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How to remove acrylic and oil base paints from your carpets.

Removal of Acrylic Paints:

This paint is water basic, mixed with acrylic resins. If you follow these steps, you can clean up spilled acrylic paint from almost any carpet, including synthetic and nylon blends. Check the label for “acrylic paint” and you’re good to go with this fix.

  1. Contain the spill. Use the following method to stop the paint from bleeding into more carpet.
  2. Place paper towels around the paint to keep it from spreading.
  3. Use dry paper towels to blot the spilled paint. Do not rub; only blot. Get up as much of the paint as you can with this method.
  4. Use nail polish remover or acetone to clean up any residue. Blot this up with paper towels.
  5. Mix detergent and water in a bucket according to the instructions on the detergent bottle.
  6. Use a sponge dampened with the detergent mixture to finish the clean up. Do not use too much water.
  7. Dry the area with a towel, then vacuum.

Removal of Oil base Paints:

Oil-based paint may prove a little trickier to deal with but it can be removed with quick action. Once it dries on, you should really seek professional help. Oil paint can usually be determined by the brush-cleaning instructions. If the instructions require that brushes be cleaned in turpentine, mineral spirits, white spirits, or other such solvents, then it’s an oil-based paint. Unfortunately, this means that it needs to be cleaned with a solvent too, and this carries a risk of lightening the carpet color.

First Method – for wet oil paint:

  1. Soak up the paint puddle with an old towel or paper towels. Do not rub—only dab lightly.
  2. Sponge the stain using a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent.
  3. Only use a small amount, to avoid damaging the fibers, backing and dyes.
  4. Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent with 240ml of tepid water.
  5. Blot Sponge with clean water and repeat if needed

Second Method – for wet oil paint:

  1. Absorb as much of the paint as possible with a towel or disposable rag
  2. Use mineral spirits, acetone or lacquer thinner to absorb the paint. Wet the no-dye cleaning cloth with the agent. Take care to only dab these agents onto the paint and not on the carpet
  3. Each of these agents carries a risk of bleaching or discoloring your carpet. If it’s a toss-up between a lighter carpet and a brightly painted one, the lighter carpet is probably less eye-catching.

These are some great tips and guidelines in removing acrylic and oil-base paints from your carpets if properly implemented at the right time and using the correct procedures. If you are experiencing severe paint stain problems on your carpets and you are not sure how to fix it, leave it to the expert carpet cleaners at Citrus Fresh Carpet Cleaning Inc. in Charleston, SC.

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