How To Remove Paint From Carpet

How to remove paint on carpetHopefully you are not like me. I have a tendency to make messes that started when I was a child. When we would go play in the snow, I was the only one who would get muddy. Unfortunately, this dark cloud has followed me into adult life and I still have problems with messes, especially when I paint. The follow information is gleaned from years of cleaning up my own painting spills.
One of the worst disasters that homeowners have to face is paint on the carpet, whether it is from a child who spilled their art project or from not covering the carpet properly when painting the walls. Not to mention it always seems that the brighter the paint, the more that gets spilled. In the past, spilled paint on the carpet often meant either replacing your carpet or covering the unsightly stains with furniture or some type of decoration. With the right knowledge and a little bit of work, hiding the unsightly paint stains is a thing of the past.
Do Paint Stains Mean New Carpet
The first thing that runs through people’s minds, mine included, whenever paint is spilled is, “Do we have to replace the carpet?” Out of all of the things you can stain your carpet with, paint stains are probably one of the worst, mainly because of how hard they can be to get out. Not to mention that replacing the carpet is the last thing anybody wants to do because of how expensive it can be. Even if you do the labor yourself carpet costs can add up. Luckily, learning how to remove paint from your carpet does not include replacing the carpet most of the time.
Removing Latex Paint From Carpet
Latex paint is perhaps the worst kind of paint that can be spilled on the carpet because of how hard it is to get out, especially after it has dried. The worst part about knowing this is that latex paint is also the most commonly used paint. If latex paint is spilled on your carpet you will want to clean it up as soon as it happens, do not wait until after you are done painting the room. Stopping what you are doing and cleaning up the spill when it happens improves your chance of getting rid of the mess for good and also makes it easier to clean.

Step One: Blotting
Grab a clean, absorbent cloth, white is the best color so it will not bleed into the carpet, nothing is worse than making the stain darker. With the cloth you want to work from the outside of the stain into the center, gently blotting the spilled paint. As the cloth soaks up the paint, you will need to turn the cloth over or refold it to ensure you are working with a clean section of cloth. Grab a new one if needed.

Step Two: Damp Blotting
Once you have removed as much paint as possible you will want to grab a sponge and a bucket of cool water. With a damp sponge begin blotting the area, once again working from the outside in, so as not to spread the stain. Every so often you will need to rinse the sponge out in the bucket of cool water, dump out the old water and replace with clean water as needed.

Step Three: Soapy Blotting
Measure out one cup of lukewarm water and one teaspoon of dish washing detergent, the same stuff you put in your dishwasher, and mix them together. With a new, white cloth gently blot the stain with the mixture, once again working from the outside in.

Step Four: Finishing Touches
Once all the blotting has been done you will need to allow the area to thoroughly air dry. Once dry, vacuum the area several times to ensure stain is gone. If the stain still persists you will want to call a professional carpet cleaner, as they have special tools and chemicals that they can use to get out just about any stain.

Removing Oil Based Paints From Carpets
Oil based paints are just as easy to remove from carpets, but you must act quickly and use the right tools. As soon as the paint spills grab some extra absorbent paper towels. Use these towels to blot the paint until the paper towel will no longer pull up any more paint. Discard the paper towel and repeat the process using a new one until you can no longer bring up any paint. Next grab some paint thinner and a clean, absorbent white rag. Dip a section of the rag into paint thinner and blot away at the stain. Continue this process until the stain has been removed, using clean rags as needed. The key to removing oil based paint is to always blot the paint never rub it!
Once the stain has been removed you will need to clean and deodorize your carpets. Cleaning the carpet can be done with a steam cleaner or by hand, just ensure you use a carpet cleaning product to help remove the last bits of the stain. To deodorize the carpets sprinkle a small amount of baking soda directly where the stain was and allow it to sit for one hour before vacuuming it up.

Is It Possible To Remove Dried Paint From Carpets
While it is a lot easier to remove paint from the carpet while it is still wet a big part of learning how to remove paint from carpet involves dried paint. Wet paint is easy to spot when a large amount is spilled, but more often than not with your painting projects small amounts of paint make it onto your carpet. This can be due to the paint flicking off the roller as you paint the wall or it can be in the form of drips when getting the brush or the roller wet. No matter what the case is, chances are by the time you notice the paint it has already dried into the carpet.
If you happen to notice dried paint in your carpet, weeks or even months later, all hope is not lost there are several different products you can use to try and remove the stain. Among the most popular products are WD-40, paint thinner, Goo Gone, and acetone nail polish remover. No matter what product you end up using you will want to test out the product on a small area of your carpet. To ensure it does not discolor or damage your carpet in anyway.
Using WD-40 and Goo Gone
In addition to the WD-40 or the Goo Gone you will also need to grab some white absorbent cloths, and a dull knife or razor blade. Use the razor blade or dull knife to scrap off as much of the dried paint as possible. If using the razor blade be careful not to cut the carpet fibers, using a butter knife or something similar can help prevent accidental cutting of the carpet fibers. Now you are ready to apply the product, make sure to cover the area with the product of your choice. Work the product in with one of the cloths and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes.
After allowing the paint to loosen for 20 minutes you need to grab a clean cloth and get to work scrubbing the stain. When scrubbing the stained area work from the outside in, so as not to spread the stain. After a bit of scrubbing you will want to use the knife or razor blade again to scrape off any loose paint. Once the paint has been removed, clean the spot with some water and dish washing soap, making sure to rinse thoroughly with warm, clean water.

Paint Thinner and Acetone Nail Polish Remover
The only difference with using paint thinner or acetone nail polish remover to get rid of the dried paint is that once the paint begins to soften you will want to switch between scraping and scrubbing or blotting, blotting works best with paint thinner.

Removing Tempera Paint From Carpets
Most tempera paints claim that they are washable, but because of how intense the dyes are they can be almost impossible to get out of carpets, especially red and yellow. How you will go about removing the paint from the carpet will vary based on whether it is wet or dry.

Step One: Getting Rid Of Excess Paint
If the paint is dry, scrape off as much paint as you can, dried tempera paint turns to a powder when scraped. If it is wet use a paper towel or white rag to blot up as much of the paint as possible.

Step Two: Using White Vinegar
Spray the stain with some white vinegar and allow to sit for several minutes. Use a clean white rag to soak up the white vinegar and paint. Always blot with a clean section of cloth, turning and replacing the cloth as necessary.

Step Three: Use Stain Remover
If there is a slight stain left you will need to use a stain remover, such as Oxy-Clean or Resolve. Spray the paint with the stain remover and blot with a clean cloth. Changing cloths as needed.

Step Four: Clean The Carpet
Once the stain is gone rinse the area with clean water. Use a clean white rag to absorb the excess water. Once the area has dried vacuum thoroughly.

I hope this information helps you if you have a paint spill problem. The best way I have found to stop making stains is to use a drop cloth everywhere that there is a chance that I could spill paint. Of course, you have to be careful if you spill paint on the cloth because you can still step in it and track it throughout the house before you recognize what you are doing. Believe me, I know.

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