How to Remove Gak From the Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer

  • Cellophane

  • Laundry detergent

  • Soft-bristle cleaning brush

  • Plastic bucket

Using a hair dryer to heat the gak will make it softer and easier to clean out of the carpet.

Nickelodeon Gak was a popular toy in the mid- to late-1990s. Similar to silly putty, it is a gooey substance that can be molded into different shapes and played with by squeezing it in your hands. Though gak is fun to play with, it can sometimes become stuck in surfaces such as carpet and be difficult to remove, especially once it has dried. Removing gak from your carpet is similar to removing chewing gum. It needs to be heated and lifted out of the carpet by hand.

Step 1

Use a hair dryer to blow hot air directly onto the dried gak in the carpet.

Step 2

Once the gak has become soft, wrap a piece of cellophane around your hand and begin to pull pieces of gak up from the carpet. If the gak begins to harden, reheat it with the hair dryer and continue to pick up pieces of gak from the carpet.

Step 3

Once you have picked all of the gak out of the carpet that you can, fill the plastic bucket about 1/3 full with warm water.

Step 4

Pour a capful of laundry detergent into the bucket and swirl the bucket around to mix the detergent into the water.

Step 5

Dip the soft-bristle cleaning brush into the soapy water and scrub the carpet where the gak was located. This should remove the remaining bits of gak from the carpet.

Step 6

Allow the carpet to dry completely.

Step 7

Repeat Steps 1 through 6 until the gak is no longer visible in the carpet.


Mary Sharp

Mary Sharp has been writing professionally since 2007. Many of her articles appear online, specializing in the diet and habitat of wild animals. Sharp has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in English at the University of North Texas.