How To Quickly Remove Play-Doh From Carpet

Remember when we used to love messing around with playdough? Fun, right? Now we are older, do we enjoy removing play dough stuck on our carpets? We guess not!

Thankfully, I’m going to show you how I remove playdough from carpet in a few simple steps.

What Is Playdough?

Playdough or play-doh is a very common toy that is enjoyed by children across the globe. Play dough is typically made of a special kind of polymer which makes it very moldable and sometimes sticky.

It enriches the creative minds of children, allowing them to come up with different shapes, sizes, animals or whatever that comes in their minds. Play dough has a wide demographic from toddlers to even young adults, proving that it’s really fun to play with.

However, one of it’s main caveats is that it annoyingly sticks on to anything from furniture, to fabric and most especially carpets. Because carpets are made with a dense amount of pile fabric, it becomes more and more difficult to remove.

The adhesive property of Playdough makes it very difficult to remove from the carpet pile. You might think your carpet is ruined, but don’t lose hope, I’ve got the solution for getting your carpet clean again.

Typically, there are several methods that you can use to help remove the playdough from your carpets. So without further ado, let me show you a series of steps that you can follow to help remove those annoying bits of dried playdough stuck in your carpet or rug.

How To Remove Playdough From Carpet?

Watch the video above or follow these simple steps on how to quickly remove playdough from your carpets or rugs even if it has dried.

Step 1 – Remove Excess Play Dough

The first thing that you should do is to remove as much play dough that you can by blotting the spot with a paper towel or scrape it using a dull knife. If you can, you can also do it by using your hands. You don’t have to worry about damaging your skin because it is safe.

Step 2 – Apply Rubbing Alcohol

Next thing that you should do is to apply rubbing alcohol to a piece of cloth, towel or even a cotton ball. Afterwards, blot the affected area until the spot is devoid of any playdough material or when no color is present in the area.

Make sure that you do not place too much alcohol on the stained area as you might destroy the backing of the carpet and weaken the bond between the fabric on the carpet and its backing. When blotting the alcohol on the carpet, do not do a circular motion as it may affect the pattern of the fabric as well as its texture.

If all the play dough is removed, congratulations! However, if there is still some left, proceed to the next step.

Step 3 – Apply Mild Detergent

When there is still play dough left on the spot even after applying alcohol, then you might look for other alternatives to help remove it from the carpet. In this case, you need the help of detergent.

To do this, you just need a small amount of detergent solution applied on the spot. The detergent solution is basically ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing soap or detergent that has no bleach mixed with a quart of water.

Blot some of the detergent on a piece of cloth or cotton and apply it on the affected area. Do not make a circular motion when applying it on the carpet as it can affect the pattern and texture of the fabric.

Continue doing so until the spot is removed.

Step 4 – Apply Hydrogen Peroxide

If detergent also fails to do the job then you can make use of hydrogen peroxide. With 3% hydrogen peroxide, you just have to simply moisten the affected area. Let it stand for 1 hour and then blot dry. This should do the job and hydrogen peroxide usually dries easily so there is really no need to wait for hours of drying.

Step 5 – Vacuum Your Carpet

Once the surface is dry, give your floor a quick clean with your vacuum cleaner. This helps to restore the pile to it’s natural position.

Maire Shield

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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