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How to Remove Play-Doh From Rugs and Carpet


When there are little ones running around the house, it’s inevitable that sometimes you’ll come across some hair-pulling messes that can be a challenge to resolve. Luckily, there’s a solution for almost every problem, so here, we share how to remove play-doh from rugs and carpet.

Sure, you may have laid the newspaper on the table to keep paint off of the desk, but what about the floor? There’s nothing more heartbreaking than coming across an immovable stain on your cherished feature rug or freshly laid carpet, especially if you’ve spent a pretty penny on your new flooring. 

Unfortunately, with children, no one ever knows when an accident is just around the corner, especially when it comes to the various ways we like to keep them entertained, and play-doh is a common culprit when it comes to making messes.

Like chewing gum, play-doh hands a tendency to stick to fibers – making it a challenge to remove from rugs and carpets with a high pile, and even those that don’t!

To help you restore your home to its original condition, here’s how to remove play-doh from rugs and carpet.


It’s important not to put hot water on a carpet–play-doh crime scene, as this could cause the dye to run and make things worse, so here’s what you need to do to remove play-doh from your rugs and carpet.

  • Grab a fresh wad of play-doh and gently blot the mess to get as much off as possible.
  • Let it dry completely (hard to watch, we know), then use a knife to loosen all the solid pieces of play-doh.
  • Vacuum and repeat the knife-scraping if necessary. 
  • Wash any residual stain with cold water and some gentle soap.
  • Then banish the kids to the garden, pour yourself a glass of wine, and drink a toast to outdoor play.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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