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How to remove latex paint from your carpets.

Paint that has been dropped, splashed or dripped onto carpet needs prompt attention to remove it. For the best success in removing paint, know both the paint type and carpet type and choose one of the following stain removal solutions to tackle it.

Things to be aware of: Never rub any type of carpet spill. Only dab and soak up stains. Rubbing will disperse the stain and make things much harder to fix.

If this looks too much like a challenge or these methods below do not work, please call a professional carpet cleaner like Citrus Fresh Carpet Cleaning Inc. in Charleston, SC.

*Please Note: While acetone, paint thinner or hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove stubborn dried-on paint, it’s likely that these items will also bleach your carpet. You’ll need to decide what the worst outcome is, a painted or a bleached carpet.

Items you will need are paper towels to soak up the paint and cleaning cloths.

There are several different methods in removing latex paint from carpet.

First Method:

  1. Contain the spill.
  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, without spreading it.
  4. Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent with 240ml of tepid water.
  5. The neutral detergent must be mild and free of all alkalizes or bleaches.
  6. Blot gently on the paint stain and repeat as often as needed to fully remove the stain.

Second Method – This method works best on wet paint. It has been tested on Berber carpet and the results may vary, depending on your carpet type.

  1. Soak up the paint puddle with an old towel.
  2. Sprinkle the stain with water. Simultaneously suck up the paint with a shop vac.
  3. Repeat until the paint stain is nearly gone.
  4. Spray Spot Shot (or similar solvent) over the area. Scrub with a soft brush until it begins to foam up. Sprinkle with water again and suck up with the water-capable vacuum.

Third Method – Vinegar clean for water-based paints.

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

  1. Soak up as much of the paint stain as possible with a towel or paper towel. Do not rub, only dab if needed.
  2. Pour some white distilled vinegar onto the cleaning cloth.
  3. Dab the stain with the vinegar-soaked cloth. Never rub or you’ll untwist the pile leaving a fluffy aftermath and spread the stain.
  4. As you dab, you’ll see the paint lifting onto the cloth and out of the carpet.
  5. Continue dabbing gently. Turn the cloth around to a fresh area every now and then, so that it can absorb more paint.
  6. Dab until the paint has all gone, then sponge with warm soapy water. Let dry.

Fourth Method -Dried-on acrylic or latex paint.

Dried-on paint presents a harder challenge. You’ll need to purchase a strong cleaning agent for this, such as WD-40 or the citrus-based dissolving agents. Always read the container before use and do a spot test just in case the cleaner stains in its own right.

  1. Try to remove as much dried paint as possible before adding liquid cleaners. Use a razor blade, butter knife, paint scraper or similar sharp, flat object to scrape off whatever dried blobs you can get to.
  2. Spray WD-40 or the citrus-based cleaner to the stain. Dab gently using a clean, uncolored rag. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Dab at the stain again. Lift off anything that has softened enough to be removed. Tweezers can be useful here. Then try the blade or knife again to lift off as much as will come off.
  4. Blot rinse with clear water. Let dry. Repeat if needed.

These are some great tips and guidelines in removing latex paint from your carpets if properly implemented at the right time and using the correct procedures. If you are experiencing severe latex 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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