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How To Clean Paint Stains Out of Your Carpet

Got some drips while renovating your home or spilled paint on the carpet? This tutorial will explain and detail techniques that will allow you to better handle such stains and even be able to remove some of them. Latex and water based paints both bind pretty easily to fibers, and since you can’t use paint thinner on your carpets, your best bet is to react immediately.

Dealing with brush strokes or paint drips

Paint stainsIf the spot that is affected is small, you can remove it on your own using household supplies and some detergent help. For the clean up of small stains you’ll need:

  • isopropyl alcohol
  • several white highly absorbent towels
  • a detergent and water solution of a ratio of 1:30 respectively

Paint isn’t an easy stain to deal with, it might be the most devastating one. However, if you are patient you will get it out. You will have to do the following:

  1. Remove any excess of the top of the stain with a fine knife – go over the top of the paint stain and remove it without pressing down to the fibers or you will drive the paint deeper in and maybe into the backing of the carpet. You can use a ladle or whatever you think might work.
  2. Blot out with a wet cloth as much of the paint as possible – always start out with the least invasive cleaning solution.
  3. Use isopropyl alcohol to dissolve and remove the paint – always use a towel or a rug to apply the solvent, apply some on the tip of the towel and use that to blot out the stain.
  4. Important:Avoid applying it directly onto the carpet or it will seep into the backing of the carpet and get between the 1st and 2nd backing and dissolve the latex glue between them.

  5. Apply the solvent anew – each time you use a clean spot on the towel and continue with the process until you are getting a stain transfer.
  6. Blot out from the edges in to avoid spreading the stain to other parts of the carpet.
  7. Once you are no longer getting stain transfer its time to move on the water and hand dish washing solution.This solution will neutralize the solvent and further help with the removal of the stain.

  8. Make a solution of 1 tbsp of the detergent and 1 L of water in a spray bottles.
  9. Apply the solution on the carpet.
  10. Blot out the area until the stain is gone.
  11. Remove the detergent residue with cold water – you can blot out the moisture, using cold water spray the area for a more thorough rinsing.
  12. Remove the moisture in the carpet – use a dry towel and a weight to do this.

Dealing with big spills

If the staining is more than a couple of drops and you’ve kicked the can of paint over then you can’t really do it on your own. However, you can mitigate the damage and optimize your chances of stain removal by professionals. To ensure that the stain is removed you have to keep it moist, if the stain dries it’s pretty much impossible to remove it without damage to the carpet. Get out as much of the paint as possible, using a spatula or a ladle or spoon get all of the paint off, don’t press or it will get into the backing of the carpet. Apply moist, not wet towels on the spill and cover that with foil, it creates a moisture barrier keeping the stain wet for a longer period of time.