How to Get Red Clay Out of Carpet


Red clay is a type of moist soil that gets its color from iron oxide. Walking through red clay and then onto your carpet can leave a ghastly stain. Luckily, however, this stain doesn't have to ruin your carpet. You can remove most red clay stains if you treat them properly. The removal of a red clay stain from your carpet will improve the look of your room and make your carpet a clean, attractive area once again.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Dish soap
  • Cloths
  • Vinegar
  • Refrain from treating the stain until the red clay is completely dry.

  • Sweep larger pieces of dried clay into a dustpan and discard them.

  • Vacuum the area to remove more of the clay sediment.

  • Combine 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap with 1 cup water and mix well.

  • Moisten a clean, white cloth with the soapy water and use it to dab the stain.

  • Blot the area dry with a dry, white cloth.

  • Moisten a white cloth with white vinegar and dab the stain again.

  • Blot the area dry once more.

  • Continue dabbing the stain with vinegar or soapy water and blotting it dry until there is no sign of the red clay.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not rub the stain, as this can damage carpet fibers and make the stain harder to remove.


  • Photo Credit clay image by Pavel Korsun from
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