Here in Britain, we see a lot of rain throughout the year. In fact, on average, it rains on 156 days of the year! Well, this kind of weather can also bring a muddy mess into your home.
If you’re facing water stains on your wood floor from a wet umbrella or a trail of soggy paw prints across your living room carpet from your four-legged family member, the cleaning experts at Merry Maids can help. Below, we share our tips for removing water and muddy stains from carpet, clothes, and wood floors.
Erasing water stains from wood floors
When you can’t mop up water or other spills from wood floors right away, you may see a white ring or watermark left behind. Don’t panic! Try this trick to get rid of water stains on wood floors.
Pour mineral oil onto a soft cloth
Rub the mineral oil into the water stain and let it sit several hours or overnight
If the stain remains, rub mineral spirits into the stain using a soft cloth (Always make sure you’re wearing gloves as this is a chemical)
If the stain still persists, try applying a coat of furniture polish in a colour that matches your wood floor
For deeper, more set-in stains, you may want to call in a professional, like Furniture Medic, to restore your wood floors.
Cleaning our muddy carpets
Dry dirt is a problem on its own, but adding water to the mix makes it more difficult to clean. The liquid component in mud helps it settle deeper into carpet fibres, and the organic matter in soil means mud needs to be treated like a protein stain (eg. blood, sweat, etc.). What does that mean? Most importantly – no heat!
To clean mud from your carpet, follow these steps:
Let the mud dry, don’t try to clean it up while still wet, or you may end up pushing it further into the fibres
Once it’s dry, vacuum up as much of the dried mud as possible and make several slow passes with the vacuum, more than you would normally do.
When you’re satisfied you’ve vacuumed up as much as you can, add a teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent to one cup of cool or lukewarm (not hot!) water, and use a clean white rag or cloth to blot the mixture onto the stain
Continue to blot to remove excess moisture while keeping an eye on the cloth to see that the stain is coming up. Switch to a clean rag or paper towels as necessary
Once the mud is gone, blot with clean water to remove any leftover residue.
You can use these steps to remove mud stains from upholstery, as well. Just be sure to minimise the amount of water you use, since moisture can sink further into upholstery, get trapped, and cause mould or mildew issues.
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Removing muddy marks from clothing
Mud stains on clothing may combine with sweat or other proteins, making them even more persistent than when found on the carpet
- Begin by removing any solid matter with the dull edge of a knife or spoon
- Be careful not to rub, as this can push stains further into the fibres and make it harder to remove
- Rinse the stain under cold running water, preferably from the opposite side of the fabric to help loosen the mud from the fibres
- If you can’t wash it right away, soak the garment in cold water until you can
- Wash in cold water using a detergent, and before putting the garment in the dryer, check to make sure the stain is gone
Don’t forget: Heat will set the stain if it’s not completely removed.
- If the stain persists or has changed colour, use an oxygen-based stain treatment and soak the garment, then wash again
- Once you’re sure you’ve gotten out the stain, dry the clothing as usual
Let Merry Maids Clean Up after Rain, Snow, or Sleet!
When you schedule regular housekeeping services from our cleaning professionals at Merry Maids, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re never far from a thorough clean. Spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the season; contact your local Merry Maids today.