How to Clean Red Clay from Carpets

Natural materials don't look great when they're all over your carpets. Just one stain can completely ruin the look of any room. Even dark, ugly stains can potentially be removed from your flooring to leave your carpeting looking like new again. Use common, everyday products to remove unsightly red clay stains, instead of spending money on new flooring or calling in professionals to get the job done.

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Step 1

Vacuum the area of carpeting affected by the red clay after it's fully dry. Remove any large chunks of mud before using the vacuum, if there are any, to avoid damaging your equipment.

Step 2

Wash the stained area of carpet with warm water and liquid dishwashing soap (approximately 1 tbsp. of soap to 2 cups of water). Use a clean cloth to blot at the stain with the soapy water; don't scrub or rub. Remove as much of the red clay as possible with the soap and water before continuing.

Step 3

Rinse the stained carpet area with clean water and pat dry with a clean, light-colored towel. If the red clay stain remains, it may be necessary to re-wash a few times. If even washing won't work, try another stain-removal technique.

Step 4

Treat the stained carpet with ammonia and vinegar to remove the last traces of red clay. Use this process carefully and work slowly to avoid damaging carpet fibers. Mix ammonia and water (2 tbsp. of ammonia to 1 cup of lukewarm water) and dampen a clean cloth with the solution. Gently blot at the red clay stain with the cloth. Next, mix a solution of white vinegar and water and repeat the blotting process (1 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water).

Step 5

Call a professional carpet cleaning company if none of these home remedies work to remove red clay stains.