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How To Remove Silly Putty From Carpet





To clean Silly Putty from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below.  Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary.  Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.


(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)

Synthetic Carpet

1. Place a handful of ice cubes in a plastic zip lock bag. Rest bag on Silly Putty until frozen. Shatter the Silly Putty and then pick or scrape it off. Vacuum up residue.

2. Use a dry cleaning solvent such as Carbona or Energine. Dry cleaning solvent should never be used on polyester.

Isn't it fun to come home from work only to feel a wet squish underneath the heel of your foot? What wonderful surprises our kids leave for us. Take consolation in the fact that this is much better than finding a lipstick Picasso drawn onto your newly installed carpet. This actually happened to a customer of mine.

Silly putty is similar to chewing gum and can be removed in the same manner. Put some ice cubes in a zip lock bag and place directly on top of the Silly Putty. Allow it to freeze then whack it with something hard. The Silly Putty should shatter allowing you to pick up the remaining bits. Re-freeze if necessary and gently pick away the pieces. Vacuum away the remaining residue.

Be careful not to pull up any strands of carpet when scraping at the Silly Putty. Be especially cautious with berbers as you don't want to pull up a loop. If unable to remove all of the material in this manner, then try a dry cleaning solvent.

You can find a dry cleaning solvent at any home improvement center. Blot the solvent on and blot it off gently. Don't rub at the stain. Allow the solvent to loosen the Silly Putty, then blot it off. You should now be able to pick off any remaining pieces.