how to remove paint from carpetsIs your child an artist who ends up decorating your floor and not the paper too often? Or maybe you’re repainting a room and drip onto the carpet. There are a lot of ways that paint can end up on carpet. Luckily, paint is one of the easiest things to remove before it stains your carpets. Just follow these steps. It’s important to act quickly, so start as soon as you notice the new stain.

How To Treat Wet Paint on Carpet

The most important thing to remember is to not scrub the paint spill while it is still wet! This will only push the paint deeper into the carpet’s fibers and make it harder to remove. We’ve been trained to scrub stains, but make sure to resist the urge. Instead, soak up the paint with a towel or paper towel.

In a similar vein, it’s important to avoid blotting the paint with the towel, because blotting can also cause it to soak further into your carpet. Simply lay the paper towel over the stain and let it do the work. You can place something heavy on it to speed up the process (but be sure that it’s okay with getting a little paint on it if the paint soaks through the towel!) Repeat this process until there is little or no moisture left.

After you have soaked up as much moisture as you can from the carpet, let the paint dry overnight. We know this sounds crazy, but this really is the most effective way to remove it completely. Just keep reading!

Removing Dry Paint From Carpet

Once the paint has dried overnight, you have a few options. If one of the following does’t work for you, simply try another until you are able to completely remove the stain:

  • Now that the stain is completely dry, use a rag to vigorously scrub the area. The paint should fleck off in little pieces. Once all of the paint has been fleece doff, vacuum over the area to remove.
  • Use a knife or razor blade to pick off the chunks of dried paint off of the carpet fibers. Be extra careful not to actually cut your carpet.
  • Use an old toothbrush or towel to gently apply nail polish remover to the stain. Avoid using too much remover, as this can eat away at the adhesive on the back of your carpet. The stain should slowly begin the fade. Repeat this process several times if necessary. Once the stain is removed, go over the carpet with a wet rag to remove traces of the nail polish remover, and then again with a vacuum.
  • Spray the affected area with the WD-40 then let it sit for about 25 minutes. WD-40 works well at breaking down tough stains like dried paint. Gently dab the area, rinse it with water, then vacuum.

After trying each of these methods, it’s still a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned to make sure the stain is entirely removed and won’t come back in the future. Your preventive care plus a team of expert stain removers equals the best results.

That’s where Short Stop Chem-Dry comes in! Our carpet cleaning experts have tackled all kinds of stains, including paint. If you’re in the Detroit area, schedule an appointment or call (586) 612-1830 today to talk to the carpet cleaning experts at Short Stop Chem-Dry.