You probably already know what is the famous “slime”. I mean, who doesn’t?
Yet, because of the main purpose of this article, I will shortly explain what is slime.
Slime is a semifluid material, composed of the cross-linked polymer. It’s completely unique substance.
The originality of this material has made it become and remain very popular, as well as constantly finding new ways to get users.
There is controversy over whether it is liquid or solid, and this also points to its strangeness. It belongs to so-called Non-newtonian fluids.
The main so to say the secret of this substance is its viscosity.
For all of you who like to study and find out something new, what you perhaps don’t know (but want to!), there are several interesting articles, and I recommend this one.
When I mentioned above the main purpose of this article, and you already know what is about.
I want to share with you what came into my mind. I thought at first, what is so interesting and especially useful to write about how to get slime out of your carpet?
I mean, what a big deal? That’s because I actually did not know many things about THE SLIME.
For example, I did not know how popular this toy is. I remember when my children discovered it, but I thought that slime remained in the past. What a misconception! By researching, I found out that nowadays is more popular than ever before.
So, because of that, I understood why this kind of guide is needed.
You can also find numerous articles with all sorts of tips on the main topic, but as I could conclude, many of them are not quite effective.
Know your enemy
Howsoever it may sound, you really need to know what you’re dealing with, if you want success to get rid of it.
Considering that the technology of production has advanced, there are many seemingly the same, but by composition different slimes.
You never know what ingredient will make that your carpet remains permanently damaged, or dirty. That’s why many of advice is not effective.
Tools that you should keep in mind
- Vacuum cleaner
- Clean cloth
- Paper towels
- A thin knife (to avoid damaging of the carpet), but I think it is the best to use:
- Rubbing brush
- GLOVES (take care of your hands and skin!
Cleaning agents you should keep in mind
- Warm and cold water.
- White distilled vinegar.
- Dishwashing soap.
- Sodium bicarbonate.
- Rubbing alcohol.
- Dry cleaning solvent.
- 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
- Citrus solvent.
- Starch Flour.
Removing slime when it’s still liquid
If the slime on your carpet is still in liquid state, follow these steps:
- Take the spoon and remove excess slime.
- Empty the spoon with a folded paper towel. Be careful not to damage the carpet fibers. So, do not scrape too vigorously.
- Pour vinegar directly into the slime.
- Take the brush and rub until you clean all the debris of the slime.
- When there is no more slime, pour the hot but not boiling water on the carpet. Be careful again, not to pour too much water.
- If the water remains in deeper layers of the carpet, it can cause a formation of the mold and then you will have a bigger problem.
- So, dry the carpet thoroughly, by using a lot of paper towels, and even better if you also use dry rugs.
- After rinsing with water most probably will remain somewhat of the slime color.
- Mix up dishwashing soap and water with vinegar.
- Mildly blot the stain by using a clean piece of cloth. Each time use the new clean piece of the cloth until in the cloth there is no more color.
- If after this treatment color remains, then use small amounts of rubbing alcohol alternately with water. And, as before, be very careful with amounts both alcohol and water as well.
- If there are still some remains of color, use a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply it very lightly because of its bleaching effect.
- Let it stand for 15 minutes. Blot, again gently, and finally rinse with the water.
This should be quite enough to get slime out of the carpet.
Removing dried slime from the carpet
If the slime is already dried, the procedure is slightly different:
- Scrape away the excess slime. Here you might use the spoon, but it is better if you scrape it off with a thin knife. You should work this from the outside to the center.
- Then use your vacuum cleaner: vacuum the area from several directions, to suck up as many pieces as possible.
- When using a vacuum cleaner, you have to be sure that slime is completely dry, so you don’t block your device.
- Apply dry cleaning solvent, rubbing alcohol or citrus solvent.
- Gently stroke the carpet.
- Rinse the carpet with warm (not boiling) water, but not soak it too much.
- Blot up or vacuum the excess.
- If the stain is removed, leave the carpet to dry in the air and vacuum it once again.
- If you have not made it to this step, then continue:
- Apply a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Let it stand for 30 minutes.
- Cover the stain with a towel and periodically check it, taking care of carpet color.
- Then again rinse the carpet with warm water.
- Vacuum the excess.
As you have been able to conclude so far, the slime by itself is not very complicated to remove, either liquid or already dried.
The problem could be the stain from the color of slime. There are solutions for this.
In addition to the already mentioned procedures and cleaning agents, you can try some:
Recipes for natural cleaning agents
- 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate.
- about 70 ml of vinegar.
- about 300 ml of hot water.
- 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent.
Mix the ingredients well and spray the stain. Let it dry and vacuum.
- 3 tablespoons of crumbled or grated dish soap.
- 250 gr of starch flour.
Mix ingredients, rub on the carpet and then vacuum it.
- 1/3 of alcoholic vinegar.
- 2/3 of water.
Soak the towel in this solution and wipe the stain with it. Put the towel over the stain and pass over the towel with the heated iron.
Vinegar and water will absorb the stain.
- 3 dcl of apple cider vinegar.
- 7 dcl of lemon juice.
- 1/2 l of water.
- 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate.
- few drops of essential oil of lavender.
Put all the ingredients in the utensil, stir well and dip in it the rubbing brush.
Rub the stain remained of slime. Since all ingredients are natural and do not create foam, is not necessary to rinse the carpet with the water. Just vacuum it after drying.
I sincerely believe that these tips will help you to solve the problem yourself.
Yet, if you did all this and slime or color is still there, you will need a professional carpet cleaner.
I have to say that I still did not have this kind of problem, but I carefully wrote down these recipes and tips.
- always use the gloves;
- be very careful with purchasing agents and follow the instructions for use;
- watch out for the kids, either they are playing with making the slime or trying to clean the mess!
And for the end, watch this likable video and how this little girl, with help of her dad, explains and clean the carpet of slime: