Mud on Carpet! How to Get Mud & Muddy Paw Prints Out of the Carpet

How to get mud out of carpets
Ah, rain – for some it’s that perfect detail to a Saturday afternoon at home, while under a warm blanket, with a good book, and, of course – accompanied by a cup of tea. However, for others it can be a complete nightmare, especially for dog owners. Besides the “pleasurable” wet dog scent, there is something even worse that comes with rainy days – muddy paw prints.

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Raise your hand if you have experienced the whole “My Golden Retriever came bursting through the door, right after we took a walk in the rain, and now I have mud on my rug” situation.

It isn’t a fun scene, right? Now, how many of you started to aggressively rub the fresh mud, in a desperate attempt to clean it up as quickly as possible? Well, that’s a wrong tactic.

In this article, we are going to talk about how to get mud out of a carpet the right way. It may sound like a simple task, but believe us, muddy footprints on a carpet can turn from a normal chore to a complete disaster in seconds, especially if you don’t know what you are doing.

How to deal with mud and muddy footprints on a carpet

In order to put an end to your and your rugs’ suffering, we have gathered a few nifty cleaning tips on how to get mud out of a carpet, which you can find below:

Method #1: Dishwashing detergent

  1. First, put on some gloves and gather all of the bigger mud clumps
  2. After that, mix some baking soda with a bit of salt and apply the powder to what’s left from the mud stain. Let the mixture sit there for a couple of hours, so it can soak up all of the moisture from the spot.
  3. Then, get your vacuum cleaner and remove the dried up mud and leftover powder.
  4. Dissolve one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent in two cups of warm water and sponge the stain with the solution. You can use a clean cloth or a new dishwashing sponge for the task.
  5. Get a paper towel and blot the liquid.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the mud stain is removed.
  7. Sponge with some cold water, blot with a paper towel, and that’s it. This is how to get mud stains out of a carpet by using dishwashing detergent.

Method #2: Vinegar

This method is suitable for stains that are more on the stubborn side. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Get a bowl and pour half a cup of vinegar, add a bit of dishwashing liquid (about a tablespoon) and mix well.
  2. With the help of a brush, gently rub the solution on the mud stain.
  3. Rinse the area with a clean cloth and cold water.
  4. Repeat the whole process until the stain disappears.
  5. At the end just dry the treated surface with a towel.

You can also use vinegar to clean grease stains and spots on carpets. Simply combine equal parts of dishwashing soap and glycerin, pour eight parts of water, and finally, add to the mix a few drops of white vinegar and stir well.

Method #3: Isopropyl alcohol

This DIY method of how to get mud tracks out of a carpet is one of the more aggressive stain removal treatments and you need to be cautious with it, due to the fact that you are using alcohol.

  1. First, do a spot test with the alcohol on a hidden area of the carpet, to see if there is some kind of reaction.
  2. If there aren’t any signs of a reaction, like colour bleeding or discolouration, proceed to blot the stain with the isopropyl alcohol.
  3. Finally, rinse the area with water and blot to dry.

Got some paint stains to clean along with the mud spots? Don’t worry. See different ways in which you can remove paint stains out of carpet using isopropyl alcohol other household products.

Method #4: Commercial stain remover

If all of your attempts to clean your carpet with these homemade solutions fail, just buy a commercial stain remover. It’s fairly simple to use, you just have to spray the product on the dirty area and allow it to sit. You can find information about the amount of time that the detergent needs, in order for it to work, written on its label.

After you’ve waited for the stain remover to do its magic, the only thing left to do is to wipe the carpet clean. You can use a paper towel, sponge, brush, or basically anything you have lying around. If the stain is still there, just repeat the process until it’s gone.

How to get red clay mud out of a carpet

Removing red clay mud takes a bit more time, patience and preparation. So, follow the steps below for optimum results:

  1. First, you need to let the stain air dry and remove as much as you can with a spoon. After that, vacuum the area.
  2. Then, you need to pretreat the spot with a stain remover. Get an old toothbrush and work the product into the carpet fibres. Let it sit, according to the label instructions.
  3. Now, proceed with the cleaning. You can make a homemade solution from various products, which you most likely have already in your cupboard, in order to successfully break down the red clay spot:
    • Put some liquid dish soap over the stain and leave it there overnight;
    • Mix a powdered dishwashing detergent with water in a paste and rub it on the stain. Let it sit there for a couple of hours.
    • Mix 2-3 tablespoons of salt with a cup of white vinegar and apply the mixture over the red clay mark. Leave to sit for about an hour.
    • Create a paste by combining powdered, bleach-free laundry detergent and ammonia. Treat the stain with it and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Spread liquid oil soap on to the muddy spot and wait for about 15 minutes.
  4. Regardless of which solution, you’ve picked from step 3., you’ll need to rinse it with a damp, clean, white cloth. Dab rather than rub, so you don’t make the mud spot bigger.
  5. Extra tip: If none of the above works, try mixing oxygen bleach and water to remove it. Remember to do a spot test, first. Apply the mixture on the affected area, wait for at least 1 hour and blot.

This is the proper method on how to get red mud tracks out of a carpet.

If you feel like it’s time to give your rug a deep clean, here is how to clean a carpet at home.

Arrange a professional carpet cleaning

If you simply don’t have enough time or the proper tools to handle the mud stains by yourself, consider getting a visit from a professional carpet cleaning technician. We at Fantastic Services offer the two most powerful carpet cleaning methods – hot water extraction and dry carpet cleaning. So save yourself the hassles and get an expert to do it for you!

Learn more about the different carpet cleaning options and see how you can book a service.



Removing mud stains from your carpet may seem like a simple task, but as you can see for yourself, it’s definitely not. One wrong move and you can end up with a stain determined to stay on your carpet longer than you would like. If the stain is fresh, you must resist the urge of tackling it right away as you would usually do with other stains. Have patience or you risk getting the stain deeper into the fibres.


We hope you found our article on how to get mud out of a carpet helpful and please, do share your experience with similar situations below in the comment section.

No matter of the cleaning method, remember to always do a small spot test on hidden part of your carpet. Depending on the size, nature, and age of the stain, some of them might be impossible to remove. We cannot take responsibility if any of the above-mentioned methods do not work on your carpets. Read our disclaimer here.

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Last update: January 30, 2019
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