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Slimes are fun toys for kids, but once they accidentally dropped and forgot them on the carpet, it’s when the fun stops. You don’t have to rip out the carpet though! We will show you how to get slime out of carpets in a few easy steps without leaving any trace or damage.
How To Get Slime Out Of Carpets: The Vinegar Solution
Washable glue makes up the majority of slime products. They are non-toxic and safe for kids. However, when they get stuck and dried on the carpet, removing them can be a real challenge.
That being said, for a slime that has not entirely dried out, it does not take a genius to remove it out of the carpet. Any average person can do it in less than an hour or so. It should not be performed by children, though, because some solutions contain harmful chemicals.
The Basic Method
Here are the materials you need to remove it:
- Warm water
- Soft brush
- Paper towel
Vinegar is cheap and easy to use for this task. It is readily available in home kitchens. Many homeowners prefer this method for taking slime out of the carpet because it is safe and easy.
- Do a spot test on the carpet to check if it causes discoloration. If it does, look for other alternatives.
- Combine 1/3 cup of warm water with 2/3 cup of vinegar. Place it in a spray bottle for easy application.
- Spray the solution on the slime-stained spot.
- Allow the solution to soak in the carpet. It should start dissolving the slime.
- Use a soft brush to help loosen the slime up from the carpet.
- Try to remove as much as you can. Brush it sideward, instead of downward, to prevent the slime from getting pushed further into the carpet.
- If there is still quite a bit left in between the fibers, repeat the process.
- If the slime leaves a discoloration on the carpet, use OxiClean. This liquid solution removes the stain from the carpet.
- Finally, when the carpet is dry, vacuum it.
The Alternative Method
There is another easy way to remove the slime while it is still liquid. It would be best if you had the following materials and solutions before doing the task:
- Paper towels
- Dishwashing soap
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
To do this method, here is the step-by-step process:
- Use a spoon to scrape off the liquid slime. Do not scrape vigorously to prevent damage to the carpet or the slime to be pushed further into the fibers of the rug.
- Empty the spoon using a piece of paper towel.
- Pour the vinegar directly on the slime.
- Brush and rub to remove the remaining pieces of slime.
- After removing the slime, there may be discoloration or stain left on the carpet. Pour hot water on the stained spot. Do not pour in too much water as it might get into the thicker layer of the carpet.
- With the use of a significant amount of paper towels, dry the carpet thoroughly.
- If there is still a bit of the slime color, you need to mix up the water-vinegar solution and dishwater soap in a bottle spray.
- Spray the solution on the stained area.
- Blot the area using a piece of cloth.
- If it doesn’t remove the stain, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol alternately with water. Avoid using too much of the liquid as it might penetrate deeper into the carpet.
- If there is still stain, apply one or a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
- Do a spot test before using this solution as it might discolor or bleach the carpet.
- After 15 minutes, blot and rinse with water.
- Let it dry and vacuum.
How To Get Slime Out Of Carpets: The Ice Solution
It is advisable to remove the slime out of carpet immediately. However, there are many times that you don’t notice it right away until it completely dries out. Dry slime is harder to remove from the carpet. Try the following ice solution to help you with the task.
In this method, you only need some ice and a bit of patience. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Apply the ice on top of the slime.
- Avoid pushing the slime into the carpet.
- Let the ice sit on the slime for 10 minutes or until it’s frozen.
- Pick up or break the frozen slime out of the carpet.
- Once you remove the slime, there may be a bit of stain left, so apply the vinegar method above to remove the rest of the unwanted element.
How To Make Natural Cleaning Agents: The Alternatives
In addition to the solutions mentioned above, you can try some natural cleaning agents as an alternative. Make sure that each solution will not damage the carpet.
Sodium Bicarbonate-Laundry Detergent Solution
- One tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate
- One tablespoon of laundry detergent
- Approximately 300 ml of hot water
- About 70 ml of vinegar
Mix all the ingredients and spray on the stained spot. Leave it to dry, and vacuum.
Alcoholic Vinegar Solution
- 1/3 parts of alcoholic vinegar
- 2/3 parts of water
Mix the ingredients. Soak a towel in the solution and use it to wipe the stain out, and then lay the towel over the stain and quickly pass a lightly heated iron over it. The vinegar and water are known to absorb the stain.
Dish Soap-Starch Flour Solution
- Three tablespoons of grated dish soap
- 250 grams of starch flour
Mix the ingredients. Rub it over the carpet for several minutes, and then vacuum to remove the debris.
Apple Cider Vinegar Solution
- Three deciliters of apple cider vinegar
- Seven deciliters of lemon juice
- Essential oil drops
- ½ liter of water
- One tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate
Mix the ingredients well in one container. Stir and dip a brush into it, and then gently brush the stain. This solution does not create foam. After it dries off, vacuum the area.
It is not the end of the carpet’s life once slime gets stuck or dries on it. There are a lot of simple methods to solve this particular carpet stain problem. Always keep two things in mind: to do a spot test to prevent discoloration and to prevent a downward motion when rubbing the stained area.
Cleaning and maintaining the quality of the carpet is not a simple task, but it is a crucial errand that pays off well.