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How-To-Get-Paint-Out-Of-Carpets

Any paint that comes into contact with carpet needs to be promptly removed. For best results, make sure you know what type of paint spilled on the carpet and what type of carpet you are treating, then use one of the methods below to tackle the problem. Types of paint we will be looking at are: Acrylic Paint, Latex Paint, Oil Paint and Dried-on latex or acrylic paint.

Acrylic paint
This paint is mixed with acrylic resins and is water basic. By following these basic techniques you can clean spilled acrylic pain from about any carpet, as well as nylon and synthetic blends. Make sure to check the labels on the acrylic paint so you can be set for this fix.

  • Contain the spill by placing paper towels around the spilled paint to stop it from spreading.
  • Using dry paper towels dab the spilled paint (DO NOT RUB!) absorb as much paint as you can this way before moving on.
  • Using glycerin on dry paper towel, dab the paint spill and continue dabbing until the paint comes up.
  • Using acetone or nail polish remover to clean up any leftover. Dab this up with paper towel.
  • Mix water and detergent in a container according to the directions on the detergent.
  • Dampen a sponge with the detergent solution to complete the clean up. Make sure not to use too much water
  • Thoroughly dry the area with a clean towel
  • Vacuum

Latex paint
Latex paints are water based just as acrylic paint but possibly have vinyl mix in place of an acrylic resin mix; you may notice in the price that vinyl is cheaper to use. Follow these steps to fix a latex paint spill.

  • Contain the spill by placing paper towels around the paint spill to keep it from spreading.
  • Use dry paper towels and dab the spill. DO NOT RUB! only dab to keep from spreading. Get as much of the spill as you can with this step, without spreading it.
  • Combine one teaspoon of a neutral detergent and 240ml of tepid water.
  • The neutral detergent has to be mild and free of any bleaches or alkalies.
  • Dab gently on the stain.
  • Sponge with clean water in a dabbing motion
  • Repeat as needed to remove as much or the stain as possible.

This method works best on wet paint. This was tested on Berber carpet and depending on your carpet type results may vary.

  • Absorb as much of the paint with an old towel as possible.
  • Sprinkle the stain with water, while sucking up the paint with a shop vac. Repeat until the paint is almost gone.
  • Spray Spot Shot (or similar solution) over the stain. Using a soft brush, scrub until you see it begin to foam up. Sprinkle with water again. Then remove with a carpet cleaning vacuum.

Clean with vinegar for water-based paints

Water-based paints include powder, eggshell, latex, emulsion, acrylic, etc. If you have concerns, contact the retailer or manufacturer responsible for that brand of paint. If the paint instructions tell you to wash your paintbrushes in soap and water, then it’s a water-based paint.

  • Absorb as much of the paint as possible with a paper towel or towel. DO NOT RUB! only blot as needed.
  • Pour a little white distilled vinegar on your cleaning cloth.
  • Blot the stain with the cloth you just poured the vinegar on. DO NOT RUB or you will spread the stain making it more difficult to remove.
  • You will see the paint beginning to lift onto the cloth and out of the carpet.
  • Continue blotting gently turning the cloth to a new area every now and then to absorb more paint.
  • Blot until pain is completely gone.
  • Sponge with warm soapy water and then let it dry.

Dried-on latex or acrylic paint

Dried-on paint creates a more difficult challenge. You will need to buy a strong cleaning agent for this, like the citrus-based dissolving agents or WD-40. Always read the instructions and warnings on the container before you use it. It is also best to always do a spot test just to see if the cleaner stains.

  • Attempt to remove as much of the dried paint as you can before incorporating cleaners. Using paint scraper, butter knife, a razor blade, or similar sharp, flat object scrape off whatever dried globs you can get to.
  • Spray the citrus based cleaner or WD-40 on the stain and then blot gently using a clean, white rag. Then let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Blot the stain again and remove anything that has softened enough. Tweezers could be helpful here. Try the knife or blade again to remove as much as will come up.
  • Clean with warm water and a neutral detergent in a dabbing motion
  • Dab with clear water. Then let it dry.
  • Repeat as needed.

Oil paint

Oil-based paint may turn out to be a little trickier to handle but could also be removed with quick response. If it dries on then you should seek professional help. You can usually determine if it’s oil paint by the brush-cleaning instructions. If the instructions tell you that brushes must be cleaned in white spirits, mineral spirits, turpentine, or other such solvents, then it’s an oil-based paint. This unfortunately means that it needs to be cleaned with a solvent also, and that carries a risk of causing the carpet color to become lighter.

  • Absorb the paint puddle with an paper towels or old towel. DO NOT RUB! You should only blot lightly.
  • Sponge the stain by using a little dry-cleaning solvent.
  • Only use a small amount so as to avoid damaging any of the backing, fibers, and dyes.
  • Combine 240ml of tepid water with one teaspoon of a neutral detergent. Dab
  • Sponge with clean water. Dab.

Repeat as needed.

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