If you’ve been chatting to other Mums and Dads at your child’s school, you may have heard that mud stains are difficult to get out of school uniforms, but removing mud stains from clothes – even white shirts – can be quick and easy once you know how. Just remember to always check the care labels on your garment before attempting stain removal. |
The problem with mud stains is that to tackle them effectively we need to forget everything we thought we knew about doing the laundry. We’re always told to clean stains as soon as they happen for best results, but when it comes to mud, there’s no rush (which is good news for busy parents!). In fact, mud stains are actually much easier to treat when they’ve been allowed to dry, as wet mud can spread quickly.
No matter what type of clothing you’re dealing with – school shirts, muddy trouser knees, and so on – the first step towards removing mud stains should be to let the stain dry and then get rid of as much of the dirt as possible before washing. You can do this by using a spoon to lift away any big areas of soil, and an old toothbrush to wipe away the excess. The next step will depend upon the type of material so here’s a handy guide to help you out:
How to Remove Mud Stains from White Clothing
Brown muddy stains can really stand out on a brilliant white school shirt, which is why it’s important to tackle that stain head on. Persil small & mighty Bio really packs a punch, and can be used as both a pre-treatment and as a laundry detergent – ideal for helping to get rid of those unsightly soil marks.
How to Get Mud Stains Out of Coloured Clothing
Coloured clothing can be treated in a similar way to white clothing – with a pre-treatment that loosens the stain and helps lift the soil particles away from the fibres, and then with a cycle in the washing machine to remove any stubborn patches.
Removing Mud Stains from Delicate Clothing
If you’re dealing with delicates, such as warm, woolly school jumpers, it’s best to take things gently. When you’re scraping away the dried mud, try not to dig into the fabric with the spoon, and use the spoon in an up-and-down motion rather than pulling across the fibres. Apply a touch of methylated spirits (you can buy this at the chemist) to the stain, which can help break down the soil particles (be sure to test on an inconspicuous area first, and keep your work area well ventilated by opening the windows).
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