You painting project was going perfectly well. You loved the way the colors were just blending together to give your home a new look. And then you realized that you had painted something that you didn’t intend painting – your new carpet! This can lead to a lot of disappointment and frustration, since paint stains on carpets can be quite stubborn. The methods of removal of paint stains from carpets depend, to a great deal, on the quantity of paint that has spilt. If you have spilt the whole bucket of paint on your carpet, it is best to contact your home insurance company. They will let you know if they provide coverage due to paint spills. If there is not much paint that has spilt on your carpet, you could get rid of the stains by simply identifying the type of paint and using the appropriate methods of cleaning.
How To Get Rid Of Paints From Carpet
A universal method of paint removal from carpets is to check out the instructions that the paint bucket mentions to clean brushes. If the paint is water soluble, it would usually recommend using water and soap. If the paint is oil based, it would recommend using white spirit or turpentine. If there are no instructions mentioned, or if you are not too sure what to do, follow the below pointers depending on the type of paint.
Acrylic paint is water-soluble and is often used by children for arts and crafts. As it is water soluble, it is quite easy to remove! Mix laundry detergent in water and soak a towel in it. Scrub the paint stain off the carpet using this towel. Be careful not to scrub too hard, or you will end up damaging your carpet. Soak the towel again in the detergent-water, and place it on the paint stain. Leave the towel on for 2 hours and then vacuum the carpet.
Oil Based Paint
These can be quite stubborn to remove, and can result in a lot of frustration and frayed tempers! To remove these paint stains, you will require a special solvent such as methylated spirit, white spirit, or turpentine. Soak a towel in the solvent and blot out the stain on the carpet. Leave the towel on the carpet for two hours before vacuuming. A point of caution is, ensure that you blot out the stain carefully so that it doesn’t spread and become worse!
Water Soluble Paint
Known as emulsion or latex paints, water-soluble paints are probably the simplest paints to remove from carpets. The first step is to wipe up the excess paint. If the spill is fresh, you could use a paper napkin or a damp cloth to carefully wipe it up. If it is an old one, you could scrape it off the carpet with a blunt instrument. However, be careful not to damage the carpet, while doing this. Soak a towel in detergent-water, and gently rub the stain, until it completely dissolves. For older stains, you might need to let the detergent-water soak in a bit before rubbing. Never scrub the stain – use blotting movements to remove it.