How to Get Paint Out of Carpet

How to Get Paint Out of Carpet

Has paint spilled accidentally on your expensive carpet, making you feel miserable? Stop worrying and read the following article, which provides a step wise guide for getting paint out of carpet.
Carpet flooring lends any room, whether small or big, its own distinct look. They are used in the living room, dining room, bedroom and other covered areas of the house. Maintaining and cleaning carpets from time to time can be quite a task, because most of them are quite heavy and have a very high probability of getting dirty as they are spread out on the floor. Besides the regular maintenance, there might be stains on the carpet which can be even more tedious to clean. Wines, paints, food items, etc. if not cleaned in time, when the stain is still fresh, can be very difficult to get rid of. Here is a step wise method for removing paint out of carpet, and restore it back to its original appearance.

Getting Fresh Paint Out of Carpet

Step 1
Preferably, work on the spilled paint stain, when it is still fresh. Try blotting the extra paint from the carpet by soaking the paint with a piece of cloth.

Step 2
In a bowl, make a solution of water and detergent. Take some cotton and soak the detergent solution with it, after that rub it on the stain. If you do this immediately, within minutes of the paint spilling on the carpet, the stain should get removed easily, just by soaking the paint.

Step 3
Wash the stain area with clean water and let it dry. You may use a vacuum cleaner to dry it quickly.

Getting Old Stain Out of Carpet

If the stain is old or if it does not get removed by the detergent and water solution, then the next alternative for stain removal is treating the paint stain with club soda and salt.

Step 1
Take some club soda and pour it on the paint stain. Care should be taken to pour it only on the stain and not to spread it around it, as it can spoil the carpet even more.

Step 2
Take about one tablespoon of salt and put it on the stain. Now, rub the salt along with the club soda on the stain.

Step 3
Leave the mixture of salt and club soda on the stain for about fifteen minutes. Then taking a piece of cloth, blot the paint stain and the mixture, off the carpet.

Step 4
Apply a mixture of detergent and water on the stained area of the carpet. Later clean it with plain, lukewarm water to get rid of the paint stain as well as the leftover salt, club soda and detergent.

Other Methods

Other ways of removing paint stains are applying acetone or nail polish remover which contains acetone on the stain and applying hydrogen peroxide on the stained carpet. Acetone can be simply poured on the stain and then left for about five minutes. Later, the stain has to be scrubbed and cleaned with a detergent and water solution. Hydrogen peroxide has to be rubbed on the stain, followed by scrubbing of the stained carpet area and soaking up the stain with a piece of cloth. These methods can be quite effective especially for stubborn stains. However, since both entail usage of strong chemicals, the carpet is at a risk of losing its color or texture when cleaned through these methods.

Besides these methods, there are professional cleaning services which you can hire to get rid of the stains, especially if the carpet is very expensive. A cheap and easy alternative is treating the stain with an all purpose cleaner and degrease products available in the market.
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