How to Remove Flarp From the Carpet

Updated April 17, 2017

Got kids? Then you have probably been acquainted with the gooey fun of Gak, Silly Putty or Flarp. These substances are a combination of white glue, water, borax and colouring. Other ingredients may be used depending on the end result that you are trying to achieve. Flarp, sometimes called noise putty, is great fun for the middle school age group. When the fun gets out of hand and the Flarp finds its way into your carpet, use household products to remove it.

Apply an ice pack to the Flarp to harden it.

Scrape the hardened Flarp from the carpet with a dull knife. Use your fingernails to remove embedded pieces.

Saturate the area with a liquid product used for removing adhesive residue. Leave the solution on the carpet for about five minutes.

Rub the area with a damp cloth to remove the product.

Repeat applications, if necessary, to remove as much of the Flarp as possible.

Prepare a mixture of hot water and mild liquid detergent. Apply the mixture to the carpet with a sponge.

Rub the soapy solution into the carpet until the Flarp is completely removed.

Remove the solution by blotting with a clean, damp cloth. Rinse the cloth and continue to blot until the soap is removed.


Test any cleaning products on an inconspicuous area of your carpet before beginning. Although the products are harmless to most people, wear rubber gloves to protect sensitive skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice pack
  • Dull knife
  • Adhesive remover
  • Clean cloths
  • Liquid detergent
  • Sponge
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About the Author

Michele Norfleet is a freelance writer who writes on travel, home and garden and education topics. She has coauthored a handbook for teachers on school-wide discipline and has contributed tips for special-needs students in the basal curriculum for RCL Benziger. Norfleet holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and has experience as a special-needs teacher and speech pathologist.