Kids love putty also known as a bouncy, potty, thinking, whatever you call them. If you have kids at home, there is a high chance that the little ones have played around with Flarp. Similar to Play-Doh and other putty toys, it can be a bit daunting to remove Flarp from any clothing or your fancy carpeting.
Is there a flarp stuck on your carpet now and you don’t know what to do? Have you searched for techniques and saw none? Are you looking forward to removing flaps without damaging your carpet?
Look no further as we would be discussing techniques on getting flarp out of your carpet. These techniques would leave your carpet new and fresh without damages. Check out this post on how to remove coffee smell from carpet.
How to get Flarp out of Carpet.
We all had fun playing with Flarp as kids, didn’t we? Now that we are older, it isn’t so much fun removing these sticky things out of our carpets when our kids play with them. Here are some techniques to get Flarp out of Carpet.
Step 1. Test the process on a small area first.
First things first, before proceeding to the next steps, it is essential that you try a procedure to test its effectiveness depending on the type of carpet you own.
Select an area on the carpet at a hidden corner and try the procedure. It would be far from ideal to end up with more problems if your carpet is a difficult material to handle. Sometimes, these steps may induce to stains or damage the carpet’s fabric.
Step 2. Freeze/Chill the Flarp.
The next procedure is to freeze the Flarp. The use of ice to freeze the Flarp is one great way to remove Flarp from your precious carpet. You must first apply ice on the stained area for some time until it hardens the sticky material and can therefore make it much easier to remove with a gentle scrape or scrub.
Using tweezers is also a great way to pull the hardened Flarp from more in-depth sections of the carpet. As we all know, handling ice cubes can be tricky. Ensure to wrap the ice in a plastic bag to avoid leakage and allow you to hold the ice for a longer duration.
Step 3. Scraping off the Flarp.
The next procedure is to scrape as much of the sticky material as possible. You can do this by using a butter knife, a blunt scraper, and your hands to pull the hardened Flarp from the carpet. You can achieve this in a gentle motion, remove the putty. Also, you must ensure not to scrape too deep under so as not to damage the carpet fibers.
For the most part, this step does the job correctly. But it can lead to more problems when not properly done. The most common challenge from this method is the stain that is left, which may require more treatment of the carpet.
Step 4. Treat the Stain.
You can treat the stain left on the carpet in a similar fashion that is used to remove stains from your clothes or other fabrics. You may simply;
a. Use Rubbing Alcohol.
Soak a piece of cotton in alcohol to remove any leftover Flarp. This can be achieved by soaking a ball of cotton generously in rubbing alcohol, with gentle pressure, blotting the Flarp stain with the wet cotton ball. Switch cotton balls as each ball gets soiled with the putty.
Continue this process of wiping the Flarp with alcohol-soaked cotton until there is no trace of Flarp that’s been transferred from the carpet. Other effective alternatives could be white household bleach, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or vodka instead of rubbing alcohol.
While removing stains, ensure that the color of the fabric in the carpet is not faded or damaged. No one wants to end up with a carpet that has uneven colors.
b. Use Distilled Vinegar.
Vinegar works! Soak a piece of cotton in vinegar and blot the stained area with the soaked ball. Repeat this process until there is no more putty on the carpet. This is a popular recommendation because it works like magic.
c. Use Water Solution.
The water solution is also a great way to remove that stubborn Flarp. Dampen a rag with cool water, gently rub the affected area of the carpet with the damp rag to further remove any Flarp residue.
However, you should avoid rubbing too hard to make sure you don’t push the putty remnants further into the carpet fibers. You can also blot the carpeting with a dry rag to soak up excess moisture, and allow the carpet to air dry.
d. The Use of Oil-based Solvents.
An oil-based solvent is another efficient way to get rid of any stains remaining from the removed Flarp. You can spray the solution directly on the carpet, allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and rub the area gently with a damp rag. Continue this process until the stain is wiped off. Then, blot dry with a clean cloth.
e. Use WD-40.
The WD-40 is an often-recommended oil-based solvent. The oil in WD-40 will lubricate the sticky putty enough to loosen its attachment to the carpet’s fabric. Once the attachment is loose, it becomes easier to remove.
Consequently, you may end up with a carpet that is soaked with WD-40, which can also be a tough stain to remove. So, you need to be careful to use just a small amount of the solvent on the carpet or think long and hard before going through with using WD-40 to eradicate the stain.
f. Adding more Putty.
You are probably wide-eyed right now. But believe it or not, some people recommend adding more putty on top of the ones on the carpet to remove the stain. This is based on the logic that the new piece will stick to the caked part and make it a lot easier to remove.
This recommendation is an exciting but risky one, and it may be best to stick with the freezing and scraping methods first.
What is Flarp?
Flarp also called Gak, or Silly Putty is a children’s putty that can be used to mould shapes or make farting noises. It is similar to Play-Doh, but has a wetter consistency, and makes noises when air bubbles are trapped inside the dough.
Flarp, which is a noise-making putty, gives both kids and adults some pleasure and a sense of humor. Flarp fosters kids’ education and imagination by letting them mold different shapes and forms out of the putty.
However, whoever has some trouble removing it from clothing or carpet becomes a little less excited.
Flarp can be bought from brands such as Ja-Ru Inc, Crayola, or made at home with a variety of household ingredients. Although the recipe is intended for kids that are over six years of age, who will not ingest powder.
The mixture which consists of glue, water, coloring, and some flavoring can be a fixture associated with irremovable stain. This can be a headache for parents, mostly because it has adhesive properties that allow it to stick tightly to carpets or clothes.
Carpets are especially susceptible to be at the sticky end of the adhesive-properties playthings. However, the process of removing the goo mixture from your carpet won’t be as tedious as you first imagined after reading this article.
Is Flarp Toxic?
Yes, it is and shouldn’t be ingested by children. It contains Boric acid that has a long time effect on children. These effects include their mental and reproductive health.
It is best to monitor children’s activities when using or playing with flarp. Kids younger than five shouldn’t be allowed to play with flarp for apparent health reasons.
A Flarp is a cool plaything for your kids to keep them creative and engaged at home. However, they can cause some distress when they stick to your carpet. Thankfully, the above solutions can help you eradicate any sticky putty that may stain or ruin your carpet, and keep it looking as clean as you’d like. Now, the kids can have fun, and you don’t have to bother about damage to your precious carpet.