How to Get Playdough Out of Carpet
By Steve Gillman
The name of the product is actually Play-Doh®, and this
pliable, putty-like substance has been around since the 1930s.
It was not originally meant as a play thing for kids, but as
a wallpaper cleaner. It's made of flour, water, salt, boric acid,
and mineral oil, and generally doesn't stain things. However,
depending on the color the kids were playing with and the type
of carpet they dropped it onto, it can stain. So here are the
basics on how to get playdough out of carpet.
If it has dried up before you got to it, carefully break it
up and remove the large chunks. Then vacuum up the remaining
pieces. After that, if there is still residue, continue with
the cleaning procedure detailed below.
If the playdough was just dropped you might be able to lift
it off the carpet without any damage or staining. If it is rubbed
into the fibers somewhat (stepped on, kneeled on, etc.), carefully
scoop out as much as you can using the edge of a spoon or a butter
knife. At this point you are ready to clean up what remains.
Procedure for Removing Play-Doh Residue From Carpet
Start with a clean white cotton cloth or undyed white paper
towels. Apply a bit of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol to this. You
can use 70% or 90% alcohol, but avoid any that have color added
to them. Dab at the spot to remove the residue, applying new
alcohol to a clean piece of cloth as necessary. Continue doing
this until you no longer see transfer of the color or residue
to the cloth.
Note: Be very careful when using isopropyl alcohol.
Don't ever pour it onto a stained carpet. If it reaches the backing
it cause delamination (it may destroy the latex bond). Always
apply it to a cloth, cotton ball or paper towel and use that
to clean a spot.
To get out the remaining playdough residue and alcohol, use
a mild detergent solution. For this, mix a few drops of a simple
dish washing liquid (Dawn® or Joy® will work) into a
few ounces of warm water. Apply a bit of this to the spot using
your fingers, and immediately blot it up with a clean white cloth
or white paper towels. Repeat this process a few times.
Then do the same with plain water. Sprinkle it on the spot
with your fingers, blot it up and repeat. A stack of paper towels
with weight on them can be placed over the spot for final drying.
Remove and replace the paper towels when wetted through, and
remove all of them after an hour or so to allow final air-drying.
Placing a fan where it will blow on or over the area will speed
the drying process.
If that doesn't get the playdough out of the carpet completely,
you can try using 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply it carefully, just
to the affected fibers. Let it stay there for thirty minutes
to an hour. Blot up any excess and use paper towels and/or a
fan to dry the spot, as explained above. You do not need to rinse
out the hydrogen peroxide, because it becomes water on its own
after some time.
If, because of some combination of carpet type, color of Play-Doh®,
time spent smashed into the fibers and so on, you still can't
get all the playdough out of the carpet, you can do one of two
things. You can call a professional cleaner for help. If the
stain is small, you can also carefully clip out the affected
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