- Allow the mud to dry. Washing wet mud will only make the stain worse!
- Shake or brush off any dried on mud that will come loose.
- Spot clean the stained area with liquid laundry detergent like Persil Non Bio Liquid, following the steps in this article.
- Remember to always test your product on a small area of the garment first to check it will not damage the fabric.
Thanks to the British weather, a simple walk outdoors can result in mud-covered clothes – not to mention the caked-on mud active children can bring back after playing outdoors. While it may look daunting, mud is surprisingly easy to remove from clothes. This article explains how to get mud stains out, leaving your clothes looking as fresh as before.
How to Remove Set-In Mud Stains
If the mud stains are quite old, there is another trick to help you remove them. Follow the above steps, but instead of liquid detergent, apply hand sanitizer to the stain. Just test this method on a small, inconspicuous area of the garment first to ensure that it will not damage the fabric. Using a clean brush, work the sanitizer gel into the fabric and let it saturate the stained area for an hour. Wash as normal. You may need to repeat the hand sanitizer step again to ensure the stain is fully removed.
Removing Mud Stains from Delicate or Dry-Clean Only Fabrics
If the garment is labelled delicate, dry-clean, or made from a fabric like silk or wool, you should take it to a professional cleaner to handle the stain. Trying to remove a mud stain with the previous steps may permanently damage a delicate or dry-clean only piece of clothing. So play it safe, and leave these garments to the professionals.
With these tips, removing mud stains should be simple and straightforward. Even the worst stains from a wet football pitch or muddy day of hill walking can come off with enough time, patience, and a little know-how.