Slime, Goop, Or Goo — Whatever You Call It — It's In Your Carpeting!
Slime, goop, goo — it doesn't matter what your kids call it — it ends up everywhere! It's amazing that a little crafting glue, saline solution, and a few extra additives for color and flare can make it from the kitchen to the bedrooms in a matter of minutes. So, after that slime has been beaten into the carpeting in every room of the house, how do you get it out? Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help you keep up with the goo in your carpeting.
- High-quality paper towels or several clean white cloths
- Oxy clean
- White vinegar
- Wet-dry vacuum
Wet Slime Clean-Up
If the slime is still wet, you have things a little easier — you have the opportunity to get it out of the carpeting before it dries or gets pushed deeper into the fibers. Get a small ball of the slime and use it to try to pick up the slime in the carpet. Sometimes, rolling your finger across the slime will make it stick to itself and allow it to roll right up out of the carpet.
Pre-Soak with White Vinegar
If the slime has dried or to finish cleaning up the fresh slime, you'll need to wet it with white vinegar. If you have an old dishwashing liquid bottle, it will work perfectly to apply the vinegar to the slime. Just rinse the bottle out well so you're not battling bubbles on top of the slime as you scrape it out.
Spoon Scrape It
Use a spoon to scrape the slime out of the carpeting once it becomes soft. If the slime doesn't seem to be coming off at all, apply more vinegar and let it sit for a few more minutes. Eventually, the slime will become pliable enough to peel off of the fibers.
Now, use the paper towels or cloths to blot the area dry. You don't want to leave all of that vinegar in the carpeting or it could cause deep-down dirt to rise to the surface and cause a stain.
Schedule Regular Cleanings
Chances are, once the slime craze passes, there will be some other craze that makes a big mess from one end of the house to the other. Schedule regular carpet cleanings to keep up with the mess and reduce how many of their spots turn into stains that will be there forever.