Removing Dirt Stains from Carpet
Dirt stains can happen at any time—especially for those with a busy home. Those with children, or active outdoor lifestyles know that dirt stains can be some of the most difficult to remove from carpeting and household upholstery.
Why are dirt stains in carpet so difficult to remove?
Dirt stains are combination stains, which means that there are many different elements present in the stain. When children, pets, or guests track dirt into your house, the friction from their footsteps can deeply embed the dirt into your carpeting. Dirt is really a combination stain because dirt is made up of so many different things such as protein, grease, grass, and whatever other gunk may be lurking in the soil. Dirt stains may require multiple treatments with KickAss Stain Remover.
Tips for preventing dirt stains from carpet
One great tip for preventing dirt from entering your home is to clean your doormats frequently. Doormats are places where your visitors should be wiping off their shoes before entering your home. However, if the doormats are not very frequently cleaned, then your visitors will actually be collecting dirt onto their shoes, and tracking that dirt into your home, and finally depositing the dirt in your carpeting. Therefore, ensure that you vacuum your doormats multiple times per week and even more frequently in the summer months.
Another great tip is to enforce a no-shoes-in-the-house rule for your family and visitors. Guests can simply take off their shoes at your entrance way and proceed into your home with their socks. However, be aware that pets may still bring dirt into your home. Furthermore, dirty doormats or entrance ways could still allow even barefoot guests to track dirt into your home.
How to remove dirt stains from carpet
When you notice a dirt stain on your carpet it is important to act immediately. If the stain becomes wet, you will have a much more precarious situation on your hands—a mud stain. Once the mud stain has dried it will be much more difficult to remove, and may require multiple treatments of professional carpet stain remover products.
How to remove dirt stains with KickAss Carpet Stain Remover
- First, remove any pieces of grass and/or dirt using a vacuum cleaner extension. Vacuum the area as thoroughly as possible, and look for any other dirt stains, as these types of stains often appear in tracks.
- Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any excess moisture from the stain by gently dabbing the cloth onto the stain.
- Test a small portion of the stain with the KickAss Stain Remover. Be sure to test a less conspicuous area first that is preferably out of sight.
- Ensure that you treat the dirt stain while it is still fresh, if possible, as mud stains that re-dry may require multiple treatments with KickAss Stain Remover.
- Allow KickAss Stain Remover to sit on the stain for at least 10 minutes.
- After waiting 10 minutes, gently dab the stain with a damp cloth or sponge to transfer the residue from the carpet stain onto the cloth.
- Next, rinse the area with warm water and again dab the carpet stain with a clean, dry towel.
- At this point you may want to put a weight on top of a cloth so that all of the excess moisture can be absorbed. We recommend putting a thick towel on the area and then placing a 5-10 pound weight on top. Allow the weight to sit on top of the towel overnight.
- In the morning when you lift the towel, if the stain is not completely removed, repeat these steps.
- Vacuum the area to restore the luxurious texture of your carpet.