How to Get Slime Out of Carpet
Whenever we tackle a job like figuring out how to remove slime from carpet, we want to start with the lowest-strength option that can get the job done. The goal is to clean the carpet without damaging it, and the best way to ensure that we keep our carpet clean and unharmed is to use just enough cleaning power to wash out the Flarp Slime or other gooey messes. Fortunately, you have all of the ingredients to create a safe, easy-to-make home carpet cleaner at your house.
In this section, we dive into the best and safest slime removal methods. We look at techniques that include water, club soda, vinegar and baking soda, liquid dish soap, and rubbing alcohol. These options will get playdough out of carpet and clean slime out of a rug, and won’t leave a trace afterward.
As soon as you notice a slime stain, even a small one, get to action right away. In order to safely get the slime out of the carpet, a pre-cleaning is required.
Collecting as much of the product means having less to clean later. The best tool for the job could be either a spoon or a knife. Be gentle, so you don’t spread the slime and create a bigger stain. If the slime is still wet, a paper towel or baby wipes may help with the cleaning.
In case the slime stain is already dry and old, you may need a little more force to remove the substance from the carpet. Apply a couple of ice cubes over it. Let them sit on the spot until the slime freezes. This should take around 10-15 minutes. Once the slime is frozen you should be able to scrape it easily. Use a vacuum cleaner, once you are done to collect all small pieces from the fabric.
Warning: It is important to be sure that the slime is completely dry before using the machine, otherwise the slime will clog it. Also, never try to wash slime, even a small amount, down the drain or you will have extra work on your hands.
Cleaning slime the toxin-free way
An easy way to get slime out of a carpet and an eco-friendly one is with vinegar. As an acid, it has the power to dissolve the slime from any fabric and prevent permanent staining. You just need to get yourself:
- A spray bottle
- A clean scrubbing brush
- Dishwashing liquid
- A dry towel
Start by preparing a 2:1 cleaning solution of vinegar and lukewarm water in the spray bottle. You may find suggestions on pouring vinegar directly onto the stain, however, this may not be good for the carpet, especially for more delicate types. It is safer to test with a mixed solution first.
Once you are done pre-treating the stain and eliminating all the excess slime, generously spray the stain and let the solution work for at least 5 minutes. You should be able to notice the slime getting dissolved and that’s when you can try scrubbing gently with the brush without pressing too hard. Then blot with the towel for absorbing the liquid.
Sometimes you may have to repeat the whole procedure more than once, so feel free to repeat until it fully disappears. If the vinegar smell bothers you, just wash the area with water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Leave the carpet to dry or speed up the process with a hairdryer.
Other slime cleaning methods
If the slime stain in your carpet is old and stubborn, using vinegar may not be as effective as other cleaning methods. When mixing the solution, replace the vinegar with rubbing alcohol, WD40 or hydrogen peroxide These can come in handy for cleaning some common stains on the carpets, as well. Follow the same steps stated in the cleaning method above.
Removing any Left Behind Colour
After removing the stain with the cleaning solution, you may notice that the slime colour is still showing off from the carpet. Especially if the slime is black, blue or green in colour.
How to remove the leftover colour from store-bought slime
If the slime is store-bought, use an all-purpose carpet cleaning detergent and spot-treat the leftover stain. Spray it with the detergent and leave it for a couple of minutes. Use a microfiber cloth and blot the stain until it’s completely removed.
How to remove the leftover colour from homemade slime
If the slime is homemade and the colour is achieved with food colouring, it’s best if you treat the stain with homemade detergent for food colour removal.
- Create a mixture
Mix dishwashing some with a tablespoon of vinegar and warm water. If you used red or another bright food colouring for the slime, replace the vinegar and add ammonia instead.
- Treat the stain
Pour the mixture over the stain. Leave it to soak in for 3 minutes.
- Blot the stain
Use a microfiber cloth and blot gently the spot. The colour should stain the cloth you’re using. Use different sides from the fabric to avoid spreading the colour back into the stain. Continue blotting until no more colour is left on the carpet.
If this cleaning method isn’t working (this may happen if the stain has been on the caret for too long), try using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for 30 minutes on the carpet. Blot with a clot and rinse with water.
Warning: Be very careful with the hydrogen peroxide, it can act like a bleacher on certain materials. We recommend you to test it on a small, unseen area first, before pouring it over the stain.
How to remove stubborn glitter slime from carpet
Most of the popular slimes out there contain glitter. If your stain is from that kind of slime, have in mind that it’ll be harder to remove. After removing the stain, wait until the spot is dry. Start vacuuming the area, but expect that you’ll need to go over the same area a couple of times. Glitter has tiny particles, which are very sticky.
You can also use some masking or sticky tape and wrap it around your hand with the sticky side out. Then pat the area with the glitter using your hand. Change the tape if needed and repeat the procedure until there is no more glitter left on the carpet.
Try Using Hot Water
Sometimes, all you need to figure out how to get slime off of carpet is plain old water and elbow grease. Slime is usually not water soluble, but when you combine a bit of scraping with some old-fashioned rinsing action, you’d be amazed at the results. You can use water as a high traffic carpet cleaner every day and not harm your carpet.
Use the butter knife to gently break up and scrape out large pieces of slime. Vacuum a few times as you work to lift out loose chunks.
Once you’ve removed all the slime you can with the knife, soak the sponge in water and blot the stain. The heat will loosen the remaining slime. Once the water sits for a minute, blot the area with the dry cloth until the water is gone.
Clean Your Carpet with Club Soda
This method of cleaning slime is similar to cleaning your carpet with water, but club soda gives your cleaning power a bit of a kick. Club soda contains carbonic acid, which acts as a mild cleaning agent and eats away at the silly putty or slime stains on rugs to make them easier to clean. If water doesn’t get the job done, club soda might do the trick.
Use the scraping tool to break apart the slime, and vacuum to remove excess slime. Continue scraping and vacuuming until you can’t clear away any more debris. Fill the spray bottle with club soda, and spray the stain thoroughly.
Let the club soda sit on the carpet stain for at least five minutes, then blot the area with the cloth. You can also use this remedy to clean slime and stains from mattress pads and blankets.
Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Slime
Isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol, is a fantastic go-to cleaning agent. When you clean with rubbing alcohol, you add a powerful cleaner to your arsenal and can use it to get your silvery jewelry sparkling and make your baseboards pristine and beautiful.
Alcohol can stain some fabrics, though, so test this cleaning solution on an out-of-the-way spot before using it on your carpet stain. Never allow rubbing alcohol to come in contact with the carpet backing, as it can damage it.
Alcohol Slime Cleaner
- 2 cups rubbing alcohol
- Blunt scraper
Scrape and vacuum away large debris until you can’t get any more slime out of the carpet. Then, wet the sponge with undiluted rubbing alcohol and carefully blot the stain.
Repeat, cleaning the sponge as needed, until the stain has lifted out of the carpet. Let the spot air dry for a few hours before walking on it.
Use Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda are some of the most well-used and loved household cleaning products around. Vinegar contains acetic acid and eats away at grime and stains. And, when you combine vinegar with baking soda, you get an energetic and powerful reaction that you can use to clean away all sorts of stains. The two products make a great DIY carpet freshener, and they’ll do a number on your slime stains, too.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Slime Cleaner
- Blunt scraping tool
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups white vinegar
- Bucket of warm water
- A dry cloth or paper towels
Break up any large slime pieces with the scraper, and vacuum the area. Repeat until all residue is gone. Then, sprinkle baking soda on the stain. Pour vinegar into the spray bottle, and spray the stain until the area is wet and the baking soda reacts.
Let the mixture sit on the slime stain for at least five minutes and blot the stain with the sponge. Repeat the blotting until the stain is gone. Clean the sponge and soak it in the water, blot the stain until you’ve lifted out all vinegar and baking soda, and dry the spot with the cloth.
How to Get Slime Out of Carpet Without Vinegar
If you are looking for a method of removing slime from carpet that does not involve using vinegar, then give rubbing alcohol a try. Pour the rubbing alcohol directly on the affected area and scrub with a scrub brush. Rinse with a wet cloth. Let dry completely and then vacuum.
WD-40 can also be used in the place of vinegar and can be applied directly to the stain. Just make sure when using either the rubbing alcohol or the WD-40 that you test a small inconspicuous area first to make sure it does not discolor your carpet.