For some reason, I find Autumn mud and muck so much more annoying than the mud and puddles you find in the Spring. Maybe it's because the mud is usually combined with snow and slush, or because you can't leave the door open when you clean out your entry, since the temperatures are too low. Whatever the reason, I'm not a mud fan.
Over the years I've encountered some funny family theories for dealing with getting mud out of rugs and carpets. Have you tried spraying shaving cream on fresh mud that's worked its way into your entry rugs? My uncle swears that if you leave it on for at least 10 minutes, and then blot it, the mud will come out. My mom, on the other hand, says that sprinkling cornstarch on mud works best for her. The cornstarch should be left on for 30 minutes or more, and then the whole mess can be vacuumed up.
Of course, the best way to deal with mud is to stop it before it impacts your floors, rugs, and carpets. I've rounded up some great bristle-laden mats, boot trays, and more to help you keep the mud outside, where it belongs. To see my finds,