As lovely as autumn is, with the leaves changing colour and the days getting cooler, this time of year can be really quite disastrous for the cleanliness of our houses and places of business. The rains inevitably come down in buckets from October onwards, which means that people come tramping in and out of buildings with soaking wet feet, more often than not covered in mud and dirt. Which is all especially bad for our carpets. If you want to make sure that your carpets stand the test of time, you need to know how to keep them clean - and getting the mud out of them during autumn and winter is definitely a key part of this. If you are unlucky enough to come across a big mud stain on your rug or carpet, don't panic. Simply mix some handwash or washing up liquid in with some warm water and, using a clean white cloth, sponge the affected area. Carry on blotting until all the liquid has been absorbed and then repeat these steps until the stain has gone. Once done, sponge over again with cold water and blot it until it's dry. Of course, if you work in a very busy office you are unlikely to have time to do this yourself, which is where professional Kensington carpet cleaning companies really come into their own. With just a little bit of help, you can stay on top of the cleaning this season and make sure your homes and offices stay spick and span till spring.