirt is dry to ensure it will be flaky and be easier to remove from the carpet.
- Take the time to brush the carpet in order to loosen the dirt and mud particles. This is an essential step that helps to break up the initial stain. Many people do not realize that brushing or scraping the stain is such an important part of the process, but it can be the deal breaker in whether or not the stain is removed. Be sure to do this before you apply any type of carpet cleaner or detergent to the carpet.
- Blot the carpet area that is stained with a wet towel after the carpet has been brushed. When you take a wet towel and blot the carpet, you will easily pick up the pieces of mud and dirt that have peeled away from the carpet. Be sure to do a gentle blot rather than rubbing the carpet, as that could further embed the dirt into the carpet.
- Put any detergent or carpet cleaning products on the carpet — it’s best to only use these products if they are absolutely necessary. Many stains simply come out by brushing them and blotting with a damp towel. However, if you are using these products, don’t forget to start on the outside of the stain first. Then you can work toward the middle of the stain. This helps to prevent the stain from spreading to other parts of the carpet. Once the product has worked its magic, use a damp towel to eliminate any remaining chemicals. This keeps your carpet protected and also helps you protect the rest of your family. (Don’t forget to test any product in a small, unnoticeable area prior to using for the first time)
- Vacuum immediately after this process is complete. By vacuuming up the carpet you will pick up any remaining stain particles. Many people think that the process is complete after they have used detergent or cleaning chemicals, but vacuuming is an important step as it seals the deal for removing the stain.
By following these simple steps, you will find that removing dirt stains from carpet is not as hard as you might have thought. The best part about carpet is that it can be cleaned, and with proper maintenance it can always look as if it was installed the previous week. Just remember to catch stains early and go through the proper steps — you’ll be shocked how easy removing stains from carpet can be.