How To Get Slime Out Of Carpet

So, your kid has joined the YouTube craze and is playing with slime. It was on their Christmas list, they’ve tried making it themselves, and they have made messes with it in every room in the house. 

Luckily, it’s easy to get slime out of tile and laminate flooring. However, carpet is another story. But do not dismay. With a little work and know-how, your carpet will be good as new again soon. Here’ what you need to know.

Types Of Slime

How To Get Slime Out Of CarpetView in gallery

Before we get into removing slime from carpet, we need to go over the different types of slime. Different variations require different strategies. You need to know what you’re working with before you get started.

Classic Slime

Classic slime is thick and holds intentions. It is durable and is often the type that is sold in stores. This type of slime doesn’t usually stick to carpet unless stepped on, but if it does, most of it will come out with a bit of scraping.

View in gallery

Butter Slime

Butter slime doesn’t have butter in it, but it is slick and smooth. It is similar in texture to putty, which is slippery and stretches well. It also pops when folded over like gum. Butter slime sticks to carpet fairly easily. 

Sugar Slime

Sugar slimes are crunchy in texture. They feel like they have tiny beads inside and often sounds like packed snow when you squeeze them. Sugar slime doesn’t usually stick to carpet too bad because of the texture but some variations will harden and become quite difficult to deal with. 

Cloud Slime

Cloud slime is a dream for adults. It isn’t too sticky, but rather fluffy like meringue. It doesn’t stick to surfaces too bad but rolls off of them like fluffy clay. You hope your kid has cloud slime. Or Icee slime, which is similar, with instant snow in it.

Jelly Or Clear Slime

Jelly slimes have a clear base and are similar to the slime used in Flarp and on Nickelodeon. It is a disaster when it gets stuck in carpet and is one of the hardest to remove. Hope that your kid doesn’t get jelly slime. 

Other Slimes

There are many more types of slime but most of them are related to one of the previously mentioned slimes. Adding glitter and other ingredients don’t change the effect that the slime has on carpet by much. 

Watching An Expert At Work

This video is a perfect example of how to get slime out of carpet. As you can see, this mom starts out with vinegar and saturates the stain well. She then scrapes the carpet and removes any excess slime or vinegar. 

Then, she adds hot water and keeps on scraping. This saturates the stain again and is simply another method used in removing slime, which we’ll learn about later.

Her final step isn’t necessary but it ensures a deep clean. She uses a standard carpet cleaner to remove any leftover remnants of slime in her carpet. The results are amazing. This method will work for most slime stains. 

Other Ways To Get Slime Out Of Carpet

View in gallery

The method mentioned in the video is tried and true, but it’s not the only option. If you want to use only one method to clean the slime out of your carpet, one of these options will probably suit you just fine.

Hot Water

This is by far the safest way to get slime out of carpet and works well for mild incidents. However, hot water alone won’t remove all slime stains so unless your slime isn’t in deep, you’ll probably need to add something else. 

What You’ll Need

  • Warm water
  • Blunt knife
  • Vacuum
  • Sponge
  • Dry rag

The first thing you’ll do is loosen the slime with the knife. Then you’ll vacuum up those pieces. After that, you can start using the sponge to saturate the area with warm, almost hot water. Let it set for a minute before drying. Repeat as many times as necessary. 

Club Soda

This second method is great if water doesn’t quite do the trick. It’s completely safe and fun, because who doesn’t love watching carbonation at work? However, not everyone has club soda lying around.

What You’ll Need

  • Club soda
  • Blunt knife
  • Vacuum
  • Dry rag

This method is exactly the same as the water method only uses club soda instead of water. Scrape off everything you can, then vacuum it up. From there, you will wet the area with club soda and let it soak. Then wet with water and dry. 

Rubbing Alcohol

View in gallery

Rubbing alcohol is more likely to work than the previous methods but it is also more dangerous. It can actually break down the bottom layers of your carpet, leaving a hole in the slime’s absence. That’s not coo. But if the method works, it works well. 

What You’ll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Blunt knife
  • Vacuum
  • Dry cloth

This method is very similar to other methods. The biggest difference is that you can’t let the alcohol set or go too deep. A great way to find out if it will ruin your carpet is to find a place no one will see and try it out. 

Vinegar And Baking Soda

This is probably the most common way. Everyone has these ingredients lying around. Vinegar is magic in itself but if you add baking soda, you add texture and a chemical reaction that works wonders. 

What You’ll Need

  • Blunt knife
  • Vacuum
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Sponge
  • A dry cloth or paper towels

You’ll want to break up any large chunks first. Then you can sprinkle baking soda on the stain. Pour vinegar on the baking soda and let it soak for a few minutes. The longer, the better, but no more than twenty minutes is needed. 

Finally, use a sponge to wet the spot and clean up the mixture. All that’s left is to dry it and see what you’re left with. If this works but doesn’t do the trick completely, try it again before giving up. 

Dish Soap

View in gallery

Dish soap is great for removing grease and other stains on dishes, but it has many uses outside the kitchen too. A good dish soap can work as well as alcohol when removing stains and breaking down materials. 

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tsp clear unscented liquid dish soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Clean dry cloth
  • Blunt knife
  • Vacuum

Start off by scraping the excess just like before and vacuum it up good. Then, spray the area with a Dawn and water mixture. Wipe it with water and repeat until the stain is gone. Afterward, dry the area.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Only use this method on light-colored carpets and only after you’ve tested it on an area that is hidden. Test it just like you’re removing a stain, only give it about an hour and see if it damages the carpet. 

What You’ll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Scraping tool
  • 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Dry towel

Spray with a peroxide mixture that has been mixed with water. Let it set for five minutes to soak up the slime. Then wash it with a wet cloth. Repeat as necessary, drying the area when finished. 

When The Slime Is Dry

You should try to remove slime from carpet as soon as possible. But when you’re a parent, it’s hard to keep tabs on everything. If the slime does harden, then don’t worry, it’s still possible to get it out of your carpet. 

Ice Ice, Baby

The easiest method for getting dry slime out of carpet involves ice. You’ll put ice on the area and let it sit until the slime is frozen. Then, break the slime with a pick or similar tool. After you do, you can use the same methods as mentioned above to finish the job. 

Let The Mixture Set 

You can also let the mixtures set for twice as long as you would with wet slime. This will break down the slime and allow you to remove it. When using harsh ingredients, don’t let it set more than five minutes unless tested previously. 

Scrubbing Brush

A scrubbing brush is helpful for removing slime, especially when that slime is dry. Apply the solution and scrub, scrub, scrub. This is a great way to help the process but shoudln’t be done with harsh solutions. 

Chemical Solutions

Nobody wants to use harsh chemicals unless necessary. But if all else fails, you may have to. A standard carpet cleaner won’t harm your carpet and isn’t strong enough to harm a human. However, it isn’t always enough.

Something stronger like OxyClean may do the trick. Use as instructed, much like the other methods. It will almost always work, especially if other methods have failed but have helped break down the slime. 

Whatever you do, don’t get overhwelmed. If all else fails, you can call a professional and they can have it done in no time at all. But of course, you’ll want to try your own ways first, which will work 90% of the time. So go ahead and give them a try!