Playdough is an excellent tool for kids. It helps to build creativity and pass the time. With all its benefits, it can be a pain to parents, especially when it finds its way on to the carpet.
Like most play items used by children, even when you have a designated place where the child can use the playdough, you will still find it everywhere in the house.
If not removed, the dough stains can slowly take over your carpet and litter it with unsightly stains that are quite a turn.
Use Soft Playdough
It seems unrealistic that the first step to getting rid of playdough from your carpet is using more playdough. But it works!
First, you have to let the pieces of playdough dry up. It makes it much easier to deal with the problem. Once the problematic dough is dried up, you can remove the loose pieces using your hand or gently scrub using a stiff brush and use an affordable vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the pieces.
Once you have all the large pieces out of the way, for the smaller pieces, you need a significant chunk of pliable play dough that you can use to attach the little pieces. Pick a white piece or one that is similar to the color of your carpet, so you don’t multiply the stains you have to deal with.
Once you pick up all the pieces, you need to give the remaining dough some time to dry of entirely before you try to remove the stains.
Spot Cleaning with Soap
There’s a high chance some color from the dough will be left on the carpet after you pick up the debris. To remove the color, use a white cloth dipped in a mixture of mild soap and warm water. In most cases, dish soap works well. But, if you’re not sure, you can always try out the mixture on a concealed part of the carpet before using it on the stain.
After dipping the cloth, make sure it’s not dripping wet. Instead, it should be damp. This way, you prevent the carpet from taking up too much moisture that you have to let it dry. Using the damp cloth, dab the area with the stain and check for color transfer. If you’re happy with the results, you can use another dry cloth, a dry sponge mop, or a home-made mop pad to pat the area dry.
Dealing with tough spots
Some playdough stains might have settled in, and using a soapy mixture might not take care of it. With such stains, you need a tougher approach.
The simplest way is to blot the area with rubbing alcohol. Apply the alcohol to a piece of cloth (preferably white) then use it to blot the stain. As you blot away, keep checking for color transfer, which is a sign that the approach is working. If you notice any color transfer, use a fresh patch on the cloth to continue blotting. This helps to prevent the accidental spreading of the stain.
If you don’t have any alcohol, you can also use some diluted vinegar to remove the color stains. Mix one part of vinegar to four parts of water and use the same blotting technique. Make sure the cloth you use is damp and not dripping wet.
For white carpets, you should use hydrogen peroxide. Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to a paper towel and blot the stained area until it’s removed.
If you decide to use hydrogen peroxide, you have to be very careful. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach carpets and remove patterns. That is why it’s only recommended for ultra-white plain carpets.
If you’re not sure, you can always test a small amount of the product on an inconspicuous part of the carpet before applying it to the actual stains.
Having kids around is a blessing that comes with some additional responsibility. One such liability is constantly chasing after stains. If your kids love playing with playdough, you have to keep chasing out the stains to keep your carpets looking pristine. These simple tips should help keep everything in order, and you don’t have to worry about taking the children’s playtime away to save your carpets.