If you children recently ran into the house after a summer rain storm started pouring down, and tracked mud onto your carpet, don't worry too much. If you follow the steps below, you should be able to remove the mud from your carpet without causing any damage to your carpet fibers.
#1 Scoop Up The Mud
The first thing you want to do is remove any loose mud that you can. Use a large kitchen spoon to scoop up and remove the wet mud. Make sure that you are not pressing into the carpet fibers; just try to scoop up and remove as much mud as possible that is resting on the surface of your carpet. If the mud is new, you may be able to prevent the mud from really getting ground into your carpet by scooping it up first.
#2 Remove The Moisture
Second, you want to get rid of any moisture that is in your carpet because of the mud. Use a paper towel or old rag to gently blot at the area and transfer the moisture onto the towel or rag. Be sure to rotate the towel or rag as you work so that you don't oversaturate any one area of it.
Now that you have removed as much of the mud and moisture as possible, it is time to see what your vacuum can do for you. Run your vacuum over the area multiple times, slowly working your way back and forth. Your vacuum cleaner should be able to pick up most of the mud that has been left behind. It is best to do this step when the mud has dried out some.
#4 Blot With Dish Soap
If there is still mud on your carpet, mix a little water with some dish soap and apply it to the stain. Then, use a towel to blot at the stain. The dish soap should help break up and remove the stain from your carpet. Bolting the area should help lift the stain right up.
#5 Try Some White Vinegar
Finally, if the stain still persists, you may want to use a small amount of white vinegar on the stain. White vinegar should be able to break down and remove the stain. However, before you apply the vinegar liberally to your carpet, spot test a small area first; sometimes, white vinegar can compromise the color and integrity of your carpet. Once you are sure that it will not damage your carpet, apply it to the mud stain, let it sit for a bit, then blot away to remove any remaining mud.
If you spot the stain quickly, you may only need to do the first three steps or so. Only do the steps four and five if the mud is still present after you complete the previous steps.
For more information, contact A Plus Cleaning Service Inc. or a similar company.