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Stains: How to Remove Paint from your Carpet

Date posted: 24 November 2016

Paint is easier to remove while it is still wet – and water-based paint is generally easier to remove from a carpet than oil-based paint – but regardless, you should be able to get rid of the stain as long as you follow appropriate cleaning steps.

Here are our tips for getting paint out of a carpet:

Removing water-based paint

  1. Paint is easier to clean off while it is still wet. If it is wet, scrape up as much of the paint as possible before blotting the area with a piece of kitchen / paper towel. If it has already dried into your carpet, find a hard-bristled brush to brush away as much dry paint as possible.
  2. If a lot of paint has been dropped or spilt, soak the stain with water and lay towels over the area to blot up the liquid before moving on to step 3.
  3. Add soapy water (or alternatively a white spirit/turpentine) and then continue to scrape off any residual paint. When using solvents, always test it on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it on the stain, to check for any damage to the fibres, or colour bleeding.
  4. Spray the stained carpet with a little water, then blot up with white spirits or turpentine.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain has disappeared completely.  

Removing oil-based paint

  1. As is the case with water-based paint, oil-based is also easier to clean off while it is still wet, in which case you need to scrape off as much as you can without rubbing it in. If the paint has already dried, find a hard-bristled brush to brush away as much dry paint as possible.
  2. Use a small amount of white spirits / turpentine to blot the paint stain.  
  3. Again, scrape away the excess, blot, and spray the stain with water.  
  4. Alternate between blotting with the white spirits / turpentine and then with clean water until the stain has been removed.
  5. Blot repeatedly with a little warm water mixed with some washing-up liquid until you can’t remove any more paint.
  6. Blot with plain, clean water to remove any soap residue.
  7. Allow the carpet to dry completely.
  8. Vacuum the area to get up any final dried bits of paint.

The same processes apply if you spill paint on upholstery.

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