paint-on-carpetThere are times when do-it-yourself painting enthusiasts run into errors like spilling paint on their carpet. Or your child decided that it was okay to paint your area rug or the chairs that were recently painted weren’t fully dry when you decided to move them back to their original location. Whatever the scenario may be, there are a few do-it-yourself ways to remove paints from rugs and carpets. Remember that it’s highly recommended to catch the paint while it’s still wet but sometimes the spots aren’t noticed until they are dry.

We have put together a few tips that have been proven to get rid of dried paint on the carpet and some other suggestions to remove different paints.

Removing Paint from Carpet with WD-40

WD-40 is a great product that prevents rust, silences those annoying hardware squeaks, and displaces moisture. There are many other great uses for WD-40, including removing those paint stains from your carpet!!.

What you need:

1 – Can of WD-40
1 – Knife or razor blade
1 – Pair of durable gloves
1 – Bottle of dish washing liquid
1 – Hard bristle brush
Clean, white rags
  1. Before beginning the removal of the paint with WD-40, use the knife or razor blade to get rid of as much paint as possible.
  2. Apply WD-40 to the area that is stained with paint and it will softens up.  Gently work the WD-40 with a clean, white rag then let it set in for about 20 minutes.
  3. This step requires a little extra elbow grease while scrubbing the area with the applied WD-40.
  4. The paint stain should be removed and you can proceed with adding a small amount of dish washing liquid to clean the area of the carpet. Then let it dry.

Always remember when working with chemicals, WD-40, it’s important to use with caution. You can protect yourself by wearing protective gloves while removing paint from the carpet. If WD-40 is not available, there is also the option of using nail polish remover or paint thinner instead.

Razor Blade First, Always

It does not matter how you choose to get rid of dried paint stains, you will always be required to use a knife or razor blade first. When using paint thinner, it’s a good idea to absorb the stain with the rag instead of scrubbing the stain. When the paint begins coming off, you can then scrub alternately and blot the paint stain. Always clean up the paint stained area with a dish washing detergent and water.

Removing Dried Latex Paint from Your Carpet

If latex paint has found its way on your carpet, the good news is it can easily be removed even if the paint has been dried for a couple of days.

  1. First, try dissolving or saturating the paint stain with hot water. This should help soften the paint.
  2. Put a hot, wet and clean rag over the paint stain and let it set for a few minutes.
  3. Blot the moisture and keep adding hot water while blotting until the paint stain has been fully removed from that area of carpet.

Removing Water-Based Paint on Your Carpet

  1. Try to get as much of the paint stain that’s possible by blotting with a wet, clean rag. Do not scrub the paint stain.
  2. Remove any leftover dry paint with a razor blade or knife.
  3. The last step is to use dish washing detergent and hot water to clean the rest of it up.

Don’t get stuck with nasty paint stains on your carpet! Hire a professional painter in Venice, FL to handle your next painting project. Get your estimate today by calling Burnett Painting at 1-800-PAINTING.