Monday, August 18, 2008

Silly Putty, Get Thee Behind Me!

Our house is now a No Silly Putty zone. Until today, it was allowed but only in the kitchen, on the tile or counters. The boys knew it wasn't allowed on the rug since it got left on the upstairs carpet over night a while ago. But young kids being the literal beings they are, it never occurred to them that this rule also meant 'keep the stuff off my microfiber ottoman and anything else that isn't a hard non-porous surface'. Silly how they can't read my mind.

So tonight, I finally tried the Getting Silly Putty Out of Microfiber Upholstery remedy that I found on the interweb (thank you Google and to whomever figured this remedy out and posted it all over the web). The remedy only talked about carpet. But I have to say, it is probably easier to execute on microfiber than carpet. I haven't tackled the upstairs carpet stain yet for that very reason.

A little rubbing alcohol on a damp washcloth takes the Silly Putty right out. It seems to have taken a bit of the microfiber dye, too (based on the tiny bit on the washcloth). But when it dries, I'll know for sure. It was bright yellow - the Silly Putty. The stuff on the upstairs carpet is that classic kind of weird lifeless pink stuff. Hopefully it won't stain.

So there's your home remedy tip for the day.

10 comments:

Wanda said...

I forgot about Silly Putty....!

The kids used to press it on the comic strip in the newspaper and get the impression ....they loved it.!!

Sarakastic said...

Ahh now I know why my mom never let us have that stuff. Even though I'm a grownup sometimes I'm tempted to drink grape juice while sitting on the microfiber sofa just because the salesperson assured me that it would be stain resistant.

Beck said...

Yeesh!
I hope it comes out. My kids are big fans of spilling grape juice.

Kristen said...

Ugh! I let R have silly putty once and I found little shreds of it all over the house for weeks afterward. It has been banished from Chez Holmbrough, too!

JenKneeBee said...

I love silly putty! But I probably wouldn't if I was a mom. Congrats on getting it out though!

Jane said...

OMG, Lynette!!! I've had those same problems with Silly Putty. Nastiest stuff ever created. Try getting it out of clothing after it's sat in a pocket in the wash cycle. I have a microfiber couch and I love how easy it cleans. Ususally just a damp cloth and little soap and the couch is good as new.

Hope all is well at your end. Miss you!

Trish Ryan said...

My Mom used to groan audibly when someone would give us Silly Putty. We were allowed to make one imprint transfer from the funny pages, and then out it went.

Stacy said...

I don't think I ever played with Silly Putty.

Congrats on finding the perfect home remedy.

ellesappelle said...

:) Can't wait to have kids.

Crazy Momma said...

Well, you can thank Google for sending me your way. My son just got Silly Putty on his brand new Webkinz...headed off to try the rubbing alcohol and praying to GOD that it doesn't remove any color!! Thanks!