Dirt is the number one culprit for spots on your carpet. If you want to cut down on dirt being tracked in from outside you can place non-skid nylon mats by each exterior door. You might consider a “no shoes” rule or have separate “indoor shoes” for your family if your carpet is new or light colored.
Vacuuming regularly can rid your carpets of loose dirt but in heavy traffic areas it may not be enough as the dirt gets ground in to the carpet it may not completely be moved by vacuuming. You should vacuum frequently and thoroughly; passing over high traffic areas slowly and repeatedly.
Dirt’s messier cousin is mud, you can clean mud just like you clean dirt; just let it dry completely before you begin.
What to do if you have dirt stains on your carpet?
- Remove any large clumps of dirt with a paper towel and then vacuum thoroughly, going over the spot several times.
- Mix a soap and water solution using either carpet shampoo or a very mild dish soap. You should use 1/2 teaspoon of soap for 2 cups of warm water.
- Apply that mixture to the stain, cover the area with a clean towel and “massage” (don’t rub) the area by pressing the towel downward all over the area the towel is covering.
- Remove the towel. Rinse the area with clean water and apply a fresh towel.
- Repeat the downward pressing motion until the towel is wet. Then switch it for a dry towel. Continue this until the area is completely dry.