Blu tack is great, no doubt about it. This squishy substance is excellent for mounting a picture on the wall without any nails and balancing that vintage table you got on sale. Inadvertently, you squish some blu tack into your rug. This guide will show you how to remove blu tack from the carpet step-by-step
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So, if you:
Have a young child who got a little too creative with the blu tack;
Accidentally squished some blu tack on your carpet;
Wondering how to remove blu tack/sticky putty from carpets;
Then read on! This article will help you.
How to remove blu tack from your carpet
Ironically, blu tack was invented by accident, now causing furniture and carpet accidents every day. But this doesn’t mean that blu tack mishaps can’t be fixed. The stickiness of blu tack increases over time. Be cautious and don’t rush when you try removing it after a long period of time has passed. Whatever you do, always test on an inconspicuous area of your carpet to avoid damaging the fibres.
Method #1 – Using heat
This is probably the best way to remove blu tack from carpets in terms of efficiency. Here is how you can take the blob off your rug using heat:
Heat the affected area with a hair dryer set on high for 1-2 minutes Hold the dryer at least 6” (15 cm) away from the carpet to avoid melting of fibres.
Pick up as much of the blu tack residue as possible using a reusable plastic bag or sandwich bag.
Reheat the stained area multiple times and collect anything that comes off.
If you have any medication for muscle relief, carefully apply some over the blu tack. It will break the chemical bond with the carpet so you can remove it easier.
Make a solution using 1 teaspoon of washing-up liquid and 1 cup of warm water. Dampen a white towel with the mixture and gently blot the carpet until there is no blu tack residue left.
If all else fails or you simply don’t have the time to tackle the problem yourself, then it’s time to call the cavalry. Professional carpet cleaners use specialised and certified detergents to treat and remove a wide range of stains, including ones caused by sticky blu tack.
To avoid any carpet discolouration, it is advised to have your carpet deep cleaned once the stain has been lifted. Depending on the material of your textile floor covering, Fantastic Services can offer you professional dry and steam carpet cleaning. Just make sure you mention the stain when making an enquiry, so the technician is aware of the issue.
Although there is no magic trick to guarantee you that, there is still something you can do. To avoid spending half of your weekend scrubbing carpets, simply restrict access to blu tack in your household. Keep it out of reach of children who are often the ones who mash it into the carpet causing you a mini housekeeping crisis.
You can remove blu tack from your carpet using things you have around the house.
If using the heating method, take care not to melt the carpet fibres.
Using vinegar can also help remove any unpleasant smells.
To prevent it from happening again, keep blu tack out of reach of children.
Did you manage to remove the blob from your carpet? Tell us what worked for you in the comments below so others can benefit too!
No matter the cleaning method, remember to always do a small spot test on hidden parts of your carpet. Depending on the size, nature, and age of the stain, some of them might be impossible to remove. We cannot take responsibility if any of the above-mentioned methods do not work on your carpets. Read our full disclaimer here.