Does your child’s paint always seem to find it’s way onto your carpet? You may find yourself torn between wanting to eliminate the risk of paint stains and continuing to foster your child’s creativity. Luckily, you don’t have to choose! Paint is actually easier to remove than many other stains. So sit back and relax while we share a few tips for removing paint stains from your carpet.
How to Treat Wet Paint
When a paint spill happens, your initial reaction is probably to start blotting or scrubbing. However, that is the worst possible thing to do with a paint stain! This forces the paint deeper into your carpet fibers, making it much more difficult to remove.
Instead, lay down a dry towel to soak up the paint. Repeat this process until the moisture is totally absorbed. This will require patience, but soaking up the paint first will help the cleaning process in the long run.
Removing Dry Paint
Allow the remaining paint to dry overnight. Then, you can try one of the following methods to remove the dry paint:
- Use a knife or razor. Be cautious, but sometimes you can pick the dried paint off your carpet with a sharp edge. You may need to vigorously scrub the paint with a dry rag first to break up the paint. Finish by vacuuming up any remaining dry bits of paint.
- Nail polish remover. Use a brush or old rag to apply nail polish removed onto the dried paint. Repeat this process until you see the paint color fades. Next, rinse the affected area with cold water and dab it with a rag. Finish with vacuuming.
- WD-40. This comes in a lubricant spray and does a great job breaking down dried paint. Spray the affected area and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Repeat the process if necessary, then rinse with water and vacuum.