Wet Paint on Carpet

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Painting a room and spilled some on the carpet? Act fast! Read our blog for tips on how to remove paint from carpet:

So you finally get around to some major spring cleaning, and you decide that your bedroom needs a little sprucing up. What’s an easy way to give a room a new look and feel? New paint.

You choose the perfect new color and you’re painting away, finally getting into a good flow, moving right along. Then the dog, or your child, sneaks in the room, and before you know it paint has spilled all over the carpet. Or maybe it was you who clumsily knocked over the bucket of paint. Either way, you now have a big mess on your hands.

So now what do you do? Your first reaction is to start looking for new carpet. But fear not. Paint can be removed from carpeting. New carpet is not inevitable.

Read on for some tips to clean-up the mess and remove paint from carpet so you can get back to painting that room.

First, it is important to know what type of paint you are working with.

Types of Paint:

  1. Latex-based
  2. Water-based
  3. Oil-based

Steps to Remove Paint from Carpet

Latex-based is most commonly used on walls and ceilings.

Here are the steps for removal of latex-based paint from carpet:

  1. If the paint is still wet- blot paint with old towels or paper towels to remove as much paint as you can. Blot, don’t scrub.
  2. If paint is dry- saturate spot with hot water to soften the paint, then soak up with a towel.
  3. Mix lukewarm water with 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent.
  4. Use a towel to blot stain from outside to inside with mixture.
  5. Keep saturating the spot and blotting until paint is gone.
  6. Let the spot dry completely and then vacuum area well.

If your paint is water-based follow these steps:

  1. Blot spot with paper towel if the paint is still wet, be gentle and do not scrub stain.
  2. If paint is dry mix hot water and a little dish detergent. Pour mixture over stain and let sit a few minutes to soften the paint.
  3. Gently scrape paint with a knife to remove. Add more hot water and detergent mixture as needed until all paint is removed. If the paint is not softening enough, a hand steamer can also be used.
  4. Allow carpet to dry, then vacuum.

If your paint is oil-based follow these instructions:

  1. If paint is dry use a steamer to soften. Apply steam directly to stain while picking at the paint with a needle or pin to break it up.
  2. Continue this process until all paint is removed.
  3. Wash area with lukewarm water and dish washing detergent.
  4. Allow to fully dry, then vacuum area.

In many cases it may be necessary to use chemicals like turpentine, acetone, and WD40 to fully remove paint from carpeting. If you’re envisioning your child or pet crawling around on the carpet and the thought of using these chemicals makes you cringe, you have other options.

Learn more about Champion Chem-Dry and our services.