Slime is all the rage these days! You cannot go into a toy store, grocery store, or whatever without there being some cheap slime or some kind of silly putty for sale!
This is nothing new as a kid, I remember having Ghostbusters Slime…. That got all over the sofa and carpet. So as a parent I know how you are filled with terror when you see your child playing with slime.
The good news is that while gross, slime, and silly putty do not mean a death sentence for your carpet.
Today I am sharing with you how to get silly putty or slime out of your carpet. Of course, the easiest way is for the government to ban slime or silly putty, but that does not look like it is going to happen.
How To Remove Silly Putty From Your Carpet
Here are a few different ways that you can get rid of silly putty from your carpet.
Freezing The Silly Putty
The first thing you need is a bag of ice. A ziplock bag with enough ice in it to cover the whole area of the silly putty is what you need. Place the bag of ice on the silly putty and leave it for a few hours.
If the ice starts to melt change it, you want that silly putty more frozen than a dinosaur in the ice age!
Once the silly putty is frozen, use a knife, hammer, Iron Man action figure or whatever you have to break up the silly putty. The more it breaks up the easier it is to get off the carpet. Make sure you have a garbage can with you as you do this so you can throw the hardened bits of silly putty straight into it before the kids start messing around with it or the dog eats it.
Get a cup of warm water and put in two spoonfuls of washing detergent, make sure it is not filled with bleach or other nasty chemicals that are going to do more damage to the carpet than the silly putty.
Use a cotton ball or a washcloth and soak it in the cup. Use this to cover the area that the silly putty stain is on. Leave it on there for 20 to 30 minutes and soak in real good.
Use a towel or paper towels to pick up all the detergent that you have used.
Now you should be able to use a damp cloth to clean up the remaining detergent and the silly putty should come up with it.
If the stain remains, or if you have left it a while and it is really stubborn, just keep repeating the process until it is done.
Ban silly putty from the house and avoid the aisle that sells it when you are shopping with the kids!
Using Nail Polish Remover/Rubbing Alcohol
Get your acetone nail polish remover out of your case (or you can use rubbing alcohol). Do not use expensive stuff, the cheap stuff will do!
Give a cotton ball or a towel a real good soaking of the solution. And blot the silly putty with it. Now in your anger, you may be tempted to punch the silly putty with the solution. This is not necessary, just make sure the whole area is covered.
You can now use a knife to scrape away the silly putty, if it does not all come up the first time, repeat the process and curse the person who invented silly putty as you do!
How To Remove Slime From Your Carpet
It looks gross, smells gross, feels gross and it is even worse when there is a big stain of it in the middle of your living room carpet.
Remove the slime before you do anything. The first reaction is to grab a baby wipe or a wet towel and start scrubbing with Hulk-like strength. STOP! Do not do this! Before you do anything, get a spoon and scrape off the excess slime that is sitting on top. This slime is not actually touching the carpet and if you try to wipe it away, you will make an even bigger stain.
If the slime is dry, you can then use a vacuum, more powerful vacuums can rip the slime right out of the carpet, which I am not going to lie is very satisfying when it happens. Just make sure that the slime is dry first.
There are a few different things that you can use to get rid of the stain the slime has left. Elbow grease and soap have proven to be effective. But if you are looking for a less intensive way try something like vinegar, goo remover, citrus solvent, rubbing alcohol, and WD-40.
The easiest one to use is something like rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar and WD-40. These can be sprayed onto the slime and you do not have to worry about them wrecking your carpet.
Let the solution sit on the slime for at least 15 minutes. Use an old towel to them wipe away the slime and the stain should come away with it. If you have left your solution of choice on there long enough, you should not even need to use much elbow grease to get the stain off.
If the stain is still there, repeat the process.
Once you get rid of that horrible slime stain as well as all the slime that your child has. You can then use some hot water to clean any remaining cleaning solution off the carpet.
Let the carpet air dry and the only stain will be the one in your memory of the mess your kid made when they were playing with slime.
Prevention Is Key
Look no matter how many times you yell “we are never getting slime or silly putty again” you know that eventually the kids will break you down or one of the grandparents will buy it!
The key is to make sure the kids know that playing with slime or silly putty has a set of rules. Only use a tea tray or playing on a table is a great way to lessen the chance of the carpet getting covered in it!
Also, make sure they know to tell you right away if it does get on the carpet, the last thing you want is to try and clean up silly putty that has been on their bedroom carpet for a week!