Rainy days are known for being the best days to sleep in, but they are also known for creating incredible mud puddles your kids can’t help but jump in. When you’re faced with soggy, muddy socks, shirts and pants, you need to know what to do to get rid of the stains. Luckily, it’s not that difficult.
Types of Dirt and Mud Stains
The first thing you need to think about when dealing with dirt and mud stain removal is the type of dirt or mud you’re dealing with. Dirt refers to the earth’s soil. It’s dry and can most often be wiped off before it becomes a stain. Mud, on the other hand, is a mixture of dirt and water. This stains more easily.
A third type of dirt is red dirt, or clay. This has a reddish tint to it and may be wet or dry.
Remove Mud and Dirt Stains: Step by Step
- Choose a detergent and stain remover that works with the type of fabric
- Let the stain dry
- Use a soft brush to remove the loose dirt
- Spray the stain with Sil Special Grease & Oil Stain Spray
- Wash the clothing at the highest temperature possible
- Check if the stain is gone
- Repeat the process if necessary
Choose a Stain Remover and Detergent
For dirt and mud stains, Sil Special Grease & Oil can help remove stubborn stains. For the wash cycle, opt for Persil Universal Megaperls® / Persil Universal Duo-Caps for white fabrics, Persil Color Megaperls® / Persil Color Duo Caps for colored clothing and Sil 1-for-All Stain Salt or Sil 1-for-All Stain Gel for colorfast fabrics. Fine fabrics require special care, so use Perwoll Sport & Functional Textiles.
Pre-Treat the Stain
Unlike with other stains, you’re going to want to let the mud dry out completely. Remove excess dirt with a soft brush, then remove dirt stains with Sil Special Grease & Oil Stain Spray. If the stain is particularly stubborn or old, let the fabric soak in a mixture of your chosen detergent and water for at least two hours.
Wash and Rinse
Wash the fabrics in the highest possible wash temperature as recommended by the manufacturer on the garment label. Use the ‘heavily soiled’ dosage as indicated on the detergent package.
Check the Stain
Before you toss the clothing in the dryer, check to make sure the stain is completely gone. If it isn’t, wash it again and add Sil 1-for-All Stain Gel or Sil 1-for-All Stain Salt to the wash load.
How to Get Dirt and Mud Stains Out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics
Delicate fabrics like wool, silk or dry-clean only fabrics require extra care. For red mud stain removal or dirt stain removal of delicate fabrics, use Perwoll Sport & Functional Textiles and hand wash your shirts, socks or pants. If the garment label says dry-clean only, leave it to the professionals to prevent additional damage.
Cotton and polyester-blend fabrics are durable and can be washed and dried at almost any temperature without having to worry about damage or shrinkage.
Removing Dirt and Mud From White Clothing
In most cases, the steps above will easily remove dirt, mud or red mud from your white clothing. Follow the steps above to get rid of these stains; avoid using natural or homemade stain removers, as they can damager certain types of fabrics.
Has a rainy day had a toll on your clothing? Get rid of mud, dirt and red mud stains easily with these tips.