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How To Remove Slime From Carpet

How To Remove Slime From Carpet

It is no secret that kids are obsessed with playing slime these days. If your kid is one of them. Then, you are well known for how messy slime can be.

Somehow if your carpet has fallen victim to the slime, get ready for some elbow grease. It is hard to scrape the slime if it has made its way to the carpet fibers. It is even tough to remove when it dries.

You don’t need to replace the carpet, however. It is possible to bring life out of your damaged carpet.

Things To Remember

Cleaning carpet depends on its material. There are two types of carpet fibers: synthetic and natural fibers. Synthetics are less prone to stains. Natural fibers are expensive and are stubborn with spots.

  • Address the spill as soon as possible.
  • Avoid harsh cleaning agents on natural fibers. It will lighten and soil the carpet.
  • Use approved stain remover for expensive carpet material.
  • Avoid scraping the slime with a sharp tool.

Strategies To Remove Slime From Carpet

Here are some best ways to remove slime from the carpet. You can also get rid of the slime from your clothes, furniture, and walls with the following solutions.

Apply Ice Cubes

If the slime is still fresh. Try applying ice cubes or ice packs to the damaged area. It will freeze up the slime. Making it easy to scrape. Here are some best ways to remove slime from the carpet.

You will need:

  • ice cubes or ice packs
  • scraping tool
  • vacuum
  • dry cloth

Steps:

  1. Start by removing the slime as much as you can.
  2. Apply ice or ice pack and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. After it becomes breakable, scrape the slime with a butter knife or anything blunt.
  4. You can use a vacuum cleaner to clean the remaining slime. Allow it to dry before vacuuming.

Use Hot Water

This is another safe strategy to get the slime out of your carpet. Warm water melts the slime making it easy to wipe.

 You will need:

  •  a bowl of warm water
  •  a blunt scraping tool 
  • a clean rag
  • a sponge. 

Steps:

  1. Scrape the slime with a blunt knife.
  2. Secondly, vacuum the area with a vacuum cleaner.
  3. Dip the sponge in the warm water and put it in the damaged area.
  4. Let it sit for a few minutes
  5. Repeat the process if necessary.

Spray Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution

Spray Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution on Damaged Area

Distilled white vinegar and baking soda solution is an effective way to remove slime from the carpet. It is handy when the slime dries. Mix vinegar and warm water if baking soda is not available.

You will need :

  • a bowl of warm water
  • scraping tool
  • baking soda
  • white distilled vinegar 
  • a spray bottle
  • a clean towel

Steps:

  1. Mix one part of the vinegar and two parts of warm water.
  2. Put the solution in a spray bottle.
  3. Sprinkle some baking soda over the damaged area
  4. Spray the vinegar and water solution over it.
  5. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Wipe the area after the baking soda dries and harden
  7. Scrape the residue with a blunt knife
  8. Let it air dry.
  9. Vacuum the remaining residue after a few hours

Use Liquid Dish Soap

Use Liquid Dish Soap To Clean the Carpet

Easily found in any household, liquid dish soap can do wonders when it comes to removing stains from your carpet. Dish soap is non-abrasive and acts as an anti-bacterial agent.

You will need :

  • a liquid dish soap
  • a bowl of warm water 
  • a spray bottle
  • a sponge
  • a butter knife

Steps:

  1. Add one spoon of liquid dish soap and two cups of water to a bowl.
  2. Put the solution in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the solution in the area.
  4. Wipe it with clean water
  5. Dry with a clean micro-fiber cloth

Apply Isopropyl Alcohol

Apply Isopropyl Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is another great method to get the sticky slime out of your carpet. You have to test it before using it. As the alcohol can break down some fibers of the carpet. 

You will need:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • a clean rag
  • spray bottle
  • Scraping tool

Steps:

  1. Spray the alcohol onto the area.
  2. Let it sit for a minute. Don’t let the alcohol go too deep.
  3. Dry the area with a clean rag.

Use Club Soda

use club soda

If you have a club soda lying in your refrigerator. It can be a handy trick. The carbonation melts the slime out of the carpet. It is a good idea to test the product before use.

You will need 

  • Club soda 
  • Butter knife 
  • Dry cloth.
  • Vacuum cleaner

Steps:

  1. First of all, scrape the slime with a butter knife.
  2. Vacuum the area
  3. Wet the area with club soda
  4. Let it sit enough to notice fizzy bubbles.
  5. After soaking the area, pour water on it.
  6. Dry the area thoroughly.

Cleaning Solutions You Can Purchase

You can opt for cleaning products if the vinegar and dish soap solutions do not do any miracle to your carpet. With proper precautions and application, you can use the below products.

Hydrogen peroxide

Use peroxide on the light-colored carpet as it could bleach other colored carpets. If you have access to hydrogen peroxide in your household. The stains and odor can be gone with the perfect amount of peroxide.
Not sure about it? You can test it before applying.

Steps

  1. Make a solution of 3 spoons of peroxide and ½ cup of warm water.
  2. Put the solution in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the mixture in the area
  4. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Wash the area with a sponge
  6. With a clean towel, absorb the remaining peroxide mixture.

WD-40

If you have your hand on the WD-40. It will help you to remove dried slime from your carpet or rug. However, if you don’t have it, you can purchase the product from the nearest hardware store. Better to take caution while using it as it is inflammable.

Steps:

  1. Spray WD-40 directly on the carpet.
  2. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes
  3. Use a clean towel to wipe away the slime.
  4. With the help of warm water, rinse the area.
  5. Again use a clean, dry towel to dry the area.
  6. Let the area air dry.
  7. Repeat the process if there is residue.

Goo Gone

You can apply Goo Gone onto the stain if you have one in your household. Like WD-40 it is available in hardware stores. This product breaks down the adhesive of the slime or anything gooey. 

Steps:

  1. Apply the product onto the stain.
  2. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Scrub the residue with a scrubbing tool.
  4. Dry with a clean, dry towel.

Tips for Removing Slime Stains From the Carpet

Colorful slime is made of food colors. It is easy to remove the slime color from your carpet. When cleaning stains, try doing it outside of the spot to the center. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. If there is still a stain left after cleaning.

  • You can use bleach if your carpet is white. 
  • If not, you can apply the vinegar and warm water solution to the area. 
  • Use dishwashing soap and vinegar solution, to bid the stubborn stain goodbye.
  • Try rubbing a small amount of alcohol if the color remains.
  • Hydrogen peroxide is also convenient with proper precautions. Use 3 percent of peroxide onto the stain. Don’t let it sit over 15 minutes. Gently scrub the area with a clean towel and rinse it with water.

Final Solution if the Slime Stains Do Not Go Away

Final Solution if the Slime Stains Do Not Go Away

If your elbow grease does not show any results. You can try other cleaning solutions. You can buy or rent carpet cleaner machines from hardware stores. Renting a carpet cleaner is the best option if you know how to use it. 

Another possible way to clean your carpet from slime stains is to hire a professional carpet cleaner. They have a variety of techniques to clean the carpet like steam cleaning, dry cleaning, bonnet cleaning, carpet shampooing, and encapsulation. They are effective ways to remove not only slime but wine, adhesive and paint from the carpet.

Before you throw away your carpets and buy a new one. Save your expenses and try to consider renting or hiring carpet cleaners.

Bottom Line

It is better to use natural cleaning products to clean slimy slime out of your rug. Ice, hot water, baking soda, and white distilled vinegar are most effective if you do not want to damage your carpet.