Children are mostly at home right now, and it is essential to find ways to engage them indoors. Other than electronics, one of the other main things children enjoy doing is making slime. It is a great way to occupy their time and do something away from the screen. However, it has one major challenge that drives most parents mad, and that is because it is messy. Many parents have gone a step further and banned slime making in the house, especially after finding it all over their carpet.
If you would still like your children to enjoy slime without having to deal with the mess, the best way is to learn natural methods to clean it. It is quite stressful trying to get it out of carpets, especially the plush kind, but it is not impossible. There are many easy ways of doing this without having to buy unique products and equipment. All you need are everyday items that you will find in your pantry. Read on to find out new ways of getting out slime from your carpet.
How do you clean different types of slime?
The first step of any cleaning process is to understand what you are cleaning so you can choose the best products for the job. You can buy readymade slime from the store or make some at home from scratch. Depending on the type, the cleaning procedure is also a bit different.
Store-bought tends to be more stable hence more comfortable to clean since you don’t have to worry about color separation or glitters falling off. Homemade slime, on the other hand, may not be as stable, so when you clean, you may need to use different methods. It is also essential to consider the glue used. Most household products, such as alcohol and vinegar, can dissolve most glue. However, some types may require a bit more effort, so don’t give up if it doesn’t come off.
With this knowledge, you can start cleaning, but before you use any products, you need to get rid of what you can. For starters, it is a good idea to remove what you can see and lift off the carpet. Use a blunt knife, spoon or spoon handle to scrape off the slime from the carpet. Don’t force it too much since this could damage the fabric, especially if it is plush. Also, be careful not to spread it out, which may cause it to dry and make the actual cleaning much harder.
You can also use ice cubes to freeze the slime on the carpet to make it easier to scrape off. This may work in some instances, especially if it is not spread out. Leave some ice on the areas with slime for at least ten minutes, remove and use a spoon to get rid of the frozen particles. You may then vacuum the pieces but don’t use the brush attachment. This could damage your carpet unnecessarily if the slime isn’t completely frozen. Also, ensure that the slime is well dried and frozen so as not to block your machine.
How to remove slime from carpet
It is essential to go through the pre-cleaning steps as it will go a long way in making your work easier. In some cases, that alone will get rid of all the slime. If you still have some leftover on the carpet after this, then you may need to try some more interventions.
The crucial thing to remember when trying out the methods below is to be careful not to damage your carpet. Also, don’t use products such as gasoline that will affect carpet backing. Some common types of solvents that you may think to use may affect your mats. This is why you should always do a spot test on anything you wish to try. It helps ensure that even if the product is wrong, you won’t have a considerable stain where visible hence forcing you to spend a lot fixing it.
The cleaning methods discussed below are mostly safe for all types of carpet. However, the number one rule remains that you should do a spot test. If one way fails, you can always try the others, and you are sure to find something that gets rid of the problem.
Cleaning using vinegar
Vinegar is one of the best nonchemical cleaners you could ever use for our carpets. It works on most stains without damaging the fabric in any way. Depending on the type of marks, you can use this important ingredient in various ways. When cleaning leftover slime, there are three ways you may do it, depending on how tough it is and what you have available. For this, you will need:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Warm water
- Sponge/toothbrush/dry cloth/butter knife
One of the most straightforward ways of using vinegar is by soaking the spot with vinegar. You will need a bit more than what is enough to make it just wet. Leave this on the carpet for at least 10 minutes, then use a brush or a sponge to remove the slime particles. You may also use a blunt knife then finish with the cloth. However, if the slime is stuck in the fibers, this may not work so you can try out the other
Make a mixture of white vinegar and warm water and pour this onto the areas with the remaining slime. Slime is not soluble in water, but the temperature of the water makes it easier to separate from the carpet fibers. Vinegar helps in softening the slime so you can easily scrape the stain using a brush, a dry cloth, or a butter knife if it’s easier. Allow this mixture to sit on the carpet for about 15 minutes before you start agitating the slime. Use the dry cloth to get rid of any remaining particles and pat dry.
This is the most effective way of the three since it uses a mix of baking soda and vinegar. While you can make the mixture separately and pour on to the carpet, this reduces its effectiveness. It is best to spread the baking soda on the mat, followed by the white vinegar. The chemical reaction is what you need as it will pull the slime off the fabric.
Allow this mixture to sit on the carpet for about five minutes; then you can remove using a dry cloth or sponge. If the slime doesn’t come off entirely, you can repeat the process until you achieve the desired result. Rinse the sponge in warm water and use it to remove any baking soda residue then pat dry using a cloth.
Cleaning using club soda
Club soda is another great agent that you can use for cleaning various stains on your carpet. While it may seem odd to use something you would drink, it has crucial ingredients that make it the perfect cleaning agent. You will require:
- Club soda
- Butter knife
- Spray bottle
- Dry cloth
- Warm water
The amount of club soda you use depends on how much slime you need to clean. However, you can start with about three cups in a spray bottle. The liquid has carbonic acid that is great at eating through the slime, similar to vinegar. Spray on the spot generously and give it about five minutes for the acid to work on the stain.
If there are big chunks of slime, you can scrape using the butter knife then follow this with a dry cloth. Repeat the process if the stain doesn’t come off quickly until your carpet is clean. Spray some warm water on the carpet to get rid of the club soda then use a cloth to dry it up.
Cleaning using dishwashing soap
Dishwashing soap is a super cleaner that won’t damage your carpets. It is excellent since it cuts through any kind of slime while getting rid of dye residue. In this case, you will need the following:
- Liquid dishwashing soap
- Warm water
- Dry cloth
- Spray bottle
- Butter knife
Use a tablespoonful of dishwashing soap in two cups of warm water and mix in a spray bottle. Ensure that you don’t use too much soap as cleaning it off may take more time. Spray the mixture generously on the carpet and start cleaning the slime off using a sponge. Repeat this until all the stain is clear.
Rinse the sponge in some warm water and dab on the carpet to remove soap residue. Use a dry cloth to soak up all the extra moisture. You may use a vacuum to finish up, but ensure that all the slime is gone to avoid blocking your cleaner.
Cleaning using Hydrogen peroxide
In some cases, the above methods may not work, especially if the slime has melted into the carpet. You will need something a little more substantial and hydrogen peroxide is your best bet. It is an excellent cleaner and disinfectant for carpets and most upholstery, so it will get the job done. To use this, you require:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dry cloth
- Spray bottle
- Warm water
In the spray bottle, mix four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in half a cup of warm water. Use this to spray on to the carpet and make it wet enough. Let it rest for five to ten minutes then use the sponge to remove the slime from your carpet. You can continue to spray as you scrub to make your work easier. If the stain isn’t coming off, sprinkle some more of the mixture on the fabric and let it rest for five more minutes.
Once all the slime is out, dip the sponge in some water and use it to rinse the carpet. If you are satisfied with the results, take a dry cloth and dab on the carpet to dry.
How to get rid of dye residue from the carpet
Depending on the type of slime that caused the stain, you may have some leftover dye that is unsightly. Using hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to get rid of the spot will usually take care of the color as well. However, in some cases, you may not get perfect results, so you will need to use rubbing alcohol. To do this, you require:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Vacuum cleaner
The alcohol is prone to staining some types of carpet, so in this case, it is crucial to do a spot test before proceeding. Another thing you should be careful about is using too much since it may remove the carpet backing.
Wet the sponge with rubbing alcohol and carefully dab on the stain, ensuring that you don’t soak the carpet. Repeat this severally until all the dye is out then vacuum clean to finish. You may also use this method to remove the slime so you won’t have to deal with the color later. The process remains the same, although you may need to use more effort.
If you use dishwashing soap or club soda to clean the slime and you have dye residue on the carpet, you can use the vinegar and warm water solution or with baking soda to remove the color. The procedure is the same as eliminating slime using a sponge. Ensure that you rinse any product residue so that it may not stain.
The above methods are guaranteed to take care of your slime problem adequately if you follow all the instructions. It is worth noting that the exercise may not be easy, so don’t give up when you don’t see immediate results. Either repeat the same process or apply any of the other methods that are more effective such as using vinegar and baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. However, remember always to clean any stains on your carpet as soon as possible. It will make your job easier and it is better for your mat. You should also consider placing a cover on the surface when your children are playing with slime to avoid any staining.