When it comes to getting paint out of a carpet, I’m sure you’ve heard about plenty carpet cleaning tips and stain removal.
If you’re looking for some practical, actionable tips that you can use to remove paint from carpet, then you’ll love this guide.
It’s a simple step-by-step instruction that will help you to remove different paint stains, whether it is acrylic paint, dried latex paint or oil based paint on your carpet.
Following are the methods to remove five kinds of paints from your precious carpet:
How to get acrylic paint out of carpet
Acrylic paints are water-based, therefore, one of the simpler paints to expel from the carpet. However, you need treat the spill in time as they dry rapidly. You will need to move quickly. Utilize nail polish remover or acetone and lift the paint recolor by delicately touching with paper towels or a fabric.
Contain the spill by arranging paper towels around the affected area
Dab the paper towel into the spill to take out the access. Don’t rub
Use the nail polish remover to blot the carpet. Keep it at until the point comes up
Use a detergent mixed with water to wash out the rest
Rub the solution into the affected area with a sponge
Keep using the sponge until the paint is removed from the carpet
Lastly, take a hand vacuum or a regular one to clean any remaining particles from the affected area
Leave the area to dry
How to get water based paint out of carpet
As mentioned earlier, water-based paints are easier to remove. Use the following process to remove the pain effectively.
Identify if the paint stain is wet or dry
If wet, take a soft fabric or paper towel to blot the affected area. Don’t rub at the area; just blot
If the paint is dry, take hot water and mix with detergent
Pour the detergent solution onto the affected area and let it sit for a while
The pain will soften up
Use a knife or pin to scrape of the pain stain
Don’t scrape too hard and keep pouring more solution as you continue
In case the pain is not softening, use a handheld steamer while you scrape
How to get oil based paint out of carpet
Oil paints are a bit difficult to remove from the fabric because of their viscosity. You can either use a solvent or steamer to remove oil-based paints from the carpet.
See the label of the paint
Determine what type of solvent the company recommends for the oil paint
Otherwise, use turpentine, which is appropriate for multiple oil-based paints
Take a clean and soft piece of cloth
Dip the piece of fabric into the solvent
Blot the affected area of the carpet with the soaked cloth
If the paint makes the cloth too dirty to use further, keep changing the piece of cloth
Don’t try soaking the affected area with the solvent
Soaking the area may damage the fibers of the carpet
At some point, the piece of cloth will stop[ picking up anymore paint
At this point, get a carpet shampoo
Use this shampoo to remove the excess amount of solvent from the carpet
Use a reasonable amount of water to rinse the affected area
If the solvent does not work, use a steamer
The heat and moisture from the steamer will soften the paint
It can be picked out by scraper or needle
Discard the needle in a plastic bag and don’t stick in other parts of the carpet
The methods work more effectively if the spill is treated as soon as possible.
How to get spray paint out of carpet
Make sure you have paper towels, clean white cloths, rubbing alcohol and a brick. Follow the step wise procedure to effectively remove spray paint from the carpet.
As with any other paint, try removing the stain while it is fresh
Dab the affected area with a dry paper towel
Take a white cloth and dip in rubbing alcohol
Blot the cloth onto the affected area
Don’t scrub or rub vigorously; just keep dabbing
Continue to dab until the paint is removed or cloth does not pick at it anymore
Place several paper towel on the affected area
Put a brick above the paper towels and let it set
The extra paint will be absorbed by the towels
Repeat as many times as required to pick out all of the paint
Remove the brick
Let the area air dry
How to get dried latex paint out of carpet
Latex paint is thick in consistency so it can become hard to get it out of a carpet. However, like any other paint, if the spill is treated soon after it happened, it has more chances to get removed. The following process is easy to apply and may only take half an hour.
You need a sponge, washcloth, cold water, warm water, detergent, paint remover and shop vac.
Take the sponge and dip in cold water
Sponge at the stain to remove as much excess paint as possible. Don’t rub and just blot
Mix warm water with soap or paint remover
Dip the sponge in this mixture
Again, just blot at the affected area and continue until paint is removed
If the stain is large, wet the area with water
The water will dilute the excess paint. You may use several gallons if it is necessary
Pick at the paint with a dry shop vac
The important thing to remember with each kind of paint is to treat it as soon as possible. The fresher the stain is, the easier it is to remove. Never scrub at the stain really hard. This will only spread the stain in a messy manner and to get deeper into the fibers of the carpet.
On the other hand, if you are using any kind of chemicals to remove a specific paint, use gloves to protect your hands and wear goggles to prevent fumes in the eyes. Moreover, don’t forget to read the instructions on these chemicals so as to use them effectively and safely. Don’t use chemicals without proper knowledge of their effects because you may end up cleaning the stain but damaging the material of the carpet as well.
To be on the safer side, when using paints, cover or roll the carpets in the vicinity.