Dirt and mud stains are a sign of an active, outdoorsy person. However, nobody likes having a dirt stain on their furniture or clothes. With that said, we created a detailed guide for you on how to remove dirt and mud stains from clothes and carpets to hard surfaces and everything in between, so stick around.

The Ultimate Guide to Removing Dirt and Mud Stains 

Dirt and mud stains aren’t so hard to remove; they just need special care in order to be removed successfully. For example, mud stains shouldn’t be cleaned while they’re still wet. This might sound surprising to you. We’ve all been told to clean stains as soon as possible, but with mud stains, it’s better to wait. Wiping a mud stain while it’s wet will only make it worse and force it deeper into the fabric.

Additionally, if you got dirt or mud stains on dry-clean-only fabrics, it’s best to send them to a dry cleaner. As an alternative, you can use a home dry cleaning kit. Lastly, not all fabrics are treated the same way, so read this guide very carefully to know exactly how to get dirt and mud stains off of the affected fabric or surface. 


How to remove mud from clothes

Treating mud stains from clothes or washable fabrics can take a couple of steps. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Let the stain dry completely to prevent smearing.
  2. With a toothbrush or a soft bristle cleaning brush, brush off the stain gently in one direction. It’s best to do this over the sink. 
  3. Apply a stain remover to the dirt stain according to the package instructions. OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder works well for several tough stains. 
  4. After applying the stain remover to the stain, rub it gently with your finger or use a toothbrush and let it sit for the recommended amount of time. 
  5. Wash your garment as you normally do, but make sure to follow the care label instructions. 
  6. Check if the stain is completely gone. 
  7. If yes, air-dry your garment. 
  8. If not, repeat the process while the garment is still wet. If you allow it to dry, it’ll set the stain and make it harder to remove.
  9. After repeating for the second time the stain should be gone. Air dry your garment and it’ll be ready to be worn again. 

Be careful, drying your clothes in the dryer while stained will only help set the stain. Also, when using a detergent for removing dirt or mud stains, an enzyme-containing detergent is advised. Something like Tide Liquid Detergent or Persil works just fine. If you’re dealing with a mud stain on white clothes, though, bleach is your best choice, but make sure the garment is bleach-safe. I recommend OUT White Brite. It removes tough stains including red mud, which is harder to remove than regular mud stains. The last tip for you here is to wash your stained garment apart from other clothes in the washing machine. This is to avoid transferring the stain to other clothes. 


For upholstery, you need to know what type of upholstery you have. Silk, vintage, or antique upholstery should be left for professionals as it requires a different cleaning process.

Otherwise, you can clean dark or red mud stains from upholstery by following these steps: 

  1. Let the mud dry completely first.
  2. Scrape the dried mud with a butter knife or spoon.
  3. Vacuum the dried mud.
  4. Mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of bleach-free liquid detergent.
  5. Submerge a clean microfiber cloth in the mixture and scrub the area. You can also use a soft bristle cleaning brush or a toothbrush. 
  6. With a wet, clean microfiber cloth, blot the area. 
  7. Repeat the scrubbing and blotting steps until the stain is completely gone. 
  8. Remove the detergent residue with a damp, clean cloth. 
  9. Let it air dry. 

You can also use a bleach-free stain remover to treat dark or red mud stains from upholstery. 


cleaning mud from a carpet

Cleaning carpets isn’t anyone’s favourite chore, especially when you’re dealing with dirt or mud stains, but you don’t have to worry as you can remove them easily with the following steps:

  1. Let the mud stain dry completely. 
  2. Scrape the mud off the carpet with a scraper or a butter knife. You can also brush it off using a cleaning brush. 
  3. Vacuum the mud or the dirt off the carpet. 
  4. If you have a steam cleaner, use it to clean the remaining stain. 
  5. As an alternative, apply an aerosol carpet shampoo to the stain according to the instructions. 
  6. Let the shampoo absorb into the stain for a few minutes. 
  7. With a cleaning brush or a cloth, rub the product into the carpet. 
  8. Let the shampoo dry completely, then vacuum the carpet. 
  9. Repeat if needed. 

It’s best to test the carpet shampoo first on a hidden area before using it on the stain. I recommend using Shout Carpet Aerosol Stain. It works well on many stains and is safe for pets and kids.  You can also use a stain remover instead like the OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

Hard Surfaces 

Luckily, it’s fairly easy to remove dirt and mud stains from hard surfaces. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Let the mud stain dry. 
  2. Scrape the mud off with a plastic scraper. 
  3. Wipe the excess off with a clean cloth. 
  4. Dip a sponge or a clean cloth in sudsy water and clean the stain with it. 
  5. Once the stain is removed, rinse the area well and wipe dry. 

Stone Surfaces 

It’s a little bit different when it comes to stone surfaces. Here are the steps to remove dirt or mud stains from stone surfaces:

  1. After the stain has dried, scrape it off with a plastic scraper or a silicone one. 
  2. Apply a mixture of water and washing soda. 
  3. Use a soft bristle cleaning brush or a sponge and scrub the area gently. 
  4. Rinse with a wet, clean cloth.
  5. Let it dry. 

Special Fabrics 

Here’s how to remove dirt and mud stains off of felt, fur, and suede fabrics:

  1. Let the mud stain dry completely. 
  2. Brush the mud off with a toothbrush or a soft bristle brush. 
  3. Mix mild soap with lukewarm water and swish to create suds. 
  4. Apply only the foam to the stain and rub it gently with a sponge or a toothbrush. 
  5. Wipe with a clean microfiber cloth. 

For leather fabrics:

  1. Wipe off as much as you can of the mud when it’s still wet. 
  2. With a dry, clean cloth, buff the fabric gently. 
  3. If the mud is dry, rub it off gently with a toothbrush. 
  4. With a damp towel, wipe off the leather. 
  5. Finally, dry off the leather well with a clean towel. 

The Wrap-Up 

Dirt and mud stains might seem hard to clean. However, with the right tools and methods, you can easily get rid of it. Just follow the guide we created for you and you’ll successfully remove the mud stain, whether it’s dark or red mud, without harming any of your garments or surfaces. 

Good luck!