I can't speak to "old, dried out" silly putty, but if fresh...
I was about to try some of the more extreme solutions about the web using alcohol, WD-40, Goo Gone, etc. when something occurred to me: silly putty is sticky unto itself!
I grabbed a fair glob of my kid's silly putty and started to work it into a warm and very malleable ball. I then stuck it into the couch fabric it was pressed into. As I doubbed the glob of silly putty onto the smaller clumps - it started to come up!
I then tried it on the carpet where there was a big glob I had ground in further by trying to remove by hand - same excellent results!
No stains, no chemicals! Just a little bit of time & effort daubing it out! The silly putty picked up a bunch of fabric lint but who cares? (it didn't seem to hurt it anyway! Lol)
I just used goo gone gel spray on green putty stuck on bur bur carpet it got 95% out. Hoping some of the other advice on here like dawn dish soap wd40 works to get the rest out
A LOT of Goo-Gone and scrubbing with a towel and water.
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My grandson left Silly Putty on his carpet and in the heat of summer it melted into the carpet.
By jackie posadas from Plainville, CT
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You can clean Silly Putty off of a shag carpet, by scrubbing it with denatured alcohol. Then use orange cleaner then it's totally gone!
I just discovered that my son left silly putty on the carpet in his room and it melted into the carpet during the warm of the day. Help!