Easy, Non-Toxic Slime Removal Tips
Kids love slime, it is squishy, and it is so much fun to make. You can’t blame them since life is to be enjoyed.
In an age where kids hardly have enough time to play outside, slime offers an opportunity to get messy, and this may explain why they can’t get enough of it.
However, while slime is fun to play with for kids, it is not fun to clean up for adults. Slime is messy, and dried slime can stain your carpets, fabric, and furniture.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to remove slime from your carpet. In this article, we have provided a step-by-step guide to show you how to get slime off your carpet.
3 Steps to Removing Slime from your Carpet
Step 1: Scrape Away AS Much Slime As You Can
Use a spoon or a paint scraper to gently remove the slime. Start scrapping from outside the puddle and work your way to the center. Remove as much loose slime as you can. Repeat this process until you have removed all the loose slime. Don’t be too aggressive when scraping the carpet, so you won’t rip up the carpet fibers. Remember to be gentle.
Step 2: Get Your White Distilled Vinegar
Most slimes contain glue that gets stuck in your carpet fibers and vinegar will help break it down. Pour a ⅔ cup of your standard white vinegar and mix with ⅓ cup of water. Let the mixture soak for 10 minutes and then pour it on the slime-covered areas of your carpet. After letting the vinegar work its magic for about three minutes, scrub the area with a scrubbing brush. Again, don’t be overly aggressive. Only apply sufficient pressure to loosen the slime from the carpet. After the stained area has been scrubbed out, vacuum up the remaining bits of slime in your carpet fibers with a Spot Scrubber.
Step 3: Let The Slime Spots Dry and Set Up A Fan
You don’t want mold on your carpets, so you need to make sure you dry your carpet after removing the slime. Place a fan next to the cleaned-out area and leave it there for 20 to 40 hours. The more soaked your carpet is, the longer it will take for it to dry.
What if Slime coloring remains on your Carpet?
After scrubbing the slime off your carpet, you may notice that the slime color is still on your carpet.
Removing this is easy, and you can use any standard carpet cleaning solution. The OxyClean Stain Remover is highly recommended.
Apply the solution to the stained-spot and let it soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Then pat the area with a clean, dry towel until you have successfully removed all the coloring.
Also, make sure you thoroughly rinse out the solution to prevent it from bleaching out your carpet.
If the slime color remains, try rubbing alcohol on the spot. Only use small amounts and rinse with water.
If the color still remains after you have applied a cleaning solution and alcohol, use hydrogen peroxide (3%). However, if you use a wool carpet, please never try putting hydrogen peroxide on your carpet. It will bleach your carpet.
A List Of Cleaning Supplies You'll Need...
This article has provided you with a simple guide to help you get slime out of your carpet with items you already have available at home.
However, if after following all the steps outlined above, and you still have slime or coloring on your carpet, it is time to get the help of experts.
Professional carpet cleaners like Brownstown Carpet Cleaning have more solutions and carpet cleaning machines to remove stubborn stains from your carpet.
We serve Brownstown, Gibraltar, Flat Rock, and other downriver communities. Our experts are well-trained and we provide quick and professional cleaning. Call us today, 734-821-6667.
Frequently Asked Questions
Slime is designed to be sticky and gooey, and when it dries, it can adhere firmly to carpet fibers, making it difficult to remove. Moreover, most slimes contain glue, which adds to their adhesive nature, particularly binding with carpet fibers.
For best results, it is recommended to use white distilled vinegar. This type of vinegar effectively breaks down the glue in slime without risking any color transfer or staining that might come from using colored or flavored vinegars.
While a paint scraper or spoon is recommended for its flat and flexible blade which provides a greater surface area for effective slime removal, you can also use any flat-edged tool, like a credit card, to scrape off the slime gently.
What should I do if I don’t have the OxyClean Stain Remover or any other carpet cleaning solution at home?
If you don’t have a specific carpet cleaning solution, you can try using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (3%) for spot treatment. However, be cautious and avoid using hydrogen peroxide on wool carpets as it may bleach them. Always test a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first before applying any solution to a larger, more visible area.
While it’s difficult to prevent kids from playing with and occasionally spilling slime, you can set designated areas for slime play, such as tiled floors or tabletops that are easier to clean. Additionally, laying down a plastic sheet or old bedsheet can provide an additional layer of protection for your carpet or furniture during slime playtime.