If you have young children in your home, you’re probably familiar with slime. Kids love the stuff. From glittery neon slime to fluffy cloud slime, children can spend hours squishing that ooze between their fingers… and into your carpets. It’s all fun and games until you have to clean that sticky slime out of the carpet fibers in your living room.
Even if the slime fad is starting to die down — or the substance is banned at your house — there may be lingering evidence that slime used to be the most popular arts and crafts project in your home. Those colorful, crusty stains covering your wall-to-wall carpet may seem like a nightmare to get rid of. Maybe you scrubbed one of those slime drop zone and made it worse. Fortunately, getting slime out of your carpet is simple once you know how to do it.
How to get slime out of your carpet
Getting slime out of your carpet isn’t about determination and elbow grease; it’s about using the right tools: vinegar and a spoon.
Here’s what you need
You just need a few things to clean stains from homemade slime that use school glue and food coloring:
- White vinegar
- Warm water
- Cleaning towels
- Vacuum cleaner
- Container to mix your cleaning solution (reuse for removing stain)
- Sponge (optional)
- Spray bottle (optional)
Prepare your cleaning solution
Combine your warm water and white vinegar — roughly two parts vinegar and one part water. The exact measurements aren’t crucial; the purpose is to dilute the white vinegar. White vinegar is great because it works as a solvent to break up the slime, and it won’t damage or stain carpet fibers.
Pour your water-vinegar cleaning solution into a spray bottle if you have one. You can pour the cleaning solution directly onto the stain, the problem with this method is that it takes longer for the spot to dry thoroughly. If you’re curious to know why a carpet looks worse after cleaning, keep reading and see Why Does Your Carpet Look Dirty After Cleaning? on our article. Your carpet may appear unclean even after being cleaned using a portable carpet cleaner for a few different reasons.
Cleaning the slime our of the carpet
- Spray the stain if you have a spray bottle; if not, use a sponge or rag to soak up cleaning mixture and apply it to the spot.
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes. The longer the stain has been there, the longer you need to let the solution sit.
- Use a spoon to gently loosen and scoop up the slime — put the waste in a container to throw away.
- Blot the area with an absorbent cleaning rag or towel.
- Take a clean towel and pat dry the area.
- Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned the slime out of the fibers, your carpet probably smells like vinegar. You can rinse the area with hot water (spraying with water and blotting dry with a towel) or use a general purpose carpet cleaner to help with the odor if you wish
Remove any excess liquid with a dry towel and vacuum the area once you’re done cleaning.
Is it time to get your carpets cleaned?
After getting the slime out of your carpets you may notice that the spot is cleaner than the rest of your wall-to-wall carpet. It may be time to hire a professional carpet cleaning service.
Get a free online quote for carpet cleaning, or call 479-621-6788, for carpet cleaning service in Northwest Arkansas.