How to Get Silly Putty Out of the Couch Cushions

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Things You'll Need

  • Dull knife

  • Dry rag

  • WD-40

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton balls

  • Soapy rag

  • White vinegar

Kids love Silly Putty. Although it can be quite a mess, we still let our kids play with it. Sometimes, Silly Putty ends up in places where it doesn't belong, such as the couch cushions. It may seem impossible, but you can successfully remove Silly Putty from a couch by following the proper steps. The right tools and products, combined with a bit of patience and elbow grease, will leave your couch cushions looking unscathed.


Step 1

Use a dull knife to scrape as much of the putty from the couch cushions as possible. Wipe the knife frequently with a dry rag to prevent the putty from spreading. Work slowly and gently while scraping.

Step 2

Spray the Silly Putty stain with WD-40 or a similar oil lubricant. Spray only a thin layer of the spray onto the cushions to cover the stain. Let it sit on the stain for about 3 minutes.

Step 3

Scrape the area again with the dull knife to remove more of the Silly Putty. Respray the stain with the WD-40 and wipe the area with a cotton ball.


Step 4

Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a clean cotton ball if there is still residue from the Silly Putty on the fabric. Blot the stain with the cotton ball and then wipe clean with a rag and soapy water

Step 5

Use vinegar if some of the Silly Putty remains on the couch. Pour some white vinegar onto a clean, dry rag and rub it into the stain. Go over the area with a wet rag.

Step 6

Hold a clean, dry cloth onto the wet area of the couch for a few minutes. This will soak up any excess moisture and residue from the fabric. Allow the cushions to air dry.



Kimbry Parker

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.