You can let your painting creativity run wild – but not on your carpet
Ever had this mishap of knocking paint over? Or accidentally getting blobs of paint on your carpet?
Ok, and you are not entirely sure if it will come off. Or if the carpet is ruined for good.
Fortunately, in my article, you’ll learn:
Let’s get started!
In this guide, I’ll focus on three types of paint that can stain your carpet: acrylics, oil-based and water-based paints.
These are all commonly used for interior designs and even arts and craft activities. They may appear to look the same but they are made from different ingredients and vary on how long they dry.
Plus, each of these types may require various techniques to remove them from surfaces. So don’t miss out on how to differentiate them.
But don’t rejoice yet, because it dries FAST and turns water-resistant after.
If you want to clean it, be sure to get turpentine or thinner to get it done.
This is the usual paint most people use for their house and its interior.
Now let’s take a look at the different methods to remove paint out of your carpet.
Methods to Remove Three Types of Fresh Paint Out of Carpets
If you’re in this situation where you have paint on your carpet, I recommend that you act fast.
For this, clean out the paint once it touches the carpet. For instance, if you want to update your wall paint or do minor interior touch-ups, make sure to get the cleaning materials ready.
Indeed, you’ll never know when the paint will land on your carpet. And cleaning it on time will make all the difference.
Read this step-by-step guide on how you can clean paint off your carpet effectively.
First, prepare the following materials:
Put on your gloves and mask. Then get a damp rag to moisten the affected area through dabbing. Do not scrub.
Add about 0.5 oz of laundry detergent on the rag to loosen the paint.
Do a small spot test to see if the detergent will stain. Blot. Again, do not scrub. Why? Because scrubbing may cause the paint to spread.
On another part of the rag, add acetone and clean the area. This will, in turn, lift more paint from the carpet.
Continue to apply acetone until the paint stain disappears.
If the acetone step hasn’t been concluding, you can apply a carpet cleaning solution instead.
However, you should remove all the acetone before following this step.
So, apply the cleaning solution, then use an old toothbrush and gently scrub the carpet.
Let the cleaner sit on the carpet for 6-7 minutes. Finish by rinsing your carpet with water.
Finally, vacuum your carpet.
For this, I suggest using a wet vacuum. If you don’t, you may damage your vacuum.
In fact, a regular dry vacuum is not insulated inside and may break if it absorbs the liquids from the carpet.
For this method, you’ll need the following material:
Dab the paint stain with a damp rag or towel. At this stage, you just have to blot the area. Do not scrub.
Apply a cleaning solution on the stain.
This can be a commercial preparation or your own homemade carpet cleaner. For instance, you can use half vinegar, half of hot water in a spray bottle.
Another great alternative is to add ¼ teaspoon dish-washing detergent. Blot again.
If you notice that there is a lot to remove, you can use the pliers to help you out.
If necessary, do not hesitate to apply for more cleaning solutions. For dry paint parts, you can let the laundry detergent act for at least 5 minutes before using the pliers.
Then use a wet vacuum to clean off as much paint as possible.
Another great cleaning machine is a carpet steamer. They are quite efficient to clean carpet.
As usual, prepare all the needed materials:
If the paint is still too much for a towel, use the putty knife again to scrape off the softened paint off.
The turpentine works wonders on paint and is an excellent solvent that separates the paint from your fabrics.
For safety reasons, do not hesitate to use gloves and glasses when using turpentine.
Should you notice the paint stain on your carpet a little bit too late, do not be discouraged. With this method, you’ll be able to remove dry paint from your carpet.
Since the paint may be already too dry, let’s prepare the following materials to clean off dry paint (no matter the type)
Let us start with oil-based paint stains. Why? Simply because they prove to be a little bit more challenging.
Instructions for oil-based paint stains:
Hover a carpet steamer to soften the paint.
Mix ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent or warm water/vinegar solution in a spray bottle.
Spray the solution on the carpet and let sit for 5 minutes
Cut parts with paints that do not come off.
For acrylic and latex or water-based paint stains, you may refer to this guide:
Use your putty knife or real knife to scrape off the paint. With this step, be careful not to damage the carpet fibers.
Use needle-nose pliers to take off bigger blobs of paint. Dab water over remaining paint stains and let it sit for a few minutes to soften it.
Vacuum it off with a wet vacuum. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you get off most of the paint.
Spray the affected part with the vinegar or dishwashing detergent solution. Then, use the brush to scrub the area sprayed with the solution. Keep brushing until the paint is taken care of.
Use a wet vacuum to get the paint, solution, and other moisture off the carpet.
In this case, what worked best for them was mixing dishwashing detergent and hot water either on a spray bottle or in a container then dab it on the affected area. Then let it soak on the carpet for about five minutes. Next, as soon as the paint softens, scrape off the paint with a paint scraper, a knife, or any flat tool I find. Repeat until the paint is completely off.
Then use an alcohol-based cleaner or a nail polish remover on the affected area to help soften the bonds of the paint and scrape them off. Dab the area with a wet towel after.
You may either just cut off the part that is stained (if it’s only on the tips or the edges, where hardly anyone can know you’ve cut the damaged part). Should you not want to cut, follows the steps listed in the guide.
I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to clean paint out of carpet.
Now it’s your turn:
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