Playing with slime is an activity that kids love and parents dread. This squishy toy has been a favourite pastime of kids in different generations, but parents hate cleaning up after the mess. Oftentimes, they stick to places where we absolutely don’t want them. For instance, carpets have fibres that slime can easily cling on too. Tugging the slime off of the fibres can damage the carpet, but having it professionally cleaned can cost some money.
Luckily, there are different ways on how to remove sticky slime out of carpets with the least damage as possible and without breaking the bank. From easy-to-find items to heavy-duty formulations, this list will cover the best methods to clean up the mess in less than an hour.
Sofas and curtains, too, can easily become slimed, and will need the sticky stuff removed.
Surprisingly, something as simple as using hot water can solve your problem in a matter of minutes. To do this, prepare a bucket of warm water, a dry cloth, a sponge, and any scraping tool you can find at home, such as a butter knife. Start scraping off the large chunks as gently as possible. Then, soak the sponge in warm water and dampen the stained area. Let it sit for about a minute. Once the remaining slime has loosened up, use the dry cloth to absorb the water and start picking off the slime gently.
Vinegar and baking soda
Considered staples in many at-home science experiments, vinegar and baking soda are also useful in cleaning tough stains. Combining these two results in a power chemical reaction that most stains, even slime, are no match for. For this, you’ll need a cup of baking soda, 2 cups of white vinegar, any scraping tool, warm water, a sponge, and a dry cloth. Scrape off large pieces of slime. Once all residue is removed, sprinkle some baking soda on the stained area and spray vinegar on it. Wait for the baking soda to react and let it sit for about five minutes. Dampen the sponge with warm water and wipe the vinegar and baking soda off the carpet. If there is still some slime residue left, repeat the process. Dry the spot using a cloth.
Dishwashing soap can work wonders in cleaning the kitchen, so it shouldn’t be a surprise if this can be used to remove slime effectively from the carpet. For this method, you’ll need dishwashing soap (any brand will do, but some prefer using clear unscented soap), a spray bottle, a sponge, any scraping tool, warm water, and a dry cloth. In a spray bottle, mix a teaspoon of dishwashing soap and 2 cups of warm water. Scrape off large pieces of slime, and spray the area with the solution. Use the sponge to wipe off the slime. Do so until all residue is gone. Rinse the sponge and dab it at the spot to remove the soapy water. Dry off the carpet with a cloth.
Removing slime from the carpet can be a nightmare if you don’t know how to do it properly. But if you follow our tips, then you’ll know what to do the next time your little one causes another slime accident!