Slugs and snails are nuisance enough when they’re in the garden, but when they make their way into your home, that’s when the real trouble starts. They leave slimy trails behind them which stick to your carpet and can be a nightmare to clean. Here’s how to remove snail trails from your carpet.
Use an Enzymatic Cleaner
Using an Enzymatic Cleaner is by far the best method of removing snail trails from your carpet. Enzyme cleaners can not only eliminate snail or slug trails, but can remove other tough stains such as blood, sweat, oil, makeup, red wine, mud, and countless other stains and odours. There are plenty of good quality enzyme cleaners available, although we only recommend a safe all-natural, non-toxic household cleaner such as Enzyme Concentrate » which doesn’t damage your carpet.
Find their entry point
Before starting to clean the snail trails, see if you can follow them to find how the snail got into your home. If you find where they got in, try and block the hole so it doesn’t happen again. This isn’t going to help you deal with the current trail of slime, but you might be able to prevent any more snails from defacing your carpet.
Lightly rub the snail trail
If you want to go with a DIY method for removing snail trails, it’s still possible, just be careful not to ruin the pile of your carpet. Snail trails often dry and leave a flaky coating over your carpet, this means that a lot of the excess snail trail can usually be rubbed off. Use a clean cloth to gently rub the snail trail and you should find this dislodges some of the flakey slime. Just be careful not to rub too hard, you don’t want to damage the carpet fibres.
Vacuum the snail trail
Once you’ve rubbed the snail trail and separated some of the dried residue from the carpet, try vacuuming. This is going to pick up any residue and potentially lift the snail trail from your carpet completely.
Try using baking soda
If the snail trail is proving to be a stubborn one, and the rubbing and vacuuming didn’t work, you can always try baking soda.
Baking soda is slightly abrasive, so it can remove residue from your carpet without damaging it. It will absorb any moisture left in the slime, leaving you with a dusty residue that should be easy to clean up.
Sprinkle the baking soda over the snail trail, and leave it to work its magic for a few hours. Then you can just hoover up the powder and any dried snail trail.
Don’t add water to the snail trail
With snail trails, it’s important to resist the urge to use water in the cleaning process. The last thing you want is to create more work for yourself, and water can actually make snail trails worse, and cause them to sink further into the carpet.
So keep the snail trail dry, as it’s going to be easier to clean once its completely dried out.
Snail trails should be relatively easy to remove from your carpet, but occasionally you might get some stubborn slime. Hopefully you now know how to remove snail trails from your carpet quickly and easily.
If your efforts don’t seem to be having an effect though, it can be a good idea to consult a professional carpet cleaning company. Professionals will know exactly how to remove snail trails from carpet, and with professional methods such as hot water extraction cleaning, snail trails and any other stains can be removed quickly.