Remove Dirt Stains from Carpet

Your kids have done it again! They’ve played outside for hours and hours only to come back inside without wiping their feet. Suddenly, your clean home has evidence of pitter-pattering feet all over it. So what do you do? How can you remove dirt stains from carpet? Keep reading, and you can find two different ways to remove dirt stains with some products that are around your home.

Remove Dirt Stains from Carpet

How to Remove Dirt Stains from Carpet – Method 1

If the dirt or mud has not been on the carpet long, you should use this method first. This is a simple clean-up method that you can use to get the soil out of your carpet without changing your carpet’s look or texture.

What you will need:

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Baking soda
  • Shampooer (optional)

Important note: No matter where you’re removing mud or dirt from, always allow it to dry before you start cleaning it up. If you try to clean up mud before it dries, you have a higher chance of smearing it and it’s much more difficult to clean. Be patient, and your patience will pay off.

  1. After the dirt is dry, take the broom sweep up any of the dirt or dried-up mud into the dustpan. You may have to go through a couple times before you get it all.
  2. If the stain remains, cover the area with some baking soda and allow it to sit for up to an hour. The baking soda will help draw out some of the extra dirt from the affected area.
  3. Take your vacuum cleaner and vacuum up the baking soda and extra dirt that has been brought out of the carpet.
  4. Optional step: If the stain still hasn’t gone away, and you have a carpet shampooer, follow the instructions on your shampooer and shampoo your floors. That should get rid of the rest of your stain. If it does not, then try the technique discussed in method 2. 

How to Remove Dirt Stains from Carpet – Method 2

If the dirt or mud has been in your carpet for awhile, then you may need to take more drastic measures. This method can help you to get the dirt out of your carpet with some basic items that most people have around the house.

What you will need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Solution of ¼ tsp of dish detergent and 1 quart of water.
  • White cloths and towels
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle with tap water
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • Brick or book covered with plastic.

Vacuum up any of the dried up dirt or mud.

  1. Take your dish detergent solution and dampen a clean, white cloth with it. Blot at the dirt stain, do not rub. If you rub, you can make your carpet look uneven and you can push the stain further into the carpet. If you notice that the part of the cloth that you are using cannot pick up any more of the stain, switch the area of the cloth that you are using. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
  2. Take your spray bottle and spritz the area to help rinse out the area. Repeat this a few times.
  3. Take a dry towel and place it over the area. Weigh it down with a brick or plastic-covered book until the area has dried completely (it’s best to keep this overnight).
  4. Check the affected area. If some of the stain still remains, then use another clean cloth with hydrogen peroxide and dab the area. Let it sit for about an hour, and reapply if necessary.
  5. Once again, take a dry towel and place it over the area. Weigh it down with a brick or plastic-covered book until the area has dried completely (it’s best to keep this overnight).