Slime is a favorite among kids, but once it gets on the carpet, it can turn into a parent’s worst nightmare.
Fortunately, if your carpet or rugs become contaminated with the slime, they won’t be completely destroyed. To spare you the added stress, we’ve provided a straightforward, step-by-step tutorial on how to remove slime from carpet and rugs.
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How To Get Slime Out Of Carpet
Ice Cubes: Applying ice or ice packs for 10 to 15 minutes will freeze the slime if it has just been spilled, allowing you to scrape it out of the carpet and vacuum it up.
Results: The effectiveness of this one shocked me. After melting the ice, I discovered watery goop in the carpet and assumed the situation would only get worse, but it came up easily and didn’t appear to have any color leftover. It looked great after vacuuming and letting it dry.
Regular Carpet Cleaner: I used carpet cleaner as directed on the packaging.
Results: I let the carpet cleaner sit for about five minutes before using a sponge dipped in warm water to scrub in small circular motions. Even after using both the green scouring side and the soft, spongey side, the color was still somewhat blue. Although rehydrating the sponge water seemed to help, there was still some blue buildup. The carpet cleaner also produced soap suds that I had to wipe up with a towel. The last few pieces of blue slime stuck in the carpet appeared to be removed by the vacuum.
Club Soda: By using the back of a butter knife to scrape away as much slime as you can, then vacuuming up the loose particles, you can remove more slime. After about five minutes, apply club soda to the stain. Remove any extra soda water by blotting with a cloth.
Results: It required scrubbing even after being blotted with a cloth. The sponge’s green scouring side was effective.
Goo Gone: Apply Goo Gone to the stain and scrub with a brush to loosen. Before vacuuming, give it 10 to 15 minutes.
Results: This method left the most slime behind, and vacuuming didn’t help either. Goo Gone also left the carpet feeling greasy, much like WD-40 had. However, it had a pleasant scent because Goo Gone has an orange scent.
Baking Soda and Vinegar: In a ratio of 2:1, combine vinegar and water. Spray vinegar and water on the area that has slime before sprinkling baking soda over it. After 10 minutes, use a scrub brush to remove the stain and remove any remaining slime and baking soda particles with a paper towel. Before vacuuming, dab the stain with warm water, let it dry, and then repeat.
WD-40: Spray the WD-40 on the slime and let it sit for a few minutes. Brush-cleanse, then dab with warm water and sponge-blot.
Results: After brushing, I blotted the area with a sponge and warm water, but the slime that had become ingrained in the fibers was completely immobile. After vacuuming, the majority of the blue particles were removed, but the carpet still felt incredibly oily and had a strong WD-40 odor. A glaring greasy spot was visible on the back of the carpet when I moved it. WD-40 worked, but it doesn’t seem worth the risk of damaging your carpet padding or having to put up with the smell and oily feel.
Results: The fizz that baking soda and vinegar produce is something I think I’ll always enjoy. Unfortunately, the spot that was cleaned with vinegar and baking soda seemed to be a little brighter than the surrounding carpet after vacuuming and drying.
Vinegar and Water: Put two parts vinegar and one part warm water in a mixture. Spray on the stain, then work the slime out of the carpet using a soft brush. Dab the stain with a dry paper towel. Vacuum it once dry.
Results: The stain seemed to disappear right away after brushing it. After brushing, some of the blue tint was still present, but it was gone after the carpet dried and was vacuumed.
Dish Soap: Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of warm water and 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap. Wait 2-4 minutes after spraying the stain. Spray the stain once more, then use a sponge or rag to wipe away the slime fragments. After removing the stain and slime, dab it with warm water one last time before letting it air dry.
Results: For this method, I used a dish soap made from plants without any dyes. It worked just as well as ice or vinegar and water, but because it was dish soap, I had to clean up the suds with a paper towel because they were soapy.
6 Steps To Get Slime Out Of Carpet
How do you remove slime from carpet? Have you ever wondered that? You only need to know the following technique to remove slime from carpet, which is thankfully simpler than you might think.
Step 1: Use a paint scraper or knife to gently scrape any extra slime off the carpet.
With as much loose slime as you can scrape off, start at the edge of the slime puddle and work your way inward toward the center.
Step 2: Combine a mixture of 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar and 1/3 cup warm water.
Vinegar is required to dissolve most slimes because they typically include borax and glue as ingredients. Pour just enough of this mixture onto the slime to completely cover the stain while avoiding oversaturating the carpet. You might want to give the mixture an additional 10–15 minutes to soak in if the slime appears to be deeply embedded in the carpet fibers or has dried on the carpet.
Step 3: Scrub the carpet with a scrub brush to remove the slime.
Be careful not to damage your carpet’s fibers as you apply pressure, as this will cause the slime to start breaking up and separating from the carpet.
Step 4: Pat the area dry with a fresh, dry towel.
Repeat the above procedures to get rid of any remaining slime in your carpet. You can continue to Step 6 if all of the slime has been eliminated and no color is visible.
Step 5 (optional): If the slime left a colored dye on your carpet, use an OxyClean spot treatment solution.
After letting the solution stand for 1 to 5 minutes, gently blot it with a clean cloth to remove any remaining color.
Step 6: Vacuum the area after the carpet has dried.
By doing this, you can restore the best appearance to your carpet by removing any last traces of slime that may have gotten stuck in the fibers.
How To Get Dried Slime Out Of Carpet
The most difficult stains to remove are those caused by dried slime.
Luckily, there are a few ways to do so:
Rubbing And Scrubbing
In order to remove dried slime, you might need to put in a little extra effort. All you have to do is use a stiff brush to scrub at the dried slime until it starts to liquefy. You can vacuum it up after it has relaxed. Use a bristle brush to assist the process if the stain is not too deeply set.
Use A Putty Knife
You might have to use a putty knife to get dried-up slime out of your carpet (the particularly difficult kind).
Use the putty knife to gently scrape the slime until it comes out. During the process, take care not to harm your carpet. If a putty knife is not available, try using a spoon or the smallest, bluntest knife from your high-quality knife set (e.g., butter knife) instead.
Put The Almighty Vinegar To Use
Vinegar is a natural cleaning product that works wonders on just about anything in your house, from shower doors to travel blenders. Naturally, it can also aid in the decomposition of slime.
Let’s see how!
The White Vinegar Method
It’s truly easy to get a slime stain out of a carpet using white vinegar:
- Apply a solution made by combining one part vinegar with one part water to the affected area.
- Allow it to sit for roughly 15 minutes.
- With a fresh cloth, wipe it away.
It might take several attempts to completely remove the slime.
If you have pets, use this method with extra caution. Animals that consume vinegar may suffer negative effects. So, just to be on the safe side, it might be best to clean your carpet with soap, water, or club soda.
Additional Tips To Get Sticky Slime Out Of Your Carpet
- As soon as you can, remove the slime. When cleaning slime, speed is everything. Slime should not be allowed to dry and adhere firmly to your carpet’s fibers. Therefore, act right away to remove slime more effectively and conveniently. Don’t wait.
- Avoid being aggressive with the carpet. Be patient and gentle when scrubbing so as not to harm your carpet.
- It is preferable to test commercial cleaners on a small, discrete area of your carpet or clothing before using them to remove slime from fabric. You’ll prevent harm by doing this.
- To reduce the possibility of mold growing on your carpet and floors, don’t use too much water.
- To prevent bleach stains on your carpet (especially if it is colored), choose a non-bleach cleaner.
Slime stains don’t necessarily have to be a hassle to get rid of, even though it may seem impossible with the right knowledge of what to do and a few readily available natural cleaning agents.