Remove Paint From Carpet

Remove Paint From Carpet

Paint can be one of the hardest spots to remove - even for
professional carpet cleaners. The most important thing to remember is
that if you try to remove paint from carpet before the paint has dried, you'll
have much better odds of success. Once the paint dries, it will be far more difficult
or even impossible to remove the stain.

Once you spill paint on your carpet, the first thing to do is quickly blot up as much paint as you can with a clean white cloth, working from the outside in to avoid spreading the stain. Once you have removed all you can, get a wet cloth and blot again.

Next, mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water. Wet a clean, white cloth with the soapy water and blot the stain. If there is still some paint residue left behind, apply a small amount of odorless mineral spirits to a new cloth and blot the paint spot again.

(Note: You don't ever want to put mineral spirits directly in your carpet. Too much solvent can damage the backing of the carpet. Always pour a small amount on a cloth and blot.)

Once you have removed as much of the paint as possible, pour a small amount of clean water over the paint spot and extract with a wetvac. Residue that was left from the previous steps will be removed as you extract the clean water. Once the carpet is completely dry, vacuum the area thouroughly. If the stain remains, repeat the process.

If you still cannot remove a spot, give us a call and we will be happy to come remove it for you.

Video guide for removing a paint spill

Why is it so hard to remove paint from carpet?

When paint is spilled on carpet as a liquid, it gets deep into the fibers of the carpet. Acrylic paint and water colors begin to harden quickly as they lose water through evaporation. Oil paint begins to harden as the oil begins to oxidize. Water solubable oil paint dries through a combination of oxidation and evaporation.

Regardless of what type of paint you spill on the carpet, as it dries, it will harden into all of the cracks and crevices that it has penetrated into inside the carpet fibers. This is why speed is essential to removing a paint spill on carpet. The wetter the paint is, the easier it is to extract from the carpet fibers. As paint dries and bonds to carpet fibers, you must work a lot harder to get all of the dried paint out of the fibers of the carpet.

Dried paint cannot simply be extracted from carpet and must be broken down with solvents before it can be removed. In many cases, depending on severity of the spill and the hardness of the paint, it may not be possible to remove the spot without patching the carpet. If the paint spill is small, but still too hard to dissolve, you can often clip the worst areas of paint with scissors before dissoloving and extracting the rest. you must use great caution when clipping painted carpet fibers though as removing too many fibers will leave a noticeable bald spot in your carpet.

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