Slime is one of those fads that has become all the rage again. Slime concoctions are popping back up on toy store shelves and homemade slime recipes are seen all over the internet: from YouTube to Pinterest to Facebook to Blogs.
Kids of all ages are loving slime, especially making their own concoctions at home. From basic slime tinted in their favorite hue to fairy and mermaid slime full of rainbow colors and sparkles; and now edible slime. Yes, that’s right there are slime recipes popping up with edible ingredients (because mom hasn’t had her fill of the toy variety, right?
We agree, slime is fun sensory play and there are SOME educational/ developmental benefits to playing with slime.What isn’t fun is finding slime mess throughout the home from spills in the kitchen to slime in the carpet.
Watch out if this stuff hits your carpet it can send you into a panic. Upon trying to remove the slime from your carpet you may find that slime is a bit tricky to remove, especially the homemade stuff. Don’t worry; there is a way to get the gooey stuff out of your floors with the following cleaning tips.
Steps to Removing Slime From Carpet
Most homemade slime is glue based so to attack the goop hanging onto your carpet fibers grab some:
- white distilled vinegar
- a spoon
- some white rags or plenty of plain white paper towels
- Begin by pouring a generous (but not too generous) amount of vinegar directly onto the slime. The vinegar should start to break down the glue in the slime and there will be a milky sort of puddle in the carpet.
- Take the spoon and begin to gently scrape the slime and vinegar “soup” from the carpet fibers.
- Empty the spoon onto a towel folded several times or into a bowl. It will take several spoonfuls before the slime is scraped from the carpet fibers. Be careful not to scrape too vigorously or you could damage your floors permanently.
- When there is no more liquid goop to scrape up from the carpet it is time to rinse the remains. Heat up some water in a tea pot or just run it through your coffee maker, without the coffee of course. We know its hard to resist a pot of coffee here in the northwest, but your carpet needs help, you can enjoy a celebratory cup after you get the slime cleaned up. With the hot, not boiling, water rinse out the remaining residue in the carpet. Again only pour what you need don’t over saturate your carpet it can lead to larger problems like mold.
- Use plenty of dry towels to get as much water back out of the carpet as possible. Be sure to rinse all of the vinegar and small bits of goo from the carpet.
- If there is remaining color in your carpet move to the next section below, if the slime is out, continue to step seven.
- Place some more towels on the area and weight down with books overnight or get the hair dryer out and use the cool setting to get the carpet as dry as possible to avoid prolonged moisture in your carpet.
Removing any Left Behind Color from Slime
After rinsing with hot water, you may notice that the slime color is still left in the carpet. Do not worry that it is there to stay for all eternity. Simply follow up with your most trusted all purpose carpet cleaning agent. Any all-purpose carpet cleaner that you can find at the store will do, some people swear by using an Oxy Clean spot treatment solution.
We like to use green home remedies on spots whenever possible.
The color in homemade slime is food coloring so we suggest removing any remaining color in the carpet with a home remedy for food color removal.
– First, mix up some mild hand dishwashing soap and water with some vinegar. If you used red dye switch out the vinegar for ammonia.
- Gently blot on the stain using a clean piece of cloth each time until no more color is lifted into the cloth.
- If color remains after the dish soap treatment try small amounts of rubbing alcohol alternated with water. Be very careful only to use very small amounts.
- If the color is still hanging onto the carpet use a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide gently and very lightly applied to the stain. Let it sit for about 15 min to an hour depending upon color saturation. Blot gently with a cloth and rinse with water. Be very careful with hydrogen peroxide on your carpet it can act as a bleaching agent. Test it on an unseen area for colorfastness first.
If you have tried all of the above steps and there is still slime or color on your floors it is time to call in a professional carpet cleaner. Some stubborn stains just need to be hit with expert care.