Below I've gathered tips for removing paint from carpet, including both reader submissions and some videos from around the web.
I will be honest with you though -- this is one of the toughest stains to remove, especially once the paint dries.
Therefore, if it is a really huge spill, like of a whole gallon of the paint, or something of that nature, or the carpet is really expensive, it may be best just to call in a professional.
However, it you want to have a go of it yourself then the tips and home remedies will hopefully help you.
Sometimes this is a procedure of trying various things, until one finally works. You want to try the gentlest removal methods first, and only go to the harsher treatments if you must.
In addition, it will make some difference in your removal process depending on what type of paint you've gotten on your carpeting, from latex, oil-based, water-based, acrylic, spray paint, or another variety.
Therefore, to the extent that the tips I've received specify what type paint they removed, I will make sure to make that clear to you.
If you've got your own tip or home remedy I'd love to hear from you too, and will add your suggestions to this page. You can share your paint stain removal tips here for carpet, or for any other surface, or check out the other tips that have already been submitted.
Now, with no further ado, scroll on down to see the instructions and ideas that have already been submitted.
Acetone (see tip below from a reader for more details)
Steam carpet cleaner (see tip below for example of the before and after pictures)
Basically, this video suggests trying some gentler methods for removal, before bringing out the big guns to get rid of these spots and spills.
First, it suggests scraping any wet paint carefully (so as not to smear) off the carpet so you're dealing with as little of the spill as possible.
Next, create a cleaning solution of 1 cup of warm water, to which you add 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent or dish soap, and use the solution to blot at the stain. You should rinse and repeat this step as many times as necessary until no more paint is removed with this method.
Then, try a stain removal solution of 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water, and again blot, rinse and repeat.
The next step is to try acetone. I highly suggest before doing this step that you first test acetone in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before applying it -- you don't want to find out after dumping it all over your carpet that it discolors or otherwise harms it.
Further, the video shows them basically pouring the acetone onto the carpeting. This is a big no no, because you'll soak the carpet padding with the liquid this way, which is not a good thing. Instead of pouring any type of stain remover on your carpeting, blot it, or apply it carefully with an eye dropper so you don't get any wetter than necessary.
Then, with the acetone, blot with a clean white cloth. Keep using new cloths so you don't accidentally re-transfer paint back onto the spot when dabbing at the acetone.
Next, the video suggests using a home steam carpet cleaner.
Finally, the video suggests using a commercial paint remover that you would get at the hardware store. Again, test such a product in an inconspicuous area of your carpet before applying directly to the spot or spill.
How To Get Latex Paint Out Of Carpet: Methods To Try
Here's a video with method for how to get latex paint out of carpet.
It is very important to try to remove latex paint before it dries, because it is once it dries that it really begins to dye and stain your carpet fibers.
Some of the items that this video suggests that you use for removing these spots and spills include:
Liquid dish soap
Pliers or scissors
This video, similar to the one above, also suggests trying the safest methods for removal first, and only trying the harsher methods if the easier ones don't work, at least to a certain extent.
I think there is definitely some good things to learn from this video, otherwise I wouldn't have put it up, but I am not as big of a fan of this one as the one above.
The reason is that some of these methods can be a bit extreme, depending on how large the spill of paint is on your carpet fibers.
For example, the video suggests using pliers to pull the paint off the carpet fibers, or to use scissors and cut out the fibers which have paint on them. Sometimes this may work. If you've ever used latex paint you know it can almost peel off certain surfaces, and if it is a very small spot if any of the individual fibers are stained from the paint snipping them away may be possible without much visual notice.
However, if you have a huge spill you'll basically make a huge bald spot in your carpet with this method, so use your common sense with this suggestion. I would only recommend it for a drop or two of paint, at the most!
There are actually a lot of uses for glycerin around your home, and I've gathered many of them at the link. Check them out and also share your own uses with me, if you like to use this product for something in your home.
These are the suggestions I've compiled for removing paint from carpet. If you've got more ideas and tips I'd love to hear them! You can share your tips here, or read others that have already been submitted.
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