There are a lot of ways that paint can end up on your carpet. Maybe you’re repainting a room and dripped paint on your carpets. Maybe your child loves art projects but isn’t great at staying on the paper. Maybe you bought some paint for a project and accidentally knocked the can over. No matter the source of your paint mess, it may seem like a stain that you’ll never be able to get out. Paint is known as a tricky stain, but it’s not actually as hard to remove as some people believe. Here are some easy steps to follow to remove both wet or dry paint from any type of carpet.
How To Treat Wet Paint on Carpet
It’s best to treat stains while they are still wet. This is especially true for paint stains, which can dry into a huge clump if a lot of paint was spilled. Take the time to treat a paint stain as soon as it happens if you can. Here’s what to do to clean wet paint:
- Don’t scrub the stain. This is most people’s first instinct, but scrubbing can actually set the stain deeper in your carpets and make it harder to remove. Instead, start by scooping up excess wet paint with a spoon.
- once you’ve removed as much as you can with a spoon, pull out the paper towels. Use these to soak up any extra paint that you can. Again, don’t scrub the stain! Just apply gentle pressure. Replace the paper towel once it’s soaked through with paint. You can put a large stack of paper towels with a book (something you’re okay with getting paint on) over the stain for a few hours to get the best results. Throw the paint-soaked paper towels away immediately or you can cause a bigger mess.
- Once you’ve removed as much of the wet as you can. let it dry overnight. This might seem counterintuitive, but there isn’t much else that you can do at this point.
How to Remove Dry Paint From Carpet
Once you’ve let the paint dry overnight, or if you’ve just discovered a paint stain that has already dried, there are a few approaches that you can take. Go through the list and try these methods. moving on if it doesn’t work for you.
- Use a rag to vigorously scrub the stain. Make sure that paint is completely dry before you attempt this. You should see the paint come off in flakes. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, vacuum over the area to remove the paint chips.
- Use a knife or razor blade to pick or scrape off the chunks of dried paint. Be sure to take great care not to cut your carpet. Obviously, this should only be attempted by an adult.
- Pull out the nail polish remover and use a white paper towel to gently dab it on the paint. You might want to test this on a small part of your carpet first as it can cause the colors in your carpet to fade. Avoid using too much remover, as this can eat away at the adhesive on the back of your carpet. The paint should slowly start to fade, though you may have to repeat the process a few times to get it completely out. Once you’ve removed the paint, go over the area with a wet rag to get the nail polish remover out.
- Try WD-40. You should be able to get this at any home improvement store in a spray form. Though it’s not made specifically for carpet stains, it works well at breaking down tough stains like dried paint. Spray the affected area with the WD-40 then let it sit for about 25 minutes. Gently dab the area, and then rinse it with water. If the stain isn’t completely removed, repeat the process. Once you’ve got the stain out, vacuum the area.
- Use Goo Gone. This is meant to remove sticky go as well as other difficult stains and it can often remove paint on carpets as well. Dab a little on the affected area and let it sit be move wiping it up with a wet cloth.
- If you can’t get the stain out, call up a professional carpet cleaner. Make sure to choose a company that specializes in carpet stain removal, such as Great American Chem-Dry. A good carpet cleaner should be able to get the stain out for good and prevent it from reappearing later. In fact, it’s a good idea to have a carpet cleaner go over the affected area just to make sure that the stain is permanently removed.
It might seem like stains are permanent, however, most carpet stains can be removed with persistence or by a professional. You aren’t cursed to have a brightly colored paint stain in your carpet permanently.