Slime is very likely a favorite toy of yours or someone who roams around your house quite often. What can we say, this gooey and stretchy paddle of joy took over people’s hearts all over the world. Little do we know when buying it, that later when being thrown or dropped on the carpet, slime evolves from a harmless toy to a terrific disaster.
That is why here just for you we collected different methods of how to get slime out of carpet and return it to its original state.
Vinegar, carpet cleaner, dish soap, and alcohol are your very best friends in your battle with slime. To clean the mess up, arm yourself up with a little TLC, a lot of patience, and the right cleaning solutions. To make the process slightly more comfortable, add to your slime-free equipment kit the following: a sturdy scrub brush (you can substitute it with a toothbrush that you no longer use), and paper towels. Even if the slime has dried up, you can get it out with or without a spot scrubber.
- First of all, try to scrape up most of the slime; the less you leave for the cleaning solution the more efficient it can do its job. We recommend you use a spatula, a butter knife, or you can deal with it using your fingers only; whichever you prefer.
- Second, apply the cleaning solution on the spot with the remaining slime, whether it is dry or not. Give it a moment to sit, about a minute will do.
- Then, without pushing the slime into the fibers, be gentle when you scrub your carpet; it is way more difficult to get it out of there. Remove the intruder with a sponge, a rag, some paper towels.
- Reapply the cleaning solution and repeat steps 2 and 3 until all the slime is removed.
- Get rid of any excess moisture left on the carpet with some paper towels, a clean rag, or a sponge.
- Dry your carpet as usual (make sure to dry it thoroughly), and go over it with a vacuum cleaner or a spot cleaner.
The main point is, never panic when the slime accidentally (or on the purpose of someone) hits your carpet. Dry or still wet, slime is possible to be taken out completely. The amount and variety of the tools that you use will depend on the type of the carpet and the amount of the slime, but it’s easy to save your home decor from this vicious paddle. Keep reading and learn more with us about how to remove slime from carpet, we have a bunch of helpful solutions for you.
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Slime can be home-made or commercial; either way, its nature will not stop it from getting into the carpet. Quick thinking can save you a lot of trouble in case if you saw with your own eyes the catastrophe happening. Having a spot scrubber on hand will make your task relatively easy; but you can manage it with a wagon of patience and a pinch of hard effort.
If you don’t have a spot scrubber and need to clean your carpet by hand, here are some items you will find handy for the procedure:
- A spatula, or a suitable scrapping substitute
- A tool for gentle application (we will give techniques that use a spraying bottle, but a sponge can do too)
- A scrub brush (if you don’t have one, look for an old toothbrush – it can do the same job just fine)
- An absorbent rag, or some paper towels (we suggest you take an empty bucket for the discharge if you choose the rag)
- A vacuum cleaner
As we mentioned before, whatever cleaning solution you decided to use, it is best to lift manually as much of the slime as possible, before applying the solution. Once you understand that no more slime can be got out manually, apply some warm water to the slime and the surrounding area (no need to soak the whole carpet in the solution though), and let it sit for some time, 15 to 30 minutes will do.
When the timer is out, it’s your turn to scrub the smile off with the scrubbing brush or an old toothbrush to lift it and loosen it from the fibers.
If you find the slime in the dried-up state, almost rock-solid, spraying it with some warm water before getting to manual techniques and agitating a bit will ease the removal process; once done, apply the paper towels or a rag. Then you can proceed with the cleaning using the solution as described above, or clean the slime stain with a spot scrubber or vacuum until the result matches your expectations.
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How do I get slime out of the carpet with rubbing alcohol?
Have we told you to remove as much of slime as possible manually before applying cleansing solutions? The same goes for alcohol too. Be careful not to dig into the carpet’s fibers and not to get the slime even deeper into it. Apply alcohol on the remaining slime and leave it for some time. You can follow it up by cleaning with a sponge or cloth to remove the slime. If you decide to vacuum the carpet to conclude the cleaning procedure, let the area dry first.
How to clean slime out of the carpet with baking soda?
Baking soda found a bunch of fans thanks for its cleaning capacities, however, it does have one catch – it only works properly in tandem with vinegar. Surely, it can help you remove the slime from the carpet too. But first – preparations: the first thing you need scrape it up, second – apply some warm water, and then agitate the area a little bit – all as you have learned already.
Once you are done with the preparations, generously powder baking soda on the area of the “battle” and rub it in gently. Then, spray the soda-covered area with vinegar and enjoy the show as the two substances react. When you think the reaction is over (or at least slowed down enough to not be efficient anymore), get rid of the formed foam together with the slime from the carpet using a paper towel or a dampened rag. Let the carpet dry, and feel free to vacuum it to ensure the successful removal of the in.
How to remove slime from the carpet using club soda?
Sounds tempting but hardly possible, doesn’t it? Let us reassure you, it can do the job just fine. Don’t forget the preparations (manually removing part of slime and smoothening it with some water), and you are ready to begin. Fill a spray bottle with club soda, it will ensure accurate and gentle application and spritz down all of the slime stains that you can find.
Leave it alone there for five minutes or more, then clean the area with paper towels or a rag. Feel free to repeat the procedure if you encounter any difficulties with the slime removal.
The magic trick is that the carbonic acid in club soda breaks the slime and makes it easier to remove. As disastrous as it is for your health when you drink it, used for cleaning club soda can come in quite handy.
How do you get slime out of the carpet with hydrogen peroxide?
This magic potion can become an alternative way to your clean carpet, but be careful: hydrogen peroxide has strong bleaching capabilities. We suggest you test the patch on the carpet with it before using it in such a serious mission as removing slime.
Thus, if you have run the test and your carpet fiber reacted normally (or did not react), or if by chance your carpet is white and bleaching is what it has been asking for for a while now, or if the bleached area looks good on the test tissue and now you feel like getting the same one on your carpet too, here is what to do.
Take three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, then take half of a cup of water, and mix them in the spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the slime and give it at least five minutes to sit. When the time’s up, blot the area with a sponge, or paper towels, or dampened cloth. If you still see some of the slimes on the fibers, repeat the process two or more times.
How to clean slime out of the carpet with apple cider vinegar?
As you might have understood, many things we store in our kitchens and sometimes use for cooking can help with cleaning too. Apple cider joins our ranks of slime fighters with pride. To activate this hero, mix together 1/3 cup of warm water with 2/3 cup of apple cider (of the same cup) and put the resulting potion in a spray bottle or bucket. Spray the solution on the area affected, wait a couple of minutes and use a soft brush to brush the slime away gently.
As in all other cases, we encourage you to wat the area with a rag and to let it dry before vacuuming the carpet. Also, as previously, if you find some slime remaining in the fibers after the procedure, please feel free to repeat it as many times as you would like.
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How to get slime out of a carpet using dish detergent?
Dish detergent is another thing you will surely find in your kitchen that can come in handy in cleaning stuff other than dishes too. To use it on slime, mix together one teaspoon of liquid dish soap and two cups of warm water, then pour the mixture in a spray bottle or bucket (we would insist on a spray bottle though since it makes the application more delicate and precise). If you feel like playing hard, you can add some vinegar to your potion to make it stronger (but do not add too much!) before applying the mixture.
After it sits for some time, blot the area with a clean rag, as you did before. You can help yourself with a sponge or a toothbrush to clean it up.
Is dried slime stuck forever on my carpet?
Removing dry slime from the carpet is harder than getting rid of the wet one, but still possible. You have a wide range of instruments to complete the mission: diluted vinegar, a citrus solvent, alcohol, all of them are approximately equally good at removing slime. But since the slime is dry in this case, we recommend you to leave the solution of your choice on the slime stain for at least 15 minutes to do the work. Again, please test the solution on the patch beforehand, so that you make sure to not damage the fibers or the color.
With any of the solutions, as previously, you can use a clean rag to wipe up the slime; ideally, if the chosen solution worked and had enough time to sit, there will be no need to scrub the slime off. You can always reapply the solution if needed as many times as you find useful. Once finished, rinse the rest of the solution off with warm (or hot) water, then blot it dry, leave the carpet to rest and air dry for some time, and vacuum it to get the best result.
All in all, getting slime might look like a complete disaster at the beginning, but it is not a crisis without a solution for you to get stressed about. Even when the case is slightly more complex, with the slime being dried, or sitting there for a long period of time, a proper effort, a tiny piece of chemical magic, and a pinch of patience will do an amazing job helping you remove it.