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Removing Mud Stains from Clothing

March 06, 2018

Here in Boston, we love to enjoy the outdoors in Spring, Summer and Fall. We can go camping, play sports like soccer or baseball, hiking, all in good nature fun. Of course, it rains sometimes and the ground can get a little or a lot muddy. Needless to say, some of that muddy mess can get on our clothing and leave stains on them. Mud stains come in many shapes and sizes and here are some tips for cleaning them.

Most mud stains can be removed by washing the item according to the care instructions. Let the mud dry, then brush off as much as possible using a soft bristle brush, such as an old toothbrush. Then wash as usual using your regular laundry detergent.

For those more difficult mud stains, you can try treating the stain using one of the many pre-treatment products on the market.

Boy sitting in muddy grassYou can also use the following mixture of detergent and ammonia as a pre-treatment:

Measure the amount of detergent needed for the load. Take a small amount of the detergent and mix with regular household ammonia (the non-sudsing type) to form a paste and apply to the stained area. Let stand for five to 10 minutes, then launder as usual using the hottest water allowable for the garment.

Before you try these treatments, remember to test for colorfastness before using any stain removal agent. To test for colorfastness, simply apply a small amount of the product to an unexposed area of the garment. Let stand for about five minutes, then rinse. If the color is affected, don’t use the stain removal agent.

You may also check the label on your laundry detergent, as many detergents give step-by-step pre-treatment instructions.

For best results, take your muddy clothing to Utopia Cleaners. We are more than happy to remove mud stains or other stains and return the clothing to you clean and ready to wear. Visit a Utopia Cleaners near you or call 617-695-3778 for laundry pickup and delivery service.