Getting Silly Putty Out of Carpet

Updated on June 17, 2013
J.K. asks from Condon, MT
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My darling children got bright pink Silly putty in our carpet on Saturday. Of course I just found it yesterday with stuff stacked on top so that it got really ground in. I tried ice, but it just didn't work. Any more suggestions?

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G.H.

answers from Dallas on

I can't speak to "old, dried out" silly putty, but if fresh...
I was about to try some of the more extreme solutions about the web using alcohol, WD-40, Goo Gone, etc. when something occurred to me: silly putty is sticky unto itself!
I grabbed a fair glob of my kid's silly putty and started to work it into a warm and very malleable ball. I then stuck it into the couch fabric it was pressed into. As I doubbed the glob of silly putty onto the smaller clumps - it started to come up!
I then tried it on the carpet where there was a big glob I had ground in further by trying to remove by hand - same excellent results!
No stains, no chemicals! Just a little bit of time & effort daubing it out! The silly putty picked up a bunch of fabric lint but who cares? (it didn't seem to hurt it anyway! Lol)

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I can't speak to "old, dried out" silly putty, but if fresh...
I was about to try some of the more extreme solutions about the web using alcohol, WD-40, Goo Gone, etc. when something occurred to me: silly putty is sticky unto itself!
I grabbed a fair glob of my kid's silly putty and started to work it into a warm and very malleable ball. I then stuck it into the couch fabric it was pressed into. As I doubbed the glob of silly putty onto the smaller clumps - it started to come up!
I then tried it on the carpet where there was a big glob I had ground in further by trying to remove by hand - same excellent results!
No stains, no chemicals! Just a little bit of time & effort daubing it out! The silly putty picked up a bunch of fabric lint but who cares? (it didn't seem to hurt it anyway! Lol) In fact, I wonder what else silly putty might be good to pick up (i.e. gum, slime, crayon, I can't speak to "old, dried out" silly putty, but if fresh...
I was about to try some of the more extreme solutions about the web using alcohol, WD-40, Goo Gone, etc. when something occurred to me: silly putty is sticky unto itself!
I grabbed a fair glob of my kid's silly putty and started to work it into a warm and very malleable ball. I then stuck it into the couch fabric it was pressed into. As I doubbed the glob of silly putty onto the smaller clumps - it started to come up!
I then tried it on the carpet where there was a big glob I had ground in further by trying to remove by hand - same excellent results!
No stains, no chemicals! Just a little bit of time & effort daubing it out! The silly putty picked up a bunch of fabric lint but who cares? lol

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M.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi J.,
I happen to have a package from Silly Putty. They have a website - www.sillyputty.com That is full of fun things - but at the bottom it has an email section. Perhaps they could help.
Also: 1-800-crayola from 9AM till 4 PM
Good luck!

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B.D.

answers from Lancaster on

I always heard vegetable oil - or peanut butter (because of the oil in it) was good to use on sticky things - like gum stuck in hair etc.

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L.G.

answers from Philadelphia on

I believe that rubbing alcohol takes it right out. Good luck!

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M.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

I have never had to get silly putty out, but a product called Goo Gone works really well. It helped me get glue from a hot glue gun out of my daughter's hair. And it has a nice orange scent. Good luck!

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