How to Get Putty Out of Carpet in 5 Ways
Author: Anne Cowart | Editor: Omar Alonso
Review & Research: Jen Worst & Chris Miller
It's nice to watch your kids have fun until they drop a blob of putty on your carpet. You'll have a real hard time getting it out of the carpet once it settles in the carpet fibers. But luckily, there are some DIY solutions to remove it from your carpet. So, how to get putty out of carpet?
At first, you need to scrape away as much putty as you can by pulling, grabbing, and freezing it. Then, you can use dish detergent, isopropyl alcohol, WD-40, or hydrogen peroxide to remove the putty stain.
Keep reading this article to learn how to implement each of these methods in detail. We'll also talk about how you can clean up the carpet after removing the stain to prevent it from being damaged. Let's dive in!
How to Get Putty Out of Carpet
When you're trying to get anything out of your carpet, the first thing you need to do is to take out as much of the undesired substance as possible. The same goes for putty. Before you move on to treat the putty stain, you need to extract the maximum amount of putty you can from the carpet.
Remove Excess Putty From Carpet First
If you catch a blob of putty that was spilled on the carpet early on, you may be able to remove it easily without much effort. Whatever you do, just make sure that you don't apply too much pressure on the putty or rub it a lot so that it doesn't go deeper into the carpet and into the carpet's fibers.
Take all the putty you collected, put it in a bowl, paper towel, or plate, and set it aside to get rid of it. Be careful while you discard the putty, and make sure that you don't drop any of it on the carpet again.
Harden the Remaining Putty with Ice
After getting out much of the putty by simply pulling and grabbing it from the carpet, you need to scrape away the rest. That's because you won't be able to get all the putty out by just pulling it. But you won't be able to scrape moist putty as it won't come apart, and it would only go deeper into the carpet fibers.
You'll have to harden the putty so that it becomes solid and you can scrape it off. If you let the putty sit around on your carpet for several days, it'll harden. But you can already tell that it's not a good idea as the oil and dyes in the putty can be more interconnected to the fiber and become more difficult to remove.
So, how do you harden the putty while making sure that it doesn't get too embedded with the fibers? You freeze it. It'll only take you a few hours instead of many days. To freeze the putty, fill up a plastic bag with ice cubes and put it above the area stained by the putty.
The putty should harden after a few hours if you keep adding ice to the plastic bag when you see them melting. Pay close attention and refill the ice bag when necessary. Otherwise, the whole process will be ineffective, the putty won't get hard, and the whole thing will be a sheer waste of time.
Scrape the Stiff Putty Off the Carpet Fibers
Once you can confirm that the putty is frozen, it's time to execute the plan to scrape it off. This is the most important step in how to remove putty from carpet because you're getting the bulk of the material out so that all you're left with is a minor stain to deal with.
Take any blunt tool that you'd like to start scraping away the putty from the carpet. Get out as much putty as you can, but don't put too much pressure on your carpet as it can damage the carpet fibers.
Despite expediting the hardening process of the putty, some of it will still be embedded into the carpet fibers. If you can't scrape them off, don't worry, as you can deal with them with other methods. Discard the putty you've scraped away and move on to the ways in which you can get rid of a putty stain.
How to Get Rid of a Putty Stain
Once you've gotten out as much of the putty as you can by pulling, freezing, and scraping, your job will be much easier. Here are some of the easiest methods you can use to get rid of a putty stain on your carpet:
You've already gotten most of the putty out, and now, it's time to get rid of the stain. A diluted dish detergent solution will do an excellent job of removing the putty stain. Mix one teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with two cups of water and put the solution in a bowl. This kind of solution is great for getting ketchup out of carpet and many other stains, so keep it at top of mind for the future!
You should always use a non-bleach detergent to protect your carpet from being damaged or discolored. You can make a few cotton balls or use paper towels for the stain treatment. Dip one side of the cotton ball in the detergent solution and blot the stained area to loosen the remaining putty.
You'd be able to lift the putty after applying the detergent. If any stain is caused by the dyes or oils in the putty, it'll also start to lighten. Keep applying the detergent solution with a clean cotton ball or paper towel each time until the stain completely goes away and you can get all the putty out. This blotting is essential in how to get putty out of carpet (and any other stains, too).
You can use isopropyl alcohol to take care of putty stains on your carpet. But keep in mind that it may not be the ideal solution for your carpet as it can be quite harsh and damage your carpet fibers if it's soaked too deeply.
To know the effects of alcohol on your carpet, test it out on a small area on the side and see if the fibers are damaged in any way. If everything seems good, you can use it to combat putty stains. Dip a cotton ball in the rubbing alcohol and blot the stained area.
The alcohol will loosen the putty, and you'll be able to pull it out. You can keep putting in more alcohol as you need with the cotton ball until you can get all the putty out of your carpet. Keep some of this rubbing alcohol around because it's good to get nail polish off of walls and lots of stains out of carpet.
It's widely used to get the dirt out of certain engine components, and you can also use it to get rid of the putty stain on your carpet. Spray a little bit of WD-40 to the stained area and give it half a minute or so to be absorbed by your carpet. The water displacing properties will loosen the putty's bond to the textile material, letting you wipe away and more easily pick the putty out of the carpet.
You can use cotton balls, paper towels, sponges, or a clean piece of cloth to massage the stained area on which you applied the WD-40. The stain should get lighter as you keep working to remove it and should go away completely after you've worked on it for a while.
Hydrogen peroxide is the ideal solution to get rid of a putty stain if you have a light-colored or white carpet. It's a bleaching agent and highly effective at removing dark stains from light surfaces. The stain caused by the oils and dyes in the putty can be removed with hydrogen peroxide.
Since it has bleaching properties, you shouldn't use it on dark carpets. As you did with rubbing alcohol, you can test it out on a small area first before applying it to the stained area and see if it has any harmful effects on your carpet. But how do you apply the hydrogen peroxide solution?
Mix one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of warm water and put the mixture in a spray bottle. Apply it to the stained area. This works to get grease out of carpet as well as other stains, so keep some of it in the home at all times too.
Let the hydron peroxide solution sit on your carpet for at least fifteen minutes to lighten the putty stain. Then, use clean paper towels or a dry cloth to blot the affected area and lift the stain.
What to Do After Removing Putty From Carpet
Once you've got the stain out, you may think that the job's done, but that's not the case just yet. Whether you use dish detergent, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other substances, you need to rinse the carpet thoroughly to ensure that none of the cleaning residues is left.
If the detergent remains in the carpet, it'll collect more dust and cause additional staining. Soak a clean piece of cloth in cold water and blot the treated area with it to eliminate all the remaining cleaning residue on the carpet.
Use a dry piece of cloth after getting all the residue to get rid of the moisture in the carpet. Once you've ensured that the carpet is free of residue and dry, you can vacuum it to make it look the way it was before the staining. After doing all that, your putty stain treatment is complete.
That’s How to Get Putty Out of Carpet!
Getting rid of putty from your carpet may seem like a nightmare. But once you know the methods discussed in this article, it'll turn into an easy job. After completing this article, you'll no longer have to wonder about getting putty out of carpet.
We hope you'd be able to use one of these methods to get rid of a putty stain on your carpet. Don't forget to rinse the stained area you've cleaned so that it doesn't get damaged by lasting chemicals. Let us know if you have any questions about how to get putty out of carpet.