Tips On How To Get Mud Out Of Clothes In Easy Steps

You might know how to save your fabrics from clothes moths, but the headaches keep coming in the form of stains! Getting mud on your clothes is an unavoidable fact of life, no matter how hard you try to stop it. A simple walk outside in the British weather can very well do it all. We have all been there one way or another. Ironically enough, in the world of stains, mud is a funny thing. It is probably one of the few stains which doesn’t do well when treated right away.

Kid playing on a muddy river

This is mostly due to the fact that mud can be rubbed away as soon as it has dried, which is the first step in treating dirt stains. The good news is that it is, regardless of colour, relatively easy to remove with the right approach. And you may already know how to bleach white clothes, remove sweat smells out of them, or even wash baby clothes, but what about this one? There’s no need to panic. Here is what you will have to do. 

Things you are going to need

To remove mud stains from clothing, you will need the following items, which you probably already have:

  1. A mud-scraping tool, such as a blunt knife or a plastic spoon.
  2. Fabric detergent in liquid form, preferably a bio detergent.
  3. Washer
  4. A laundry pre-treatment product, or dish soap.

Removing surface mud

To effectively tackle the mud, start off by shaking or scraping it off the surface:

Tips

  1. Place the mud-stained piece on a flat surface to dry. Attempting to scrub off damp or wet mud would only dirt and the stain remains worse. You can leave it on the floor or on a countertop. When you figure how deep the mud is, you can give an estimate on how many hours it takes to dry.
  2. Remove as much dry mud as you can by shaking or brushing it off. You may also gently wipe off the dried mud with your hand or a dry cloth. This will make it easier to remove the stain from your clothes when you wash them.
  3. Try using a soft brush or a spatula to scrape off any caked-on dirt. If the mud is caked on the clothes and tends to be very thick, use a knife to scrape off layers of it. Scrape until you get to see the cotton surface on the clothes.
  4. Avoid scraping the clothing itself, as this can cause damage. If you skip the scraping, there is a high chance that the stains on your clothes would become bigger after washing.
  5.  If the clothing is made of a fabric that cannot be washed in a washing machine or by hand, take it to a dry cleaning service. This will ensure that you do not further harm the clothes by washing them at home.

Cloth brush

Pre-treating your clothes the right way

Prior to washing your clothes, it is imperative that mud gets pre-treated with some detergent for stain removal.

Tips

  1. Allow the mud to soak in liquid laundry detergent for 15 minutes. With clean fingers or a wet rag, dab a small amount of detergent onto the mud stains. If you have a powdered one, combine it with some water to make a paste that you can add to the mud. Laundry detergent helps to break up the dirt, making it easier to remove in the washing machine.
  2. When you are faced with a situation where you get mud stains that are too stubborn, try using a stain remover. At your nearest store or online, look for one designed for mud and tough stains. First, you will need to apply the stain remover to the mud with clean fingers or a damp cloth and then just wait 5-10 minutes. If the mud is very caked on and thick, then you might want to wait some more time for it to dissolve.
  3. If the stained area on your clothes is particularly muddy, soak it in a detergent solution. Place the clothes in a clean plastic bin or the shower if they are completely covered in mud and you are having trouble removing the stains. After that, fill the tub halfway with warm water and add 2-4 drops of dishwashing detergent. Allow 30 minutes for clothes to sit in water or soak them overnight if they happen to be too dirty.
  4. If the item is made of light-coloured fabric, such as white, you do not want to soak it because the fabric would be exposed to the brown colour. Instead, use detergent or a stain remover to pre-treat the fabric.

How to wash your clothes to get rid of mud

A proper wash is vital to remove any stains. And with the right method, it can be easily and safely done.

Wash clothes by hand with detergent

Tips

  1. Wash the clothes in warm or hot water in the washing machine. It is important to keep in mind that you should never wash your muddy clothes with other things as the mud could move to the other items as well.
  2. If your clothes are white, you should use chlorine bleach. Check the guidelines and follow the instructions on the care label and only use the recommended amount of bleach on the fabric.
  3. If the clothes are dark coloured, they should be washed with laundry detergent. Clean them in your machine with the right amount. It is important that you avoid excessive use of the detergent as it may darken your clothes.
  4. After one wash cycle, inspect the clothes and make sure the mud is gone. It is possible that you will have to wash the clothes many times to get the mud out. Do as many cycles as they need and repeat steps of washing for a mud-free result.
  5. If the fabric is delicate, hand wash the clothes in a plastic bin or the bathtub instead. Fill the bin halfway with hot water and detergent. Then, to remove the dirt, rub the fabric gently.  When you hand-wash the clothes yourself, you can remove the mud with a scrub brush or simply a toothbrush.
  6. If the mud has been removed from the clothing, you can dry them in the dryer on a low heat setting. If the clothes are fragile, hang them to air dry. Before using the dryer, make sure all the mud and staining is gone. Otherwise, the remaining stain will be permanently set in the clothing.

What about delicates and dry-clean-only fabrics?

Some fabrics are delicate for a reason, and chemicals are actually very harsh on them. Below are some dry-clean-only fabrics that you need to take extra care of when trying to get rid of the mud:

Silk

1. Check for colour bleeding

Since this fabric is susceptible to bleeding, it’s a good idea to test it first. Dip a small part of the hem from the item’s underside in warm water. To avoid staining other products, wash it separately if it has a strong colour. Avoid washing it at home if it is patterned.

2. Hand wash

Invert your silk and turn it inside out. Add two capfuls of delicate wash to a basin or sink of cool water. Submerge the fabric in the water and gently swirl it with your hands until the detergent is fully dissolved. Soak for a maximum of 30 minutes

3. Rinse

Rinse the fabric with cool water until it is clean. Don’t wring it out! Instead, use your hands or the sink to press the water out. 

4. De-Wrinkle and Dry

Dry the fabric by hanging it or laying it flat in its natural form. Steam to release wrinkles and bring out the silk’s natural lustre until it is dry to the touch. A misting of delicate spray between washes can eliminate odours and add a soothing fragrance.

Wool & Cashmere

Pile of clothes from wool and cashmere

1. Washing preparation

To avoid fading and friction when washing, turn the item inside out.

2. Hand wash

Add 2 cups of wool and cashmere cleaning product to a basin or sink of cool water. Dip the clothes, stir your hands and let them soak for 30 minutes. Put your item in a secure mesh bag and use the following configuration in your washer: cold water + delicate cycle + low tumble.

3. Rinse thoroughly

Rinse the clothes with cold water until it is no longer soapy. To drain excess water, gently push against your sink. Do not wring or twist in any way.

4. Allow it to dry

Lay the fabric flat on a clean towel or a drying rack. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat sources, such as a radiator, to prevent damage and shrinkage. Alternatively, you can lay the item flat on a towel and roll both sides upwards like a burrito. This will easily absorb any excess liquid.

5. Wrinkles and pilling should be removed

The normal pile of the yarns may be crushed or flattened by ironing. Instead, steam or spritz your clothes with wool and cashmere spray to remove creases. To extract them from cashmere, use the sweater comb in one direction. For wool, use the sweater stone. Between wears, brush your cashmere or wool with a brush to release the fabric’s natural oils and maintain a fresh look.

Velvet

Sleeve of blue velvet cloth in female hand

1. What you should not wash

Blazers, suits, and upholstery made of velvet need only be dry cleaned.

2. Hand washing

It is the most secure way to clean your velvets. Add a squirt of delicate wash to a wash bin or sink full of cool water. Then, add your clothes and stir them with your hands. Allow for up to 30 minutes of sitting time.

3. Rinse thoroughly

Rinse the fabric with cool water until it is soap-free.

4. Allow it to dry

When it comes to drying, you have three options: place the clothes flat on a surface or on a drying rack or rotary washing line to air dry, hang to dry, or put them in the dryer on low heat with the “fluff” environment. This will prevent a crushed velvet look.

5. Remove wrinkles

This type of fabric should never be ironed because it can crush or flatten the velvet’s natural pile. Instead, use a clothes steamer. Since velvet is prone to dust, lint, and fuzz accumulation, you can use a brush to keep it clean when necessary.

Linen

1. What you should not wash

It is not recommended to wash your linen fabric if it is like a suit or blazer with shoulder pads or unwashable like upholstery. Instead, handle any mud staining on a case-by-case basis. If you are dealing with flax linen, which is susceptible to mud stains, yellowness, and general dinginess, pre-soak for up to 30 minutes in a basin of hot water.

2. Machine wash

Wash your linens on the usual cycle with hot water using detergent. To smooth and reduce static and wrinkles, combine one capful of an all-purpose cleaning product and a small amount of fabric conditioner.

3. Allow it to dry

Linen is strong enough to go through a high-heat dryer cycle. It is prone to wrinkling, so take it out of the dryer before the cycle is finished so the fabric is still slightly damp. Then, using the highest temperature setting on your iron or stem, loosen the creasing and lie flat to dry fully.

Dirty white shirt from mud

With these easy-to-follow DIY steps, your clothes will undoubtedly look as good as new. Now you can be sure that you will be able to handle any potential mud stains. No need to worry anymore and no need to throw anything in the trash can. Give it a try and we’re sure that you’re going to make it!

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