Paint Stains: How to Get Them Out of Your Carpet

By November 29, 2018Carpet Cleaner, For Client

When you’re painting inside your house, there’s nothing worse than spilling paint on your carpet. But luckily, we have several methods to help you handle all manner of paint stains. But remember to always do a spot test on an area of carpet or upholstery that’s not normally visible.

Water-Based Paint Stains

If the paint stain is still wet, blot the area with a paper towel, don’t scrub, only blot. If the stain is dry, apply hot water with a little bit of detergent. Let the solution sit for a little bit to soften the paint. After the paint has softened, use a knife or other similar object to scrape off the paint. Keep adding more solution as you scrape. If the paint isn’t softening, you can use a handheld steamer on the carpet while you scrape.

Latex Paint Stains

Blot the stain to remove as much wet paint as possible. Mix a cup of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of mild detergent. Blot the stain with the solution, working from the outside of the area to the inside. After letting the area dry, vacuum the carpet.

Oil-Based Stains

If the paint stain is dry, use a steamer to soften it. Apply the steam directly to the stain. At the same time, pick at the stain with a needle or similar object to break up the paint. Keep working on it until the stain is removed but be careful not to damage the carpet fibers.


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