There’s no doubt that the rainy season can be refreshing, and a welcome relief from the high summer heats, but unfortunately it also brings one very annoying problem: mud stains. We can do everything in our power to keep from getting mud stains on clothes – wearing big waterproof coats and running errands during the one dry hour of the day, for example – but inevitably, at some point, we’ll either get splashed by a passing car or step into a puddle that’s deeper than it looks. If you want to know how to remove mud stains from clothes, then this article is exactly what you need.
How to Remove Mud Stains from Clothes: Dark & Bright Colours
Learning how to remove mud stains from clothes that are dark, like blue jeans is so simple – if you’ve struggled to remove mud in the past, it’s probably because you’ve been taking the wrong approach. In most cases, we should tackle the stains quickly before they dry, so that the stain remains on the surface of the clothing rather than soaking in. For mud, however, the opposite is true, and we should leave the mud stains to dry before attempting to remove them. This is because if we try to treat wet mud, we could work the stain further into the fabric making it practically impossible to get rid of. Instead, what we want is for the stain to remain on the surface, where we can easily scrape it off.
To remove mud stains from clothes, first, let the mud dry completely. This shouldn’t take too long – once the mud has lightened in colour, is dry to the touch, and has a cakey, almost crumbly appearance, and then it’s time to get to work.
Once dry, you can take a blunt object such as a spoon to the caked-on mud and slowly and gently start to scrape the dirt off. Don’t be tempted to dig at the material – instead, skim the spoon lightly across the surface, going with, rather than against, the direction of the fibres. If you’re working with very delicate material, turn the garment inside out and perform a few practice scrapes, so you can gauge the amount pressure necessary to remove the mud without damaging your clothing.
When you’ve removed all the large pieces of dirt, take a small, soft bristled brush and scrub away at any remaining mud particles – a gentle circular motion, as if you were buffing a window with a cloth, is best. Give it a quick wipe with your hand, and you should find that the stain is no longer noticeable on your dark coloured clothing.
Wash as usual, with a good quality laundry detergent. Something like Surf excel liquid detergent is ideal.
How to Remove Mud Stains on White Clothes
If you’re wondering how to get rid of mud stains from white clothes, the process is a little different, but still very quick and easy. Because stains show up more clearly on white clothing than dark, you may see some yellowish/brownish discolouration on your clothing even after you’ve removed the caked on dirt. Fortunately, a bit of stain remover is all you need. Here’s how to remove mud stains on white clothes effortlessly:
Follow steps one to three above, being careful to remove as much dry mud as possible.
After you’ve scraped and brushed off all the surface mud, it’s time to tackle the discolouration. Simply apply some high- quality stain remover, allow it to soak in for 5 minutes, and then gently massage the fabric, working the stain remover deep into the fibres. Always read and follow the instructions on the label of your chosen product to ensure that it is safe for your fabric and that you use it properly. Test any new stain remover on a small, unnoticeable area of your fabric before applying it to a stain.
Pop your clothing in the washing machine with your favourite laundry detergent.
Advice for the Rainy Season
While washing mud out of your clothes is really simple, it’s worth thinking about your drying the clothes during the rainy season. Hanging clothes outside isn’t an option at this time of year, so try to plan your wardrobe so that you make use of quick-drying clothing. The rainy season can be tough laundry-wise, but with a little forethought, you can show the weather who is the boss.