How can I get rid of red dirt stains?

Marilyn Greene
by Marilyn Greene

We live in Central Virginia, where the earth is hard, red clay. When folks track in dirt or mud, it is almost impossible to get rid of the stains made on carpets and floors. Can you help?

  3 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 21, 2019

    Now that you know of the dirt issues you may want to consider different choices in flooring selections when it comes time to replace. Stay away from carpet, think ceramic tile, vinyl wood look strips, solid wood. In mean time keep a carpet shampooer close by. No knowing what kind of carpet you have try Resolve carpet cleaner or one with oxi clean in it. There are different cleaners that work best on olefins, acrylic, nylon carpet. Don't know what other floors you have to answer.

  • Oliva Oliva on Mar 21, 2019

    You'll need to clean the rugs, then start requiring everyone to remove shoes upon entering your home. Place boot trays at each doorway, and no excuses. Rugs are too costly to replace, and why waste precious time constantly scrubbing rugs?

  • William William on Mar 21, 2019

    Brush the clay or mud stain with a hard bristled brush, brushing as much as you can onto a piece of white paper, then thoroughly vacuum. After vacuuming, mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water and thoroughly blot the stain. Follow by blotting heavily with an absorbent cloth until completely dry. If this doesn't remove the clay stain totally, delicately sponge the stain with a few drops of water and apply a few drops of white vinegar. Place an absorbent cloth soaked in stain spotter, changing the cloth as it picks up more of the stain. Another back-up solution for carpet is to use a carpet shampoo if the stain is only a light one. If the carpet is stained with red clay you may need to call in professional carpet cleaners.