How to Get Slime Out of Carpet

Kids love to play with slime, if you have active kids you are sure to find it all over your house. As the online slime experts people ask us: how do you remove slime from carpet? It can be a shock to walk into your living room and see a glob of green slime in the middle of the carpet but don’t worry. Even the stickiest slime recipes can be removed from carpet – even if it is wet or dried out.

Cleaning Materials

You will need different cleaning materials depending on what kind of slime is stuck in the floor. Since different kinds of slime use different ingredients you may need to try a few different cleaning methods for best results. Let’s review our top cleaning materials before you have a slime stained carpet.

What You Need

  • A bucket
  • Warm water
  • Lemon water
  • Vinegar
  • Cleaning spray
  • Baking soda
  • A vacuum
  • A sponge or scrub brush
  • Paper towels

Step by Step Directions

First, check if the slime is wet or dry. This is important because cleaning wet slime is different from removing dry slime if you want to prevent stains.

Second, check the ingredients you used to make slime. Cleaning slime made with glue is different from cleaning slime made from contact lens solution. If the slime stuck to the floor came from the store you should be able to find the primary ingredients on the back of the package. 

Third, try to remove as much of the slime as possible with a wet paper towel. This is most effective if the slime is still wet but is also a good idea with hard slime. Try to focus on picking up the largest globs of slime first then cleaning individual threads of carpet. If this does not seem to be working try mixing in some lemon water and vinegar to help loosen the slime.

Fourth, spray the spot with your favorite cleaning spray and scrub with a sponge or scrub brush. Be careful not to spread the slime if it is still wet. Try to pinch and remove any large globs of slime then dig into the base of the carpet.

Finally, pour some baking soda on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. The baking soda will bond with the slime particles and loosen them from the carpet threads. After letting the baking soda absorb the slime vacuum it up. This should remove a lot of the “deep” slime that causes stains.

Cleaning with Vinegar

Vinegar is a popular cleaning method that most people already have at home. A little vinegar mixed with some warm water plus a sponge is one of the most effective ways to remove wet and dry slime. If the slime has dried and hardened wetting the slime can make it easier to remove. When the slime is hard it is more likely to pull up carpet threading, getting it wet again makes cleaning much easier.

Cleaning with Baking Soda

Baking soda is another effective cleaning method for wet slime. It bonds with the slime particles and absorbs the moisture from the slime, allowing you to vacuum up the spill. Using baking soda will not remove large globs of slime but it will get out the hard to remove bits after you clean the main stain.

We recommend cleaning with baking soda after every spill, even if it looks like everything was picked up. Slime is made with many wet ingredients that are super sticky and can linger in the base of the carpet. Baking soda powder dries and sucks the moisture from the carpet so you can vacuum it mess away.

Dried Slime Removal Tips

Slime will quickly dry if left out of its container. Kids will often leave slime sitting on the floor, only for you to find it later once it has dried and hardened. Depending on the slime recipe, dry slime can be easy or hard to clean.

First, break up the slime and picking out the large chunks with your hands. The more slime that you can remove at the step the easier cleaning the smaller bits will be.

Second, use baking soda and a vacuum to remove any remaining bits. Let the baking soda sit for 5 minutes then run the vacuum over it at a few different angles.

Finally, if there is still hard slime stuck in the carpet try to get it wet. We recommend using warm water mixed with some lemon juice. Be careful not to get the carpet too wet or it may mold!

Wet Slime Removal Tips

Wet slime can usually be cleaned from carpet, but you need to move fast. If the slime was made with glue or hair gel it is much easier to remove before it hardens. A wet sponge or paper towel plus cleaning spray is typically enough to remove slime from carpet. Light scrubbing can work, just make sure you are not spreading the stain.