When slime gets stuck on your carpet, it’s imperative that you act quickly. Discard as much of the excess slime as you can. You can then use either a solution made up one part water to two parts white vinegar or try two teaspoons of dish soap mixed into two cups of warm water. You can also use baking soda with your vinegar and water solution. Other effective slime removal methods include using ice cubes, carpet cleaner, club soda, or Goo Gone. And if all else fails, a professional carpet cleaning company’s got you covered!
Slime is a squishy material made from borax, white glue, and water that can be used for both science projects and arts and craft time. With its array of neon-bright colors and glitter, children everywhere love the gummy substance. For parents, it’s often their worst nightmare, especially when it gets stuck to their carpet.
Below are a couple of tried-and-true methods you can utilize if you find yourself with the sticky substance stuck to your carpet.
Vinegar & Water Method
- After you’ve disposed of any excess slime, use a spoon or butter knife to scrape up the excess. Be careful not to press too hard as it can push the substance even deeper into your carpet fibers.
- Mix a solution of one part water with two parts white vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which will help dissolve the slime that is left in your carpet.
- Spray the stain with your vinegar solution and let it sit 5-10 minutes. If the stain is stubborn, add a little bit of rubbing alcohol to your solution to speed up the process.
- Once the stain dissolves, use a clean white towel or paper towel to gently blot the area and pick up the rest of the slime. Repeat if necessary.
- If the vinegar scent is too strong, use a fresh towel and blot the spot with water to rinse.
- Vacuum over the spot to pick up any loose bits. This will help dry and fluff your carpet, restoring it to normal.
- Tip: Try “cleaning” vinegar over “distilled” vinegar if you want a higher concentration of acetic acid.
Dish Soap Method
- Dispose of any excess slime, then gently use a spoon or butter knife to scrape up the rest.
- Mix two teaspoons of dish soap with two cups of warm water and pour into a spray bottle.
- Spray your cleaning solution onto the stain and let it sit 2-4 minutes.
- Spray the stain once more, then use a sponge or clean rag to dab up the slime particles.
- Once the slime has been cleaned up, dab the stain a final time with warm water.
- Use paper towels to sop up any dish soap suds. Allow to air dry.
- Vacuum over the spot to pick up loose bits.
Baking Soda & Vinegar Method
- After disposing of excess slime, mix two parts white vinegar with one part water and pour into a spray bottle.
- Sprinkle baking soda onto the stain, then spray over that with your vinegar and water solution.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Use a scrub brush to clean the stain and wipe up the extra baking soda and slime particles with a paper towel.
- Use a clean cloth to dab warm water onto the spot, then allow it to dry.
- Once it’s dry, go over the area with a vacuum.
Ice Cube Method
- This technique is best used when the slime is still fresh. After removing the excess, place several ice cubes or an ice pack to the stain to freeze it.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Scrape the slime out of the carpet with a butter knife. Allow it to dry.
- Vacuum over the spot.
Carpet Cleaner Method
- Be sure to follow the instructions on the back of the can.
- After removing excess slime, coat the stain with the foaming cleanser and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Using a nylon brush or sponge dipped in warm water, gently scrub the spot in small circles.
- Sop up any remaining suds with a clean towel and allow to dry.
- Vacuum remaining particles.
Club Soda Method
- After removing excess slime, sprinkle club soda onto the stain and let it sit for approximately 5 minutes.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to blot up the excess club soda. If the stain is still being stubborn after blotting, then scrubbing should do the trick. Allow to dry.
- Vacuum up any leftover particles.
- Once you’ve removed the excess slime, apply Goo Gone to the stain and scrub with a nylon brush to loosen it.
- Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Finish by going over the stain with a vacuum to remove any particles that may remain.
Professional Carpet Cleaners
If none of these methods work, and you’re still left with a stubborn stain and residue, then you need to call your local professional carpet cleaning company. The experts at Safe-Dry have the equipment, experience, and knowledge to confidently remove the slime from your carpet.
- Find their local office.
- Book online or give them a call to schedule an appointment.
- Have a certified technician out to your home the same day.
- If that stain reappears a few days later, then call back to take advantage of their 15-day guarantee.
Safe-Dry promises to eliminate that slime from your carpet to your complete satisfaction, no matter what.