Spending quality time with the kids is great. But when the PlayStation is played out and the toys are old news, it’s time to get creative. You find a spare 30 seconds to scroll through Facebook and see a friend post a picture of their kids playing with slime—of course! It is one of the hottest new trends after all. Why didn’t you think of that before? Oh, that’s right, because as soon as you Google “Slime recipe,” you have to search “How to remove slime from carpet.” If your DIY day has turned into a disaster, we’re here to save the day. *Cue epic music.*  We will walk you through how to remove slime from carpet, plus two bonus stain removing tips! 

How to Remove Slime from Carpet

Once the slime hits the carpet, the clock is ticking. But don’t panic! There’s a lot of obstacles humans have yet to face, but learning how to remove slime from carpet is not one of them. The first step is addressing the consistency of the slime: is it dry or wet? If it’s wet, you still have some time for damage control. Scoop, scrape, and spoon what you can out of the carpet with your hand or a utensil. But be extremely careful not to spread the slime around. If the slime is already dried, consider freezing it with a piece of ice or three, then chip the pieces away. After that, it’s time to dive into the stain removal.

  1. Mix 2/3 cup white vinegar with 1/3 water into a bottle and spray liberally on the stain. If you’re concerned about damaging your carpet fibers, we advise doing a spot test in an inconspicuous area.
  2. Leave the vinegar to soak for  1-2 minutes.
  3. Then, use a scrub brush to work the mixture into the carpet. You’ll notice the slime soften and eventually dissolve. Be sure to pick the slime off the bristles before you brush the carpet again.
  4. Blot excess liquid with cloth.
  5. Repeat until the slime stain is completely removed.
  6. Left with discoloration after the residue is gone? No problem! Try hitting the spot with our spot remover or some low level hydrogen peroxide. Again, spot test first.

Bonus Tips: How To Remove Slime From Clothes

Making slime is a fun but often very messy activity. If some slime managed to hit your clothing on the way to the carpet, don’t worry. The following will walk you through how to remove slime from most clothes.

  1. Scrape off excess slime. Be careful not to spread the slime as you scrape it.
  2. Either put the article of clothing  in the freezer or hold an ice cube on the slime until it is frozen. You may need a couple cubes.
  3. Once the slime is frozen, scrape away as much as possible.
  4. Pre-treat it with liquid laundry detergent and/or a laundry stain remover. If you’re unfamiliar with the stain remover, do a spot test on an inconspicuous area first.
  5. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Place the clothing item in a large plastic container filled with two gallons of hot water and let soak for 30 minutes.
  7. Finish by hand washing the item or place in the washing machine for a regular cycle.

Bonus Tips: How To Remove Slime From Hair

We know, it was unexpected, but a massive slime fight broke out and now it’s everywhere, including your hair. While our tips are typically for floors or furniture, we thought we’d throw this one in to help you out. Here’s one way to remove slime from hair.

  1. Dip hair in hot, but not scalding, water.
  2. Take a generous amount of conditioner, oil, or even mayonnaise and apply it to the affected area until thoroughly covered.
  3. Gently comb through wet hair.
  4. Rinse.
  5. Lather with shampoo.
  6. Rinse.

I Still Need Help!

If you still have slime stains and you’ve tried the recommended steps, it’s time to consult a professional. Slime time can be a good time if you know the proper procedures for the inevitable disaster strikes. But learning how to remove slime from carpet well can be a challenge—sometimes, no amount of vinegar and blotting can undo what has been done to your precious flooring. With decades of combined experience, the professionals at Stoll Rug are no stranger to slime. Let the team clean up after playtime to ensure accidents aren’t a permanent fixture in your home. Fill out our free estimate form and one of our representatives will be able to assist you. Want to talk to someone over the phone or in person? No problem, feel free to contact us. From professional carpet cleaning to residential upholstery cleaning and everything in between, we can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.