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Removing Dirt Stains from Rugs and Carpet

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Dirt or soil stains on your rugs or carpet can sometimes be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing dirt stains from rugs and carpet.
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December 17, 2008

I recently had a party whilst my parents were away. They've returned to find huge dirt stains on my newly laid cream carpet. I don't know much about the carpet, do you know any home remedies to get the dirt out?

Alicia from NSW, AUS

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December 17, 20080 found this helpful

Yes. Call a steam cleaning company, and pay for having the service. Do not let them use any chemicals- just plain steam. They will argue. But since the carpet is newly laid, the chemicals will ruin it. And then, you should be responsible for putting down new carpet.

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

When I have a spot on the carpet, I put a little liquid dish soap (NOT dish washer) and some white vinegar in a dish, use a brush and go over the spot. Works wonders.

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

I f it is just dirt, and not grease or oil or foodstains, you should be able to rent a carpet cleaner and do this job yourself. I am assuming that you have such rentals, as we have them in Canada. If the dirt stains are fresh, you shouldn't have that much difficulty removing them. I suppose if you have dirt that has a high iron content (red soil) it might require some special spot treating, but I suspect that regular carpet cleaning will do it.

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If you have a steam cleaner, it will likely do the job.

There should be no need to replace the carpet. Dirt should wash out with the steam cleaner. Just don't do as a previous person did in a earlier post and flood the place with the garden hose.

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By Sharon (Guest Post)
December 31, 20080 found this helpful

I'm assuming you know this, but before you try any cleaning product on carpet stains/spots. Vacuum the spots really well first. Often times, I have had good luck removing dirt stains with plain water!

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December 31, 20080 found this helpful

Try baking soda.

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May 9, 20140 found this helpful

How do you remove yellow sand stains from a grey carpet? I have bought a new property and the delivery men trod in some sand. The stains are noticeable on a mid grey carpet. I have so far waited for the stains to dry and have vacuumed them, but they are still there. Can anyone advise?

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By De L

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

You are probably going to have to shampoo the carpet to get rid of them.

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December 8, 20170 found this helpful

Try a mix of hydrogen peroxide (2 parts) and blue dawn (1 part)

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April 5, 2010

I have a stain on my rug from a flower pot that leaked, so the brown from the flower pot stained it. I have tried everything.

By Irene from Topeka, KS

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April 5, 20100 found this helpful

I had the same thing happen. I have a hand held steam cleaner and it works wonders! I simply sprayed 409 on the spot then sprayed the steam on it till the spot was all gone. I had to stop a couple of times through and dab (not rub) the spot to get up the moisture, but when I got doe the spot was totally gone and the floor was completely dry in about 20 minutes.

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I love my hand held steam cleaner though. I use it for all kinds of cleaning. Even used it in my car the other day and now the car looks almost brand new!
I use it all over the house though and it paid for itself (I paid about $60 for it) within the first week.

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

Mix equal amounts of salt and baking soda then add a bit of vinegar to make a quite stiff paste. Lay on stain and leave it to dry. Vacuum up. I removed really bad plant mud stains from an ivory carpet with this method, it took three applications to bring the carpet back to like new.

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January 27, 2009

How do I get mud and sand out of a cream carpet?

Jenny

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January 30, 20090 found this helpful

I got a new vacuum cleaner last month. It is a Bissel Clearview. I thought it was inexpensive at $68. I was worried if it was going to do a good job. I have always used Electrolux. Anyway, it does a fantastic job. I use it all the time because it is so much fun to see at the dog hair and sand it sucks up.

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My carpets look like they have been shampooed! I think your rugs would come clean too!

If you are not in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, I would recommend that you vacuum many times before trying to shampoo it out. Good Luck, Karla

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