Paint Stain on Light Colored Carpet


I have a brand new Berber carpet, it's off-white. I knocked over a can of lime green paint and got it all up. I steam cleaned the carpet but there is still a slight greenish tint. I scrub brushed it, tried to bleach a spot, all to no avail. Can anyone help. I just bought the carpet and I am very annoyed at myself. Thanks.

Janet from PA.


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By kattankerous 39 06/09/2005

Have you tried a weak solution of fingernail polish remover??? Now this is just a suggestion... i dont know if it will work. And try it in a very conspicous spot, very small spot first. Call a carpet store and ask them first.
We have light berber with the mixed colored fibers and spagetti got spilled in it. I got it all up by cleaning with dawn dish soap and carpet cleaner. Then i could still see it , so someone told me about peroxide in spray bottle with water. This took it all out. But i dont think it will help with paint. But you could try it. Only thing is, i didnt realize my carpet was dirty and so that spot was cleaner when i got thru, LOL, so i had to clean the rest.

Let me know what works.


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By kattankerous 39 06/09/2005

Hey, my husband said watered down paint thinner. Which is what nail polish remover is too i think. Anyways read the bottle/can first to make sure it doesnt do anything to the carpet and/or glue that holds it together.

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By Marilyn Otte (Guest Post) 06/09/2005

I don't know that I would put nail polish remover on my carpet? I know that rubbing alcohol will remove dried on paint and so does plain ol' vodka. Just put some on a sponge and sponge it on and rinse it off. Repeat until stain is gone.

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By Marilyn (Guest Post) 06/10/2005

Never was able to get the paint out, but wonder of wonders, my homeowners insurance paid to replace it (except for the deductible)

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By (Guest Post) 06/11/2005

Professionals may be able to replace just the area the spot is in. It may be the only resort other than replacing it all.

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By Janet from PA (Guest Post) 06/19/2005

Thanks, I will try a test run on extra scraps that I have to see if it hurts the carpet.

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By Emmett (Guest Post) 07/07/2006

I have paintball stains on my carpet and i can't get them out!!!Can anyone help at all???

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By (Guest Post) 02/25/2007

Try fairy washing up liquid and water on a cloth might help.

God bless.

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By Amy (Guest Post) 05/22/2008

I got brick red paint out of a off white berber carpet using only rubbing alcohol and a lot of muscle! It took a lot of blotting and a little rubbing with a lot of alcohol and I had to do it several times, but the carpet is back to normal!

Good Luck!

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By Bobbi (Guest Post) 08/11/2008

I have a light brown color carpet and my dog got into some green paint we had hidden behind the shed and came into the house marking up the carpet. I used warm water with oxy clean and blotted it up. This truly work for us. Take a soaked clothe with the solution and blot deeply and with some paper towels blot it out. It comes up easy.

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By Cynthia (Guest Post) 11/30/2008

Saw a different post in here and the people said to try barbasol shaving cream.

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By LB (Guest Post) 01/13/2009

I recently missed placing my drop sheets properly over the carpet (light grey) while painting. I asked friends & family for suggestions and tried the following 2 methods:

1: I used a pressure steamer to break down the latex paint and scrubbed. This worked OK except that it also removed some of the carpet strands.

2. BEST METHOD. I used liquid TSP diluted with a bit of water (test in an inconspicuous area first) and let it sit. After it broke down, I scrubbed it with a bristle brush and it came out perfectly. To remove the TSP residue, I used a home carpet steamer with plain water until it returned clean water only. That area looks a bit more worn than the rest of the carpet but WAY better than if the stains were still there.

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