How to Remove Silly Putty From Furniture


Silly Putty is a childhood favorite that children love to spread around the house, on toys, on themselves and on your furniture and fabrics. It can seem like the putty will never come out of the material on your expensive furniture, but it is certainly not a lost cause. With a few simple ingredients and some elbow-grease, you can remove the putty and the stains on fabrics next time your little one has a little too much excitement with her Silly Putty.

Things You'll Need

  • Can of WD-40 lubricant
  • Metal spoon or dull knife
  • Several cotton balls
  • Several clean sponges or rags
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment
  • Using the knife or spoon, gently try to scrape off as much of the putty as you can without digging into the fabric. Vacuum the surface to remove loosened debris.

  • Carefully spray the lubricant onto the area where the putty was fastened. Allow it to penetrate the area for 3 to 5 minutes. Take a rag, and carefully wipe the area.

  • After initial cleaning, re-spray the area with WD-40 again, and remove stains with a cotton ball.

  • Take a clean cotton ball, and apply rubbing alcohol. Rub the cotton on the stained area.

  • If stains or putty remain, moisten clean rag or sponge with water, and add a few drops of dish soap. Use a sponge to gently clean the stained area again. Allow the furniture to dry thoroughly.

  • Recheck for stains after completely the furniture has completely dried, and repeat the process as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove the putty and clean the stain as soon as possible for best results.
  • Substitute mineral oil for the WD-40 lubricant.
  • Always check with the manufacturer's directions for cleaning furniture fabrics before applying any soaps or solvents.

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