How To Get Flarp Out Of Carpet (8 Ways To Do It!)
Kids these days have some very odd toys that they play with. Flarp is one of the weirdest. Actually, adults seem to like it too. It is just putty-like Silly Putty, but it makes a farting noise when you play with it. But Flarp is not so much fun when it is stuck in your carpet.
Rub ice cubes on the Flarp to freeze it and scrape it off of the carpet with a butter knife. Soak a cloth in white vinegar, blot the Flarp stain, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Pour a cup of baking soda on the Flarp stain, let it sit for 10 minutes, and blot the area with a wet rag until it’s gone.
Flarp is made of silicone polymer and is sometimes called Silly Putty, Potty Putty, Bouncing Putty, and Thinking Putty. It is very similar to Slime. But it all does the same thing. You play with it and shape it into all sorts of things, and kids love to throw it at the wall or on the ceiling. Somehow though, it always manages to find its way into the carpet.
Freezing the Flarp Out of The Carpet
The first thing you need to do is grab some ice out of the freezer. Apply about a cup of ice cubes or chips in a baggie to the Flarp until it freezes. Then scrape it off with a scraper or butter knife. You may also need some tweezers for the little spots. This usually does the trick but there is typically a stain left to deal with. Read on to find out how to get that stain out of the carpet.
Using Vinegar to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners there is and almost everyone has some in the house. So, this should be the first one you try. And hopefully, it will be the last. Follow these easy steps.
- Soak a microfiber cloth with vinegar and blot the area with gentle pressure.
- Let the vinegar or 10 to 15 minutes.
- Blot the area with a clean wet cloth.
- Repeat steps 1-3 if needed.
- Let it dry and vacuum it.
Using Club Soda to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
Club soda is well known as a popular stain remover. In fact, it has probably been purchased more for cleaning than for drinking. It should remove that Flarp pretty easily too.
- Pour about a capful of club soda on the stain.
- Let it soak in for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rub carefully with a dry cloth.
- Add another capful of club soda and let it soak for another 10 minutes.
- Blot the spot until it is dry.
- Vacuum thoroughly to make sure it is not still stained. If it is, repeat steps 1 – 3.
Using Rubbing Alcohol to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
Everyone has a bottle of rubbing alcohol in their medicine cabinet. Grab it and give this a try. Follow these steps to get rid of that Flarp.
- Put on your eye protection, mask, and gloves.
- Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and blot the area with gentle pressure.
- Continue blotting, using new cotton balls as needed until the stain is gone.
- Rinse the spot with a wet cloth.
- Let it dry and vacuum.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide to Get Flarp Out of the Carpet
Just like alcohol, everyone has hydrogen peroxide in their medicine cabinet. And it is known to be a great cleaning product. Try it on your Flarp stain by using these steps.
- Pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Use a wet cloth to blot it until the spot is gone.
- Repeat steps 1 – 3 as needed.
- Vacuum the spot after it dries.
Using Dish Soap to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
Of course, you have dish soap because you have to wash your dishes. Even people with a dishwasher have dish soap for simple cleaning jobs. Go get your dish soap and follow these easy steps.
- Add one teaspoon of dish soap to one cup of warm water in a spray bottle.
- Shake well and then spray it on the spot.
- Wait 15 minutes and blot the area with a clean cloth.
- If the stain is still there, repeat steps 2 and 3 until it is gone.
- Make sure you rinse the spot to get rid of the soap residue.
- Wait for it to dry completely before vacuuming.
Using Baking Soda to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
Although baking soda is commonly used dry, you can mix it with water to make a paste that will clean this spot right up. It is worth a try to just follow these steps.
- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of warm water into a paste.
- Spread the paste onto the stain and blot it gently.
- Let the area dry for 15 minutes and then vacuum with a wet/dry vac.
- If the stain is still there, go ahead and repeat steps 2 and three one more time.
Using WD-40 to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
This amazing substance has been used for fixing squeaks, getting rid of rust, and releasing stuck parts. But it is also an excellent cleaning product. Get your WD-40 from the garage and try using it to get rid of the Flarp.
- Spray the WD-40 onto a clean cloth. Do not spray it directly onto the carpet because it could dissolve the adhesive.
- Pat the spot gently but firmly and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Use a clean wet cloth to rinse the WD-40 away.
- Let the spot dry and then vacuum it.
Is there anything else that can be used for Flarp stains?
Yes, there are many things online that people suggest but we only want to share the ones that may actually be effective. Others have tried these products below that proved to be successful that you can try too.
Other Products to Get Flarp Out of Carpet
|Dry cleaning fluid||Put on your eye protection, gloves, and mask.Pour a few drops of dry-cleaning fluid onto a clean cloth.Blot the stain until it is gone using more fluid as needed.After the stain is gone, use a clean wet cloth to wash away the fluid.Let it dry before vacuuming.|
|Citrus solvent||Wearing your mask, gloves, and goggles, spray the spot with the solvent.Let it settle for about 15 minutes.Use a clean wet sponge to clean away the solvent.Repeat until the stain is gone.Vacuum thoroughly after it dries.|
|Vodka||Using a clear, unflavored vodka, pour about one capful onto the spot.Blot with a clean cloth.Pour another capful of vodka on the stain and wait about 15 to 30 minutes.Blot the spot with a clean cloth and then let it dry before vacuuming.|
|Goo Gone||Apply the Goo Gone to the spot and let it sit for five minutes.Brush the spot with a hard bristle brush to remove the stain.Vacuum the spot after it dries.|
It is not difficult to cut the stain out as long as you have a carpet remnant to use. If not, find a spot in the back of one of your closets and cut a patch out of that. Follow these steps to patch your carpet.
- Put on your mask and gloves.
- Place a bowl or cup over the spot and press down on it to outline the spot. It will leave an indention for you to follow as a guide.
- Using a utility knife or razor, cut along the outline but make sure you do not cut through the padding.
- Use carpet adhesive to patch the hole. Be sure to get the pattern and nap right.
- If you do not have carpet adhesive, use carpet tape.
- Place something heavy on top of the patch for about an hour to make sure it has firmly adhered.
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