If it’s a rainy day and you need to be outside for some reason, then there is a good chance that you are going to get mud all over your clothes. It may seem like a disaster at first, but trust me, if you know just the right steps and just the right techniques, then you will be able to get rid of any mud stain no matter how stubborn or big they may be.
Just read along the rest of this article that I have put together for you and, you can be ready to deal with any mud that you get on your clothes.
8 Steps to Remove Mud from Clothes
The steps to removing mud or mud stains from clothes are pretty simple. You just have to try not to panic, remain calm and think things through with a clear head so that you can follow each step correctly. If you can do all that, then you will most definitely be able to successfully remove mud from your clothes.
Step 1: Read the Product Label
First and foremost, you need to remember to go through the instructions provided on the product label. The instructions will tell you about the kind of material the garment is and, whether they require a different kind of treatment.
Some fabrics are very delicate and other kinds of fabrics should be washed in dry cleaning only. So, before you proceed with the steps in this article, make sure you’re doing with the right kind of fabric.
Step 2: Let the Stain Dry First
The next thing that you need to do is, allow the mud stain to dry properly. Now, this will seem like an approach that goes against the traditional treatments of stain removal but, it does work well for mud stains.
Resist the urge to immediately wash off the dirt and wait until the mud has properly dried. Dried mud is actually easier to remove, whereas, if you try to scrub off the mud while it is still dry, then you are really only pushing the mud deeper into the fabric.
Step 3: Scrapping off the Dried Mud
Once you see that the mud has properly dried, you can start scraping it off.
First, shake off all the excess dried bits and pieces of the dried mud. Then, start scrapping off the remaining dried mud. You can scrap using the following:
- The edge of a credit card, or something similar
- Blunt knife
- Toothbrush with hard bristles
Step 4: Soak the Stain with Detergent
Afterward, you can soak the stain with some detergent. You can choose your regular laundry detergent. Just take some detergent that is in a reasonable amount for the size of the stain and soak the stain with it for at least fifteen to twenty minutes.
Step 5: Work on the Stain
Instead of soaking the entire clothing in water, I recommend that you only treat the stained area. Take a toothbrush and dip it in clean water and, with this wet toothbrush work on the stain in a circular motion; starting with the edges of the stain. You need to repeat this treatment on both sides of the fabric.
This treatment should start to soften the stain and the stain will start to lift from the fabric.
Step 6: Pop your Clothing into the Machine
When you will be done with the step above, check to see if the stain has been reasonably removed. If it is still persisting, then you should repeat the same steps two or three times more. If you find that the stain has significantly gone, then you can throw your clothing into the washing machine.
Make sure to have it washed in a normal washing cycle. In addition, it is essential that you do not mix your mud-stained clothes with your other clothes.
Step 7: Allow your Clothes to Dry in the Air
After you are done washing the clothing, hang it outside or somewhere inside the house and allow it to dry in the air. My advice would be that you do not dry your clothing in the tumble dryer.
This is so because, if by any chance, there is still a bit of mud stain remaining, then tumble drying will only set the stain further into your fabric.
Step 8: Getting Mud Stains out of your Whites
If you are living the ultimate nightmare and have gotten mud on your white clothes, then don’t worry, there is always a way.
First follow the exact same steps of treatment from letting the mud dry, scrap or dusting off the excess amount of dried mud and soaking the stain with any laundry detergent for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Afterward, work on the stain with a toothbrush with dampened, hard bristles. Work on a circular motion starting from the edges and keep on scrubbing on the stain till you see that the stain is lifting.
Next, you need to pour clean, cold water into a basin and fill it up. Then, mix sixty ml of chlorine bleach with the water. Take your clothing and soak it entirely in this solution. You should leave it soaked for about ten minutes. Then have it washed in a normal wash cycle in your washing machine.
For this technique, it will be better if your air dries your garment.
Now you know how simple it is to get the mud out of clothes. Next time you are outside, be careful not to get your clothes muddy and, in any case, that you do, you already know what to do.
Best of luck!
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