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Fall Cleaning Tip: How to Get Mud Out of the Carpet
Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall is the season of yellow and red leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, rainy days, and you guessed it, mud! Wet dirt is exceptionally good at leaving a mark on your furnishings, and if you have pets or kids, you can count on mud showing up somewhere indoors where it isn't wanted this season. But not to fear! JD Hill Carpet Cleaners have you covered – here's our step-by-step guide to getting mud out of the carpet…and elsewhere.

1. Let it Dry

There's nothing harder to get out of a carpet than wet mud – the more you scrub it, the more the stain spreads and grows. So even though it's an awful site to see muddy footprints, distract yourself for 20 minutes and let the mud dry completely. If you're feeling impatient, pour baking soda or salt onto the stain to absorb the moisture and dry it out quicker.

2. Scoop Up What You Can

Use a spoon to scrape the dried mud and then a spatula to scoop up all the loose remnants. Toss out the clumps and gear up for step 3.

3. Make Yourself Some Suds

In a bowl or bucket, mix warm water with either liquid hand soap or dishwashing soap (a couple tablespoons will do).

4. Grab a Rag

Use an old towel or rag and dip it into your soapy water solution before applying it to the stain. Blot the mud onto the cloth and when the stain is gone, use a little plain warm water to blot it again in order to remove any excess soap from the carpet.

5. If the Stain is Stubborn

Sometimes you have a stain that really does not want to go away. In order to tackle tougher messes, mix a half of a cup of white vinegar with a tablespoon of dish soap (liquid). If you have a scrub brush, dip it into the solution and gently scrub the stain until it begins to lift. If you don't have a scrub brush, you can use the rough backside of a sponge. Then repeat step 4 and blot the area with water to rinse.

6. Still There? Time to Call the Experts

If you've tried all the steps above and your carpet is still looking glum, don't hesitate to give us a call at 360-834-9611. We're experts at tackling mud as well as every other stain under the sun, whether it's on the carpet or couch.

If you have pets, sometimes the carpet stain quickly becomes an upholstery stain when muddy paws find their way onto your furniture. Here are a few quick tips for that circumstance as well:

The first step is to let the mud dry, just as you would for the carpet and then vacuum as much dirt up as you can. Then use the same mixture of warm water and soap to blot the stain with a rag or sponge, finishing with plain water afterwards to get rid of any soap residue.

Again, if it's a stubborn stain, let us handle it. Our professional, efficient, and courteous staff stands ready to lend their expertise to our full menu of upholstery cleaning services, including:

  • Sofas
  • Love seats
  • Recliners
  • Dining chairs
  • Mattresses

The Best Steam Cleaning Method in the Industry

At JD Hill Carpet Cleaning, we use Truck Mount Hot Water Extraction, also known as steam cleaning, in tandem with the Sapphire Scientific Upholstery Tool to ensure you're left with furniture that not only looks like new, but feels new too!

Our state-of-the-art high-powered machine heats water to over 280 degrees, creating steam that kills bacteria and other impurities in your upholstery. In addition to the high heat steam and water, we apply a cleaning solution before our powerful tool sucks out all of the dirt, grime and other unseen hazardous creatures out of your upholstery, leaving it as fresh and clean as new.

The Sapphire Scientific Upholstery Tool has precision flow controls that allow for easy adjustments, enabling us to extract in both directions for the best clean possible.

Our steam upholstery cleaning method kills and removes:

  • Dust mites
  • Fungi
  • Viruses
  • Dirt-attracting oils

Contact us today to set up your appointment and get a free quote! Happy fall, everyone!

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